Farmington, Missouri Criminal Lawyers

Sara L. Marler
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(573) 747-4573 406 East Karsch Blvd.
Farmington, MO 63640
Farmington, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
Criminal, DWI, Family and Traffic Tickets
New England Law | Boston
After completing her undergraduate degree at Maryville University - St. Louis, law school took Sara Marler to Boston. She attended New England University Law School, where she graduated cum laude and Top 10% of her class. It was Sara's sense of hometown and community that brought her back to Southeast Missouri.

A respected attorney once told her "Caring makes this job hard, but caring is what makes you good at what you do," and she's kept those impactful words with her over the last 15 years of her career. Sara is a compassionate advocate, having been the voice of children,...
Scott J Schrum
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(573) 747-4573 406 East Karsch Blvd.
Farmington, MO 63640
Farmington, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
Criminal, DWI, Traffic Tickets and Workers' Comp
Saint Louis University School of Law
Scott Schrum is a life-long resident of Southeast Missouri. He was born and raised in Iron and Washington Counties. Before becoming an attorney, Scott worked in his family's construction business pouring concrete. He successfully managed his family’s business for over ten years.

Scott is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Missouri, Arkansas, and Alaska. He began his legal career practicing workers’ compensation, personal injury, and chapter 7 bankruptcy. He is now a Partner at Marler Schrum Law and handles a wide variety of legal issues including family matters, workers' compensation, personal...
Ramona A Gau
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(573) 747-4573 406 East Karsch Blvd.
Farmington, MO 63640
Farmington, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
Criminal, DWI, Probate and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Columbia
Ramona Gau graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hannibal LaGrange University. It was actually a very specific, negative incident during her time that helped her make the decision between being a police officer and being a lawyer. Seeking to live out the concept her dear Mother instilled in her, that if "you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life", Ramona went on to the University of Missouri- Columbia Law School. There she had the distinguished honor of placing in the Moot Court Top 10.

Because she understands that attorneys typically meet people going through especially hard...
M. Blake Dudley
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Farmington, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(573) 701-0050 P.O. Box 996
124 North Jackson St
Farmington, MO 63640
Free ConsultationCriminal, Family, Social Security Disability and Workers' Comp
University of Missouri - Columbia
20+ years experience providing honest straight answers to emotional legal questions, with the fight to follow through in the courtroom.

I attended the University of Kansas, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Psychology in 1992. I attended the University of Missouri at Columbia Law School earning my Juris Doctorate in 1995. I was licensed to practice law in October of 1995.

On December 28, 1995, I was appointed an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney of St. Francois County, Missouri becoming First Assistant in 1998. During my time as an assistant prosecuting attorney I volunteered to serve as a...
Renee Anne Murphy
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Farmington, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(573) 756-5400 601 N Washington St
Farmington, MO 63640
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Washington University School of Law
Renee Murphy is dedicated to providing quality representation for her clients. We handle all traffic, DWI and license cases, and all serious felonies. We also handle divorce, custody, paternity, guardianship,grandparents rights and adoptions. If you have been injured in a car accident,we can help.
Ironton, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(573) 546-5400 128 West Russell St
Ironton, MO 63650-1313
Criminal and DWI
David Casey
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Hillsboro, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(636) 797-8242 411 Maple St.
Hillsboro, MO 63050
Free ConsultationCriminal and Cannabis Law
Saint Louis University School of Law
David is a Missouri native. He was born in Cape Girardeau and grew up in both the Festus and Arnold areas. He attended high school at Providence Christian Academy in Sappington and earned his bachelor degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2005.

