Criminal Defense

COMPLEX FELONIES

The consequences of a conviction for a complex felony in Missouri are extremely serious with life-long consequences.  If you are accused of a sex crime, you could be facing a lengthy prison term followed by lifetime registration as a sex offender and, in some cases, lifetime supervision by the Missouri Department of Corrections.   People accused of or being investigated for these crimes need the assistance of counsel at the earliest possible moment.   If you are faced with charges for a complex felony, you need a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney who will protect your rights, fight for your release on bond, investigate your case, develop defenses and be willing and ready to take your case to trial.   

  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Assault
  • Assault of a law enforcement officer
  • Robbery
  • Arson
  • Kidnapping
  • All Sex crimes

DRUG CRIMES

The drug problem in America is reaching epidemic proportions.   In Missouri, the number of deaths from drug overdose now exceeds the number of deaths from highway accidents.   The resolution of drug crimes often involves rehabilitation that in some cases can avoid a criminal record.   If you are eligible for one of the alternatives to conviction for a drug crime, you need an attorney who understands that drug addiction is treatable and who is knowledgeable in the unique options that exist for people accused of drug crimes in Missouri.

  • Possession
  • Distribution / Delivery
  • Manufacturing
  • Drug Trafficking

CRIMES AGAINST THE FAMILY

Crimes against the family are aggressively prosecuted in Missouri and are treated with special care and can have far-reaching consequences in your life.  For example, even a conviction for misdemeanor domestic assault can prevent you from possessing a firearm.   Convictions for crimes against children can affect your custodial rights as a parent.   If you are accused of any of these crimes, you need an experienced attorney to help you.

  • Criminal non-support
  • Abuse / neglect of a child
  • Child endangerment / abandonment
  • Domestic assault
  • Elder abuse
  • Financial exploitation of the elderly

PROPERTY CRIMES / WEAPONS CRIMES

Any felony conviction can have lifetime consequences.  Even some misdemeanors in Missouri can become felonies if there are multiple misdemeanor convictions for the same offense.   You need an attorney who will fight aggressively to avoid convictions.

  • Stealing
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Tampering
  • Burglary
  • Forgery
  • Passing bad checks
  • Unauthorized use of a weapon
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm
  • Armed criminal action

MISDEMEANORS / PROBATION VIOLATIONS

Even misdemeanor convictions can affect your ability to possess a firearm, operate a motor vehicle, keep or acquire a license for certain professions.  Every Missouri crime should be taken seriously by an experienced attorney who will fight for you.

If you are on probation and have reported violations, you need an attorney who is experienced in this area of the law.  Unlike criminal matters, probation violations are treated as civil matters in Missouri and as such, you do not enjoy the same constitutional rights that exist for a criminal case.   You may be facing revocation of your probation and a jail term if you have alleged violations reported.   An experienced attorney can assist you and ensure that you get the due process from the courts that you are entitled to.

TRAFFIC / DRIVING VIOLATIONS

Even if you have a minor traffic violation, the points for a conviction can result in a loss of driving privileges, increased insurance rates or even time in jail.    Don’t just plead guilty and pay the fine.  Get an experienced attorney to help you.  We handle all manner of traffic violations, including:

  • Driving While Suspended / Revoked;
  • No valid Operator’s License
  • Careless and Imprudent
  • Leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident