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Samuel Lee Scroggie
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Nodaway County, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
Po Box 552
118 East Third Street
Maryville, MO 64468
Criminal, DWI and Personal Injury
Samuel L. Scroggie, Esquire, is a practicing attorney in Missouri with 17 years of trial experience in both criminal and civil courts. He is licensed in Missouri and South Carolina (licensed in 2002). Located across the street from the Nodaway County Courthouse, in Maryville, Missouri, Mr. Scroggie represents the accused in felony and misdemeanor cases, including alcohol related offenses. Mr. Scroggie is fierce in defending his clients, and doggedly determined to get them the best outcome possible. Often this means going to trial, which Mr. Scroggie does frequently. While criminal defense is Mr. Scroggie's preferred practice, he...
Buchanan County, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 44 years experience
(816) 364-3743 705 S 13th St
St Joseph, MO 64501
Criminal, Appeals, Business and Divorce
Buchanan County, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(816) 364-2901 507 Francis St
St Joseph, MO 64501
Criminal, DWI, Divorce and Family
Buchanan County, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 46 years experience
(816) 364-2901 208 Francis St
St Joseph, MO 64501
Criminal, Business, DWI and Personal Injury
Buchanan County, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 32 years experience
(816) 279-1331 106 S 7th St
St Joseph, MO 64501
Criminal, Business, DWI and Divorce
Buchanan County, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(816) 232-0554 510 Francis St
St Joseph, MO 64501
Criminal, DWI, Divorce and Family
Richard C Simons
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Clay County, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(816) 287-3787 2024 Swift Street
Suite 206
North Kansas City, MO 64116
Free ConsultationCriminal, Animal, DWI and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
Born in Kansas City, Missouri
Raised in Richmond and Kearney, Missouri
Graduated Suma Cum Laude from William Jewel College in Liberty Missouri
Graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City-School of law
Numerous Dean’s List and Honors in Academic Career
Multiple Awards
Practicing law for over 10 years
Licensed in Missouri and Oklahoma.
Regional Kansas City, Missouri attorney; situated in historic “Rockhill Ridge” Brookside community specialized in amending traffic tickets in the Kansas City, Missouri Metropolitan area
Kevin P Wichman
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Jackson County, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(816) 787-1529 1001 Westport Rd
Kansas City, MO 64111
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Ave Maria School of Law
It is a privilege and a passion for me to serve clients throughout the Kansas City metro who deserve thorough and principled legal representation for criminal defense and traffic matters. People make mistakes. Whether they are charged with drugs, violent crimes, traffic tickets or a DUI, they still deserve proper representation in an often confusing legal system. The Kansas City metro is home to multiple courts, cities, counties, state, and federal jurisdictions. Knowing these systems well helps me to help clients effectively. Through my firm, The Wichman Law Firm with offices in Kansas City,...
Ross Nigro
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Jackson County, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(816) 753-4830 606 W. 39th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Ross C. Nigro, Jr., graduated from the University of Kansas with bachelor's degrees in Political Science and History. Mr. Nigro obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri, Kansas City - School of Law. Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Nigro worked as a law clerk with the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of Missouri in Jackson County, Missouri. Mr. Nigro then went on to work as an Assistant Jackson County Counselor handling county prosecutions and civil rights violations. Since 1997, Mr. Nigro has been in private practice, where he has concentrated his practice in the criminal...
Christopher Fink
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Platte County, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(816) 505-1111 5555 NW Barry Road
Ste. A
Kansas City, MO 64154
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Columbia
Chris has enjoyed the solo practice of law for more than 21 years. Over that span, Chris has helped thousands of clients with a variety of legal problems, including divorce, child custody, bankruptcy, personal injury settlements, paternity actions, collections matters, and many more. Chris practices in the Kansas City area serving Platte, Clay, Jackson, Buchanan and other surrounding counties. Chris resides in Platte County with his 4 children.

Growing up on corn and soybean row crop farm outside of Oregon, Missouri, Chris learned the value of hard work and small town values. A graduate of South...
Timothy M Starosta
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Clay County, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(816) 399-5733 118 N. Conistor Lane, Suite B #317
Liberty, MO 64068
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
University of Tulsa College of Law
The Starosta Law Firm, LLC is dedicated to representing clients with aggressive and effective representation. For a free, no-obligation consultation, please call 816-399-5733.
Kristen Thurmond
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Jackson County, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(816) 895-2858 204 West Linwood Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64111
Criminal, Animal, Family and Juvenile
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
As a legal professional, Kristen Thurmond helps her clients understand the process as much as she advocates for them. Her law firm focuses on family, criminal, and animal matters.

Family law matters include divorces, changing or modifying custody orders, child support issues, child custody issues, and paternity actions. Kristen helps her clients be prepared for the legal issues that come during emotional times when family dynamics are changing.

