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Spirited And Strategic Criminal Defense

At Carter & Putnam, we believe in the fundamental principles of our legal system. We believe that it is the government’s job to prove their case or they are not entitled to a conviction. It is our job to challenge the government’s case and uphold the rights of the accused.

Every criminal case is unique and there is no better formula for success than diligent preparation and hard work. An experienced criminal defense attorney can make all the difference. Tamara Putnam draws on her insights as a former prosecutor to provide the smart and vigorous defense you need.

Whatever The Charges, We Can Help.
If you have been arrested, questioned or charged in connection with a crime, call our Lee’s Summit office immediately at 816-246-8881.

A Former Prosecutor Fighting For You

Tamara Putnam brings more than 25 years of experience in the criminal justice system. She began her career in the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted drug cases and became the lead prosecutor for the Violent Gang crime unit. That background gives her a distinct edge as a criminal defense lawyer. She understands the methods law enforcement and prosecuting attorneys use in preparing charges and pursuing convictions, which enables her to anticipate their tactics and provide a robust defense.

Carter & Putnam, LLC, is equipped for serious criminal allegations, including:

  • Drug offenses
  • Weapon charges
  • Assault charges
  • Domestic violence
  • Theft offenses
  • Auto theft and tampering
  • Burglary
  • Robbery and armed felonies
  • Internet sex crimes

We also handle the full range of misdemeanor offenses, which can impact employment, your driver’s license and other facets of your life. Tamara is well versed in DUI defense and challenging traffic violations to protect your driving privileges and your future.

Asserting Your Rights And Telling Your Story

Tamara Putnam understands that there are two sides to every story. She knows that the police can and do make mistakes. The police could simply be wrong. Witnesses often lie and/or make false allegations. Witnesses’ personal vendettas against defendants can be concealed from the prosecutor and the police. Tamara Putnam ensures that all witnesses’ observations and motivations are closely examined and communicated to law enforcement when necessary and we work aggressively to make sure your side of the story comes out.

Tamara has determined that diligent and aggressive trial preparation ensures a higher probability of securing dismissals or negotiated pleas that do not require prison time. Many cases are resolved before trial by either a dismissal or a favorable plea negotiation. She will review the existing evidence and if necessary, seek additional evidence that can aid in your defense. She will provide an honest assessment of your legal options so you can make an intelligent and informed decision about your case.

Our goal is always to obtain a favorable result in your case. Depending on the evidence against you, there are times when a plea bargain may be your best option. On the other hand, police can and do make mistakes when gathering evidence. They can take shortcuts in following proper procedures that weaken their case against you. When warranted, we file motions to exclude such evidence. Motions to suppress evidence can significantly improve the chance of getting the charges against you reduced and can lay the groundwork for dismissal or for successful results at trial.

Get The Fighter Lawyer On Your Side

We want to ensure that your rights are protected. If you have been charged with a crime (felony or misdemeanor), call Carter & Putnam at 816-246-8881 to arrange a free initial consultation. Tamara Putnam will fight for you!