Client Testimonials

An experienced & aggressive attorney


Jared began his career as a Prosecuting Attorney for Jasper County, Missouri.  As a Prosecuting Attorney he learned valuable information and insight on how the court process works, how the prosecutor’s office handles cases, and gained excellent trial experience.

After leaving the Prosecutor’s office, he went into private practice and has handled a very large volume of criminal cases.  He has represented clients charged with the most serious of felonies, various misdemeanors, and minor city ordinance and traffic violations.

On a daily basis, he answers client phone calls, represents clients in court, gets warrants withdrawn, bonds reduced, assists clients get their licenses reinstated, and gives counsel regarding their current problems.

In addition, he works with clients that have been involved in auto accidents.  He ensures that clients are justly compensated by insurance companies for their injuries and damages.

He takes great pride in his work and promptly responds to client phone calls and questions.

Jared graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri Southern State University in 2000.

He graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2004.

He has practiced law in Joplin, Missouri since 2004. His practice is dedicated to criminal defense and personal injury.

Jared has been awarded as a Top 100 Trial Attorney in Criminal Defense in the State of Missouri by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

Jared is licensed to practice in Missouri and he currently represents clients in Jasper County, Newton County, Joplin City, Carthage City, Webb City, and all the surrounding areas.


It is important to hire an experienced and aggressive attorney immediately to protect your freedom and driving privileges


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

Stilley Law Firm

Jared Stilley

Attorney at Law

Tamara Stilley

Paralegal | Office Manager


Legal Assistant


A DWI or DUI conviction may come with serious consequences:
  • Possible jail sentence
  • Loss of driving privilege
  • Criminal record
  • Higher insurance costs
  • Loss of employment

If charged with a second time DWI/DUI, you may be charged as a prior offender and face more severe criminal penalties and a greater loss of driving privileges. If charged with a third time DWI/DUI, you will likely be charged with a felony and face the possibility of four years in prison and a ten year denial of your driving privileges. There is a time limit to contest the suspension or revocation of your driving privilege and this deadline is very short.

It is important to hire an experienced and aggressive attorney immediately to protect your freedom and driving privileges

Blow or refuse

Many people get confused about the breathalizer used in a DWI case.  Police often request a driver suspected of driving while intoxicated to submit to a portable breath test (PBT).  The PBT is admissible as probable cause to arrest, but it is not admissible as evidence of the subject’s blood alcohol content and refusing the PBT does not affect a driver’s license.

However, if the driver is arrested and refuses the breathalyzer, to give a urine sample, or to give a blood sample, it may result in a revocation of the driver’s license.

After being arrested the officer is required to advise the driver of implied consent.  Implied consent includes:


  1. The officer has reasonable grounds to believe you were driving in an intoxicated or drugged condition.

  2. To determine the alcohol or drug content of your blood, he is requesting you submit to a chemical test of your breath, blood, or urine.

  3. That if you refuse to take the test(s), your driver’s license will immediately be revoked for one year.

  4. That evidence of your refusal to take the test(s) may be used against you in prosecution in a court of law.

If you refuse the breath test, the officer will confiscate your Missouri driver’s license and issue you a temporary 15 day driving permit.  You then have thirty days from the day of the arrest to file a Petition for Review in the Circuit Court of the county of your arrest.  The Judge will typically grant you a stay of the revocation and you will have a hearing in which evidence will be presented.  If the Judge rules against, your license or privilege to drive will be revoked for one year.  You may be eligible to obtain a limited driving privilege.

While refusing a chemical test may come with some consequences, it may also avoid giving the officer evidence that may be used against the driver in a criminal case.

Criminal Defense

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


2825 S. Main Street, Joplin, MO 64804


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