Animal matters are an area of law that is growing. Pet owners find themselves facing fines and possible jail time. If you're a pet owner and find yourself facing some sort of legal problem,...
Preston L Jones
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Clay County, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(816) 873-5534 1201 NW Briarcliff Pkwy
Second Floor
Kansas City, MO 64116
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Immigration
SMU Dedman School of Law
I practice criminal defense, and immigration law. I represent criminal defendants in cases at the state and federal level involving DWI, assault, drug offenses, theft, and sexual offenses. My expertise encompasses all areas of immigration law, with special focus on deportation defense, family immigration, appeals and federal court litigation.

I am highly experienced in counseling immigrants and criminal defense attorneys about the immigration consequences of criminal activity. This sets me apart from most criminal defense attorneys, who have a very limited understanding of the immigration consequences for their clients.

Kevin Wayne Puckett
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(816) 632-5297 616 Lana Drive
P.O. Box 607
Cameron, MO 64429
Free ConsultationClinton County, MO Criminal Law Attorney
Criminal, DWI, Family and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
Kevin Puckett is a partner at Puckett Law Firm, P.C. Kevin earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. He graduated with pro bono honors and with an emphasis in Child & Family Law.

Kevin's practice is focused in the following areas: Family/Divorce Law, Criminal Law, and Personal Injury Law. Call and set up your FREE consultation today to discuss your case!

Although Kevin is a full-time practicing trial attorney, Kevin is also extremely entrepreneurial spirited. While in law school, he has founded several successful businesses. He is the President and CEO of both On The Top...
Tamara Putnam
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Jackson County, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(816) 531-2211 4218 Roanoke Road
Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64111
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Washburn University School of Law
Tamara has focused her practice on criminal defense and serious personal injury her entire career. She has handled countless felonies charges in State Court as a prosecutor and now as a criminal defense counsel. She also focuses her practice on litigation of serious personal injury accidents. Tamara has a fierce reputation as an outstanding advocate excelling in both criminal defense and personal injury.
Mark A Campbell
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Clinton County, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(816) 632-2525 119 E. 3rd Street
Cameron, MO 64429
Criminal, DWI, Family and Personal Injury
Washburn University School of Law
I'm a licensed attorney in Missouri and Kansas. Our general practice firm includes personal injury, wrongful death, criminal defense, DWI/DUI defense, workers compensation, probate, real estate, landlord-tenant, estate planning, etc. We serve most counties in Northwest Missouri including Jackson, Clay, Platte, Ray, Clinton, Caldwell, Daviess, Livingston, DeKalb, Buchanan, Andrew, Holt, Atchison, Worth, Nodaway, Gentry, and Harrison.
Benjamin Aaron Janssen
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Clay County, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(816) 287-0172 406 Armour Rd, Ste. 220
Ste. 220
North Kansas City, MO 64116
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DWI and Traffic Tickets
Washburn University School of Law
I am a graduate of the Washburn University School of Law, where I was active in the Criminal Litigation Clinic, the Veterans' Legal forum, and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy. I am currently a member of the Missouri Bar, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Prior to attending Washburn, I served in both the United States Marine Corps and the United Sates Navy. My goal as an attorney is to provide you with the kind of dedication and attention to detail demanded by military service. Additionally, time in...
Mr. Christopher S Yotz
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Jackson County, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(816) 822-3625 606 W. 39th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Kansas City
I received my B.A. Criminal Justice from UMKC in 1997 and my Law Degree from UMKC in 1999. I received my bar license in Missouri the same year and my Kansas bar license in 2000. I have been in practice for over 14 years in the Kansas City area. I have been helping people accused of DUI, DWI, Traffic and Criminal offenses in both states during my entire time in practice. In my practice I stress client communication and counseling. I insist that my clients have the opportunity to speak directly to me as much as necessary so that they are...
Ross Myers
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Jackson County, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(816) 251-4540 200 NE Missouri Road
Suite 200
Lee's Summit, MO 64086
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Divorce and Family
University of Missouri - Kansas City
John G. Gromowsky
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Jackson County, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(816) 842-1130 1100 Main Street
Suite 2800
Kansas City, MO 64105
Free ConsultationCriminal and Appeals
DePaul University
John G. Gromowsky of The Gromowsky Law Firm, LLC is a criminal defense lawyer representing people in federal and state courts throughout the Kansas City, Missouri, metropolitan area. John is a former prosecutor who now uses that experience to help people being investigated for or charged with such offenses as murder, assault, robbery, drug distribution, drug possession, stealing, fraud, computer crime, and white collar crime.
Paemon Aramjoo
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Clay County, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(816) 479-5898 17 W. Kansas St.
Liberty, MO 64068
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
Paemon Aramjoo is a criminal defense and traffic law attorney at Aramjoo Law Firm, handling criminal defense matters including traffic tickets, misdemeanors and felonies. A Kansas City north-lander, Paemon graduated high school from Oak Park High School. Finishing his Associate’s at Maple Woods Community College, Paemon decided to pursue his degree in Philosophy. Upon completion of his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, with a minor in General Business, from Northwest Missouri State University, he decided that seeking his law degree would help him reach his goal of helping his community. Graduating from University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School,...
J. Denise Carter
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Jackson County, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(816) 531-2211 4218 Roanoke Road
Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64111
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Denise has focused on criminal defense, traffic tickets and serious personal injury cases her entire career. She has handled countless felonies, misdemeanors and traffic tickets along with serious personal injury accidents. She has a solid reputation as an outstanding and approachable advocate excelling in both criminal defense and serious personal injury. Denise takes great pride in working hard to achieve the best results possible for her clients.
Jerry L. Wallentine Jr.
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Johnson County, MO Criminal Law Lawyer
(816) 470-0255 2600 Grand Blvd
Suite 550
Kansas City, MO 66061
Free ConsultationCriminal, Civil Rights, DWI and Family
University of Kansas School of Law
Attorney Jerry Wallentine provides representation for clients throughout Olathe who need assistance with a personal injury related matter, family law case or DUI offense. If you would like to speak with an experienced legal advocate regarding the best possible approach to your offense then you should call the firm at 816-470-0255 today.
Cecil D. Williams
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Jackson County, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(816) 842-3245 1150 Grand Blvd Suite 2
Kansas City, MO 64106
Criminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
As a defense attorney serving clients in Missouri criminal courts for more than 35 years, it's possible I've helped nearly 100,000 people. There are days when I'm running among 4 or 5 clients in front of several different judges.

