Jared represents clients charged with felonies, misdemeanors, city violations, probation and parole violations, and traffic citations. 

Cases including but not limited to:

  • Assault

  • Domestic Violence

  • Gun Charges

  • Drug Charges


  • Stealing/Theft

  • Burglary

  • Robbery

  • Forgery

Jared is a National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Attorney in Missouri Criminal Defense.  He thoroughly investigates and prepares each case to zealously defend his clients in the courtroom.

Jasper County has two courthouses with one located in Carthage and the other in Joplin. 


Misdemeanors are filed in the Associate Circuit Court.  Misdemeanor penalties range from a fine to one year in the county jail.  Arraignment is the first step in the court process.  At the arraignment, the defendant will enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.  A defendant should never enter a guilty plea before speaking with an attorney and discussing the case and the defendant's options.  

Felonies are also filed in the Associate Circuit Court.  However, if the felony case is not resolved by amending the charge to a misdemeanor or being dismissed, it will be set for a preliminary hearing.  A preliminary hearing is a probable cause hearing in which the State is required to present evidence that would convince a judge that probable cause exists to believe the defendant committed a felony.  If the judge does not find probable cause, the case will be dismissed.  If the judge does find probable cause, the case will be bound over to Circuit Court.  Once in Circuit Court, the defendant will either enter a felony plea or the case will be set for a jury trial.

A person charged with a crime should never take the situation lightly.  If handled incorrectly, it can have severe and long-lasting consequences.  It is very important to consult with an experienced and competent attorney to represent you.