Mutrux Law Firm Yearly Roundup: Best of 2011

Personal Injury Litigation: Veterans Administration Lien

Today I was confronted with yet another disastrous lien scenario; the Veterans Administration had placed a $419,000.00 lien on my client’s case.  My client’s husband had died in an auto accident last year when they were rear-ended by another driver.  Although we are also pursuing a products liability case against the vehicle manufacturer, this case […]

Written by Tyson Mutrux | March 31st, 2011


Personal Injury Litigation: The Importance of Following Up

Last week, I had an adjuster (from a company I won’t mention) that denied my client’s personal injury claim because the adjuster claimed to have a witness to the auto accident. My client had been injured in a car wreck when the other driver ran a red light while attempting to make a left turn. […]

Written by Tyson Mutrux | April 1st, 2011


You’ve received a ticket at some point. How many points were assessed to your license? None if you hired an attorney.

If you had only hired an attorney, these points probably wouldn’t have gone onto your license (this is no secret, by the way). Clients are usually shocked at how just a few traffic violations can rack up the points. Below is a rather comprehensive but not exhaustive list of point violations in Missouri. Note that […]

Written by Tyson Mutrux | July 26th, 2011


Can a Police Officer Have Your Blood Drawn Without Your Permission if He Suspects You of Driving Drunk?

  The Missouri Supreme Court is deciding that very question this fall in State of Missouri v. McNeely.  The case was transferred from the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District on June 21, 2011. Before transferring the case, the Eastern District expressly stated what its opinion would be had it not transferred the […]

Written by Tyson Mutrux | July 13th, 2011


Have You Ever Just Paid A Traffic Ticket? Bad Idea.

I remember when I was younger I would just pay my traffic fines and move along.  It never occurred to me that I should hire an attorney.  As a result, the cost of my auto insurance sky-rocketed. Had I known what I know now, I would have simply paid an attorney $50 to have the […]

Written by Tyson Mutrux | July 10th, 2011



15 WAYS TO CHALLENGE A MISSOURI DWI 1)  FIELD SOBRIETY TEST ADMINISTERED BY THE OFFICER NOT RELIABLE EVIDENCE OF INTOXICATION – a healthy, sober individual who takes the one-leg stand test will only pass the test 65% of the time, and walk-and-turn test only 68% of the time.  Persons with injuries, medical conditions, are 50 pounds or greater overweight, and […]

Written by Tyson Mutrux | July 4th, 2011


Should I agree to a Breath or Chemical Test if I’m arrested for DWI in Missouri?

It depends.  You can always refuse a breathalyzer test, but it could make a bad situation worse. In Missouri, a breathalyzer refusal can result in a license suspension for 1 year.  The prosecution will also use this fact against you if your case goes to trial. Even if you refuse, the officer can still get […]

Written by Tyson Mutrux | August 24th, 2011

Will a lawyer cost more if I have more than one DWI?

Not if he knows what he’s doing.  The penalties for you are steeper, but the cost of defense shouldn’t be. Much of the defense is based upon the police report and the facts surrounding the arrest, not the number of DWIs you have. Thus, think twice about hiring an attorney that is going to charge […]

Written by Tyson Mutrux | August 24th, 2011

How do you know if you’re too drunk to drive? Yes, there’s an app for that…

The Google Marketplace and the Apple App Store now feature an app for estimating your blood alcohol content (BAC).   No, this isn’t a joke, and yes, I think it’s a great idea (even though it’s only a rough estimate).   The app even allows you to call a local cab company directly from the app. […]

Written by Tyson Mutrux | August 19th, 2011


How much will that DWI cost you? You might not want to look…

Last week the Christian County Headliner ran a very good article about the high costs of a DWI.  The numbers are astounding, but not surprising. DWIs are an easy way for towns and counties to make money, so they take advantage of it.   Below is a list of costs put together by the Headliner. […]

Written by Tyson Mutrux | August 10th, 2011


What Are the Stages of an Auto Accident Case in Missouri?

In Auto Accident Cases, the process of getting to recovery can be very frustrating.  Most frustration comes from not knowing what to expect next. Multiplying your frustration are stories of people that have had their case settled in just a few months or even weeks. Some cases can be resolved quickly, but whether yours does depends on many […]

Written by Tyson Mutrux | August 10th, 2011

Why $1 Million does’t always mean $1 Million

Do you ever see attorneys advertising million-dollar judgments?  If you ever have the chance, ask that attorney how he obtained the judgment. You’ll likely be shocked by the answer. Often, the judgment was what we call a “default judgment,” essentially meaning that the defendant never answered the lawsuit or failed to appear.  When this happens, […]

Written by Tyson Mutrux | August 3rd, 2011 | 1 comment

Do you really need underinsured motorist coverage on your auto policy? Yes, and here’s why…