Upon graduation, David worked at Farmers Insurance Group as a claims manager and oversaw over 60 employees. He then decided to further his education and ultimately graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2013. During law...
Tim D Pudlowski
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Hillsboro, MO Criminal Law Attorney
(636) 707-0168 4633 Yeager Road
Hillsboro, MO 63050
Criminal, DWI, Landlord Tenant and Traffic Tickets
Capital University Law School
Tim Pudlowski was born in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up in Fenton. He attended Saint Louis University from 2003 to 2006, where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and graduated magna cum laude. He received his Juris Doctorate in 2010 from Capital University Law School after participating in Moot Court and serving as Managing Editor of the Capital University Law Review. Tim, one of our Jefferson County attorneys, became a member of the Missouri Bar and began representing clients shortly thereafter. He has represented clients with a variety of legal issues in Missouri courts. In March...
Colby Smith-Hynes
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Hillsboro, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(636) 797-4343 10639 Business Hwy 21
Hillsboro, MO 63050
Criminal, Business, Divorce and Family
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Michael D. Lowry
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Festus, MO Criminal Law Attorney
(636) 931-8787 615 Collins Drive
Festus, MO 63028
Criminal, DWI and Personal Injury
Michael D. Lowry is a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, Missouri, and a graduate of DeSoto High School. Mike attended the University of Missouri-Columbia–where he graduated cum laude–earning the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation from Mizzou, Mike completed an internship with United States Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond in Washington, D.C. Mike attended Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, earning his law degree in 1994. Immediately following graduation, he served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Jefferson County until...
De Soto, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 54 years experience
(636) 337-6144 1103 Easton St
De Soto, MO 63020
Criminal, Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
De Soto, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(636) 337-8000 212 S Main St
De Soto, MO 63020
Criminal, Business, Divorce and Family
Piedmont, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(573) 223-4247 1401 N. Main St., Ste. 200
Piedmont, MO 63957
Criminal, Business and Family
Ste Genevieve, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
21804 Highway 32
Po Box 71
Ste Genevieve, MO 63670-8810
Criminal
Festus, MO Criminal Law Attorney
(636) 933-9151 1 Elks Drive
Festus, MO 63028
Criminal
Sainte Genevieve, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(573) 303-3015 705 Sainte Genevieve Drive
Sainte Genevieve, MO 63670
Criminal, Family, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Jason Korner
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Saint Louis, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(314) 409-2659 7911 Forsyth Boulevard
Suite 300
Saint Louis, MO 63105
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and White Collar Crime
Saint Louis University
Jason Korner provides high level criminal and DWI defense to clients in the St. Louis area and throughout Missouri. Although Mr. Korner defends all criminal cases, he specializes in the defense of Sex Crimes, DWI Offenses, and Federal Crimes. The best results in criminal defense are achieved through investigation and preparation of cases. Mr. Korner believes in fighting cases for his clients. Call today to speak with Mr. Korner so he can begin the investigation and preparation for your case.
Joseph Harvath
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Brentwood, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(314) 827-6222 8821 Manchester Road
Brentwood, MO 63144
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Saint Louis University School of Law
Whether it is representation in a legal matter or just some legal advice, The JMH Law Firm, LLC is here to help. Although specializing in criminal defense, The JMH Law Firm Criminal Defense Attorney can help you with any sort of legal issue which may arise, including felony and misdemeanor charges, traffic tickets, personal injury, or any other legal concern which you may have. Call today to speak with an Experienced St. Louis Criminal Defense Lawyer with Offices in St. Charles and St. Louis, Missouri.
John C. Burns
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St. Louis, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(314) 863-1117 1505 S Big Bend Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63117
Criminal, Business, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Saint Louis University
Experienced Attorney with a demonstrated history of working in tort and contract litigation at the State and Federal levels. Skilled in Legal Research, Personal Injury Law, Employment Law, Workers Compensation, Media Relations, Journalism, and Civil Rights Law. Graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law.
Anthony J Muhlenkamp
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St. Louis, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(314) 499-7255 8008 Carondelet Ave.
Ste. #102
