A lot of people misunderstand Missouri drug possession laws. They can be confusing. Some municipalities de-criminalized marijuana possession. That doesn’t mean it is legal in cities like Columbia. It just means that city police officers are supposed to file municipal …

Possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana is now ...


Nolan Law Firm, LLC, is proud to announce that we have leased a new office space. The facilities are larger and will allow for growth. We hope to be fully moved in before the beginning of April.

Signs and new …

Moving to our new office


Driving while intoxicated–sentencing restrictions. 

577.010:

1. A person commits the offense of driving while intoxicated if he or she operates a vehicle while in an intoxicated condition.

2. The offense of driving while intoxicated is:

(1) A class B misdemeanor;…

Missouri DWI Sentencing Law



When I went through my divorces, the grief process was less understood. At least it was with the circle of friends and the manly environment I was in. More than one person I knew told me I just needed to …

Grieving is normal during divorces





Updates from the past week:

Fortunately, I was in a position to help a couple of people. And that is what it is all about.

Veterans Practice:
* I am now one of only two VA accredited attorneys in Kirksville. …

Weekly Update


On Wednesday, October 13, 2016, Patrick Nolan received notification that his application for Department of Veteran’s Affair Attorney Accreditation is approved.

“It’s an honor to have another opportunity to help fellow veterans receive the much needed medical care and other …

Attorney Patrick Nolan Receives VA Accreditation


A DWI/DUI defense attorney needs to understand science. We know different volumes of expelled lung capacity, affected by different body temps, at differing pressures of force of blow, will directly affect the number and density of ethanol molecules in the …

Three ways Science Impacts the Breath Test



Dual process:

A Missouri DWI triggers two cases, one a criminal DWI and one a civil DWI administrative hearing. The criminal case is the prosecution against you for the alleged violation of Missouri’s laws against driving while intoxicated. The civil …

What to expect after you receive a DWI


If you take a breath test and the test result is .08% or above (.02 if you are under 21), the police officer will take your driver’s license and give you a temporary license and a hearing request form.  The …

Administrative Hearing


Blood tests can have a major impact on your DWI case. You and your attorney need to explore the circumstances of the blood test:

  • Was a warrant issued?
  • Was the warrant properly issued based on individualized circumstances?
  • How was the

Blood Test