J. Denise Carter

Attorney Profile

Top Rated DUI-DWI Attorney in Lee's Summit, MO

Carter & Putnam, LLC
211 NW Executive Way, Suite G
Lee's Summit, MO 64063
Phone: 816-246-8881
Fax: 816-434-7888
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (70%), Criminal Defense (30%)
Attorney Profile

A partner at Carter & Putnam, J. Denise Carter is an experienced litigator dedicated to representing clients in personal injury and criminal law issues. She serves people in Overland Park, Harrisonville, Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, Odessa, Grain Valley, Holden and Warrensburg, Missouri.

Having spent her entire career defending people against criminal charges or advocating for victims of negligence, Ms. Carter has handled a number of high-profile issues. Her caseload includes traffic offenses, felonies, misdemeanors, DWI and DUIs. In her personal injury practice, Ms. Carter has success returning compensation for clients who have suffered a slip-and-fall, wrongful death incident, elder abuse, severe burns, electric shock, medical malpractice, drunk driving, car accident or a brain injury.

A former public defender, Ms. Carter has spent extensive time in the courtroom. In fact, she has represented clients across the globe, having lived in London, England, and defended soldiers in Iraq against criminal charges.

For her accomplishments, Ms. Carter has been listed in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100; she earned the Kansas City Business Journal’s Best of the Bar award; she has an Avvo “Superb” rating; she holds a Lead Counsel Verification; and the National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC, named her as a Superior DUI Attorney. Additionally, she is certified in administering the standardized field sobriety tests from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

Ms. Carter was awarded the ACS-Forensic Lawyer Scientist designation after the completion of rigorous training and testing. Ms. Carter is the first and only lawyer in the State of Missouri that has obtained this designation and one of less than 100 nationwide.

Ms. Carter is a member of The Missouri Bar, the Cass County, Missouri Bar Association, the Eastern Jackson County Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and the Law Society. She earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 1992.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 30%Criminal Defense
Focus Areas

DUI/DWI, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence


5 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2021

About J. Denise Carter

Admitted: 1992, Missouri

Professional Webpage: http://carterputnam.com/about-us/j-denise-carter/


  • J. Denise Carter was granted Criminal Litigation Accreditation and was authorised as a Duty Solicitor., Criminal Litigation Accreditation, Law Society of England & Wales
  • Ms. Carter was awarded the ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist designation by the American Chemistry Society recognizing her training and sucessful completion of the exams required. Ms. Carter is the first and only ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist in the State of Missouri and one of less than 100 nationwide., ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist , American Chemistry Society, 2017
  • J. Denise Carter was recognized as "Best of the Bar" by the Kansas City Business Journal., Best of the Bar, Kansas City Business Journal, 2014
  • J. Denise Carter was awarded "Higher Rights of Audience-for Criminal Proceedings.", Higher Rights of Audience, Criminal Proceedings, Law Society of England & Wales

Bar/Professional Activity

  • State of Missouri, 1992
  • State of Kansas, 2012
  • Solicitor, Law Society of England & Wales

Industry Groups

  • Cass County Bar Association
  • Eastern Jackson County Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Law Society Of England & Wales
  • Missouri Bar
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Office Location for J. Denise Carter

211 NW Executive Way
Suite G
Lee's Summit, MO 64063

Phone: 816-246-8881

Fax: 816-434-7888

Last Updated: 7/28/2021

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