St. Louis, MO 63105
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DWI and Domestic Violence
Southwestern University School of Law
I am a criminal defense attorney. That is all that I do. I do not dabble in other areas of law. I solely practice criminal defense. Whether your case requires a jury trial, plea negotiations, or appellate advocacy, I have done all of these things effectively and continue to do them on a daily basis. Criminal charges have serious consequences that can follow a person for life. I strive to have a close connection with all of my clients to ensure that they feel comfortable and are always...
Mr. Thomas SanFilippo
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St. Louis, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(314) 669-5752 211 N. Broadway
Suite 2323
St. Louis, MO 63102
Free ConsultationCriminal, Civil Rights, DWI and Personal Injury
Saint Louis University School of Law
Thomas SanFilippo is the founder and principal of our law firm. He is an attorney at law, business owner, and proud St. Louis native. He is dedicated to his clients, the legal profession, and the St. Louis community. Thomas received a B.S. from the University of Miami and his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law. Mr. SanFilippo represents clients across the region in both state and federal court. Thomas is a supporter of the St. Louis Sports Commission, Best Buddies International, Children of Africa Fund for Social Mobility (CAFSM), Radio Arts Foundation, and the National Blues Museum....
John C. Schleiffarth
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(314) 561-9690 75 West Lockwood Avenue
Suite 222
St. Louis, MO 63119
Free ConsultationSt. Louis, MO Criminal Law Lawyer
Criminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Barry University
John Schleiffarth practices criminal defense law in the Saint Louis area. He represents clients charged with serious criminal charges in both state and federal court. He is a member of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National College of DUI/DWI Defense, the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and an active member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan Saint Louis. He believes that every client deserves a bold and aggressive defense. He will fight to protect your rights. When not practicing law, John enjoys spending time with his family and the outdoors. He is a snowboarder and a...
John M. Lynch
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Clayton, MO Criminal Law Lawyer
(314) 726-9999 7777 Bonhomme Ave
#1200
Clayton, MO 63105
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Saint Louis University School of Law
Attorney John M. Lynch has over eight years of law enforcement experience as a police investigator and federal drug task force agent. Paired with his legal degree from St. Louis University School of Law, Mr. Lynch provides a unique and candid perspective for people charged with a full range of criminal activities. His practice includes federal criminal defense, DUI/DWI defense, drug possession defense and white-collar crime defense. Attorney Lynch was Invited to speak at Washington University regarding gun ownership rights and the associated legislative process. As a repeat lecturer, Attorney Lynch's keen Insight into the Second Amendment and how...
David B. Cosgrove
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Saint Louis, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(314) 563-2490 7733 Forsyth Boulevard, Ste. 1675
Saint Louis, MO 63105
Criminal, Administrative, Securities and Stockbroker Fraud
University of Notre Dame
Mr. Cosgrove has a diverse litigation and trial practice. He has achieved substantial and often unexpected positive results in a variety of complex matters. Prior to his return to private practice in 2006, Mr. Cosgrove served as Missouri’s Commissioner of Securities where he supervised attorneys, investigators and auditors investigating and prosecuting violations of the state’s securities laws. He was responsible for identifying practices or industry sectors appropriate for enforcement measures and also supervised the Securities Division’s registration and audit sections. Additionally, he interfaced with the SEC, NASD (now FINRA), NASAA (North American Securities Administrators Association) and various other state and...
Charles Louis Barberio IV
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St. Louis, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(314) 669-6464 4542 West Pine
St. Louis, MO 63108
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Personal Injury and White Collar Crime
University of Missouri - Columbia
I am a trial attorney specializing in criminal defense. I have defended numerous Felony jury trials to not guilty verdicts in jurisdictions all across Missouri. I have achieved hundreds of dismissals and amended charges on behalf of my clients as well. I will never pressure you to "take a deal" but will provide you with all of the options and information you will need to make an informed decision. If you need a trial then I am ready and willing to try your case to jury verdict.
Kevin Webb
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St. Louis, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(314) 436-9958 1717 Park Ave
St. Louis, MO 63104
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Traffic Tickets
Washington University School of Law