Many of you probably don’t know anything about underinsured motorist coverage.  It kicks in when 1) you’ve been in an auto accident; 2) the other driver was at fault; 3) you were injured; and 4) the other driver’s auto policy doesn’t cover the total of your medical bills and pain and suffering for the injuries […]

Written by Tyson Mutrux | August 1st, 2011 | 2 comments

The 3 Most Important Things You Should Photograph After an Auto Accident

1. Your Injuries: If you don’t have documentation of your injuries, they don’t exist.  The best way of documenting your injuries is through your medical records, but photographs are a great back-up.  Plus, if your doctor leaves out part of your injuries in the records, you can always show the pictures. 2. The Vehicles Involved […]

Written by Tyson Mutrux | September 29th, 2011


Do you have to list a suspended imposition of sentence (SIS) on job applications?

If granted an SIS – Suspended Imposition of Sentence – the Court views the matter as a conviction until such a time that a successful “Discharge Order” is signed releasing you from the Court’s jurisdiction. It is strongly suggest that the probationer be honest on all applications and provide further clarification to the potential employer […]

Written by Tyson Mutrux | September 27th, 2011


July 2011 Missouri Bar Exam Results

Congratulations to the successful candidates who passed the July 2011 Missouri Bar Exam.  Click below for the list of successful candidates.   List of Successful Candidates  Jessica Renee Adams Kofi A dzamli Alexander Phillip Aguilera Genev ra Weno nah Alb erti R. Dawn Allen Angela Kathleen Amato Alexis Ambrose Douglas Robert Anderson Jill Christine Anderson […]

Written by Tyson Mutrux | September 14th, 2011


What is my personal injury case worth?

People are uncomfortable talking about money.  Judges, juries, lawyers, and clients are all uncomfortable talking about money.  Society tells us that such talk is impolite. Maybe society is right.  But the very purpose of our legal system in personal injury cases is to fairly compensate the injury victim for his/her injuries with money damages. Accordingly, the goal […]

Written by Tyson Mutrux | October 1st, 2011


It Can Happen to Anyone: Mizzou Coach Gary Pinkel Arrested for DWI

Ever think you’ll never get a DWI?  Think again. The head football coach for the Missouri Tigers, Gary Pinkel, was arrested Wednesday night for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Pinkel was stopped by a Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy on Keene Street in Columbia at about 10:15 p.m. for improper lane and signal usage.  I wouldn’t […]

Written by Tyson Mutrux | November 17th, 2011


Case Dismissed for Failure to Prosecute

My client was charged with leaving the scene of an accident. Interestingly, the first my client ever heard anything about the charges was when she received a court summons in the mail. My client wasn’t in the area when the alleged offense occurred and no police officer ever called her to investigate the matter. Knowing […]

Written by Tyson Mutrux | November 11th, 2011


Disturbing Gerald Sandusky Grand Jury Report

By now, most sports fans and even casual observers have heard the disgusting news of former Penn State assistant coach Gerald Sandusky stealing the innocence of at least eight young boys. The full grand jury report is below. Setting aside the immense legal battle and jail time ahead for creepy Sandusky, I find it interesting […]

Written by Tyson Mutrux | November 9th, 2011


10 Tips for Having Your Deposition Taken

1.  Pause and Think Before Answering.  Listen to the question.  Concentrate on every word and wait until you hear the last word of the question before you answer.  In ordinary conversation we cut one another off frequently.  In a deposition, however, pause to think before you answer.  That way, you will not inadvertently give away […]

Written by Tyson Mutrux | November 1st, 2011


What you need to know about Missouri DWI laws

Definitions, as defined in Missouri Statute: 577.001 RSMo. (1) “drive”, “driving”, “operates” or “operating” means physically driving or operating a motor vehicle.  (2) As used in this chapter, a person is in an “intoxicated condition” when he is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or drug, or a combination thereof.Missouri Revised Statute 577.010 […]

Written by Tyson Mutrux | December 20th, 2011

Jerry Sandusky Waives Preliminary Hearing (and why it’s no big deal…)

Before testimony could begin today, defense attorney Joe Amendola announced that Sandusky had chosen to waive his preliminary hearing on the 52 counts against him. To understand what this means, you need to know what a preliminary hearing is in the first place. Generally, a preliminary hearing is where a judge decides whether there’s enough evidence to make you […]

Written by Tyson Mutrux | December 13th, 2011


Free Traffic Tickets for Veterans and Military Personnel

To celebrate our men and women of the military, we will handle all traffic tickets for service members and veterans for FREE for the following jurisdictions: Eligible Municipalities/Counties City of Branson City of Breckenridge Hills City of Brentwood City of Byrnes Mill City of Calverton Park City of Campbell City of Cape Girardeau City of […]

Written by Tyson Mutrux | December 7th, 2011