Kevin Webb may be found in Lafayette Square. A graduate of Washington University School of Law, he has interned with both the City Counselor’s Office in St. Louis City and the Public Defender’s Office in St. Louis County. An alumnus of the school’s trial team and the Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts summer program, Kevin enjoys working in both the courtroom and the community.
Joel Case
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(636) 861-1111 1190 Meramec Sta. Rd.
Suite 203
ballwin, 63021
Criminal, DWI, Estate Planning and Family
Saint Louis University School of Law
Joel has been practicing law for over 40 years. Before opening his private law practice, he held positions in the U.S. Department of Justice, both in the U.S. Attorney's Office and its Civil Rights Division, where he earned a Special Achievement Award for 'sustained superior performance". Joel learned tenacity early on. He lettered in football while playing on the 1959 University of Missouri Orange Bowl team, and that year, the coaches bestowed him with the "Oil Can" Award for showing the most hustle and morale on the Tiger team. He began his practice with many...
Carrie Gerischer
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Rolla, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(573) 202-6161 1212 East Highway 72
Ste 7
Rolla, MO 65401
Free ConsultationCriminal, Cannabis Law, DWI and Traffic Tickets
Carrie is a passionate and relentless advocate who doesn't take no for an answer, and fights strategically and relentlessly for her clients. She has earned the reputation as a top criminal defense lawyer in Phelps County and surrounding Counties. Through her boutique law practice, she gives personal, undivided, and often 'round-the-clock attention to all clients in an effort to provide the absolute best defense possible. Many of her courtroom successes as a criminal defense lawyer have come in matters that others considered hopeless.
W. Scott Rose
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Saint Louis, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(314) 462-0200 10820 Sunset Office Drive
Suite 123
Saint Louis, MO 63127
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and White Collar Crime
University of Virginia School of Law
W. Scott Rose is an aggressive criminal defense attorney serving the greater St. Louis area. An experienced trial attorney, Scott is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and proudly supports the Midwest Innocence Project. Scott graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1994. He worked as a Legislative Correspondent for a United States Senator before attending the University of Virginia School of Law. Scott received his JD in 2000 and worked as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Chief Judge of a...
Andrea Rogers
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St. Louis, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(314) 724-5059 3232 Clifton Avenue, #21686
St. Louis, MO 63139
Free ConsultationCriminal and Traffic Tickets
Saint Louis University School of Law
St. Louis criminal defense & traffic law attorney Andrea Storey Rogers helps people in St. Louis and throughout Missouri with speeding tickets and criminal charges, such as shoplifting, possession of marijuana & drug paraphernalia, leaving the scene of an accident, driving while suspended, minor in possession of alcohol (MIP), withdrawal of guilty pleas, and arrest warrants. Andrea offers a free consultation, a flat-fee price quote, and an estimate of your court fines and fees. When you call The Rogers Law Firm, you will speak directly with attorney Andrea Storey Rogers. Andrea has been practicing law in St. Louis since 2005....
Joel Daniel Beckwith
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St. Louis, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(314) 499-4040 500 N. Broadway, Suite 1350
St. Louis, MO 63102
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Personal Injury
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Joel Beckwith, was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and raised by his parents in Southern Illinois. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2009, where he studied philosophy and political science. During his senior year he was awarded Outstanding Senior Assignment in Philosophy from SIUE. He later attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he obtained his law degree. During his final year in law school he completed a one year externship practicing in the public defender’s office. It was during this time he assisted his supervisor with a variety of criminal matters- from domestic disputes to...
C. Scott Brinkman
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St. Louis, MO Criminal Law Attorney
(314) 932-1067 4500 W Pine Blvd
#100
St. Louis, MO 63108
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure Defense and Traffic Tickets
Northern Illinois University
Jennifer Pugh Alter
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St. Louis, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(314) 932-1067 4500 W Pine Blvd
#100
St. Louis, MO 63108
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, Family and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Columbia
Derek Haake
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Lake Saint Louis, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(636) 385-5024 212 Centre on the Lk
Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, Employment and Traffic Tickets
University of Akron
My reason to become an attorney was simple - I wanted to help people navigate the legal system, whether it was in business or the criminal justice system. I was (and still am) an entrepreneur before I became an attorney, and I have been a part of over a half dozen startups, both large and small. These experiences gave me a wealth of real-world experiences that I bring to my practice. I am also passionate about the criminal justice system, and many of the common issues surrounding the system, and want to help my clients go through this process with...
Thomas J. Henderson
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St. Louis, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(314) 266-4400 7750 Clayton Rd. Suite 102
St. Louis, MO 63117
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, Consumer and DWI
Saint Louis University School of Law
Mr. Henderson focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury, family law, criminal defense, and driving while intoxicated cases. He practices regularly in courts in St. Louis and the surrounding counties and also handles appeals.
Mathew T. Jett
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St. Louis, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(314) 399-5995 1600 S. Brentwood Blvd.
Ste. 220
St. Louis, MO 63144
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Columbia
I grew up in the Greater St. Louis Area, and have lived here for the majority of my life. My decision to establish a legal practice serving the St. Louis area was easy to make due to several factors. St. Louis is a diverse community with many great things to offer such as cultural events, concerts, exciting sporting events, a variety of restaruants, plenty of parks to explore, and a charming midwestern culture in which to raise my family. As a practicing attorney in a field with many avenues of...
Katherine Anne Dierdorf
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Clayton, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(314) 896-4272 P.O. Box 16041
Clayton, MO 63124
Criminal, DWI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Washington University School of Law
Prior to opening my own law firm, I worked for one of St. Louis' largest firms. While there, I gained valuable experience in the numerous facets of civil law, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of matters. I also served as a prosecuting attorney for the City of St. Louis. As a former prosecutor, I understand the intricacies of criminal law and have the experience necessary to provide effective representation during every phase of your criminal case. Whether your troubles are civil or criminal in nature, I understand the negative impact these...
Charles Webb Taylor
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Saint Charles, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(636) 947-7100 400 North Fifth Street
Suite 110
Saint Charles, MO 63301
Criminal, Bankruptcy, DWI and Divorce
Washington University School of Law
Born: Alexandria, Virginia Education: University of Missouri-Columbia, B.A. with Honors in Political Science, 1991 Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1994 Awards and Honors: J.G. Heinberg Scholarship for Excellence in Political Science Golden Key National Honor Society 1987-1991 Affiliations and Organizations: Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Society 1987-1991 President, Pro Bono Law Association 1991-1994 Missouri Bar Association 1994-present United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri 1998-present St. Charles County Bar Association 1998-present Probate and Trust Law Committee of the Missouri Bar 2003-present Bio: Mr. Taylor spent three years with...
Eli Roberts
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St. Louis, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(314) 561-9690 75 West Lockwood Avenue
Suite 222
St. Louis, MO 63119
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Indiana University - Indiana University-Bloomington
Eli Roberts focuses on the bold and aggressive representation of Criminal Defendants in Southern Illinois. If you are facing a DUI or any other criminal or traffic charge in St. Clair County, Madison County or Monroe County he is here to fight for you. Eli and JCS Law offer free consultations, accept credit cards and offer affordable payment plans. Call him today to discuss your case.
Charles (Guss) Martin Markwell
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O'Fallon, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(636) 486-1093 1031 Peruque Crossing Ct., Ste. B
O'Fallon, MO 63366
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, Business and DWI
Campbell University
Dedicated to protecting your rights, I understand the stressful financial hardships associated with bankruptcy and the daunting aspects attached to severe criminal charges. I am committed to providing zealous, affordable yet effective advocacy. Call me today for a free consultation.
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Arrested or facing criminal charges?

Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.

Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system.

Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal defense law, such as white-collar crime, drug offenses, theft crimes, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.

When hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.


Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.

Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.