To read more about my experience check out the KANSAS CITY STAR articles below my summary.

My philosophy is to FIND THE BEST LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS for my clients facing a wide range of charges including:
? DUI/DWI
? Traffic Violations
? Drug Possession
? Domestic Violence
? Sex Crimes
? Disorderly Conduct
? Assault
? Theft
? Underage Driving
? Vehicle Accidents

My office is particularly skilled at helping clients who have suspended...
Christopher Kopecky
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Jackson County, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(816) 268-8886 435 Nichols Road, Ste 200
Kansas City, MO 64112
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Insurance Claims
Saint Louis University School of Law
For nearly two decades, The Traffic Lawyers of Kopecky Law, P.A. have represented thousands of clients in various traffic matters ranging from speeding tickets to complicated DUI/DWI cases. Traffic law is our life and we spend most of our day in courts all across Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa. We have several offices in the Kansas City Metro Area and one in St. Louis where we meet clients. However, we do a significant amount of work with clients completely over the internet or over the phone. Our goal is to make it as easy on you as possible. We know our...
Melisa D. Ludeman
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Jackson County, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(816) 984-1677 700 East 8th St.
Suite 700
Kansas City, MO 64106
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DWI and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
Law office specializing in criminal defense, traffic tickets, and bankruptcy. Give me a call to discuss your matter!
Bradley Hill
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Jackson County, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(816) 701-9387 200 NE Missouri Rd, #200
Lee's Summit, MO 64086
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
Lee's Summit and Kansas City Area Divorce & Criminal Attorney. Handling divorces, child support, child custody, visitation, legal separation, guardianship, adoption, and other Family Law Related Cases. Attorney Hill also handles a wide array of criminal matters from traffic tickets like speeding, failure to yield, failure to stop, driving while suspended, accident cases and DUI / DWI to more classical criminal cases such as felonies and drug / possession crimes.
Steve Schanker
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Clay County, MO Criminal Law Attorney
(816) 726-7887 1919 Buchanan
Kansas City, MO 64116
Criminal and DWI
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Attorney Steve Schanker is a qualified DUI defense lawyer in Kansas City, MO. He takes pride in his efforts to always try to be the dependable and available attorney that people need and want. Attorney Schanker is determined to always reach the best possible outcome for his clients. He provides high-quality DUI defense representation and has had ample success in countless cases. Steve Schanker does not only represent clients facing DUI charges in Missouri but in the state of Kansas as well. He dedicates his time and effort to each one of his clients in order to help them get...
Brandon Kane
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Jackson County, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(816) 229-2708 111 W. 10th St.
Suite 16
Kansas City, MO 64105
Criminal, DWI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of Kansas School of Law
Brandon Kane is the principal member of the Kane Law Office, LLC, located in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Kane is an award-winning lawyer with nearly 15 years of legal experience, including significant experience with all types of criminal law and corporate law.

Brandon obtained his Juris Doctorate at the University of Kansas School of Law, where he was an Editor on the Kansas Law Review, a top 10% graduate, a Graduate Teaching Assistant for several Business Law classes, and a National Moot Court winner. He also participated in various volunteer legal assistance and tax programs, and received numerous CALI...
Patrick Peters
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Jackson County, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(816) 474-3600 600 E. 8th Street
Suite A
Kansas City, MO 64106
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DWI and White Collar Crime
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
Pat Peters is a well known criminal trial attorney serving clients throughout the Midwest. Known for his litigation skills, he handles many high profile cases in both federal and state court.
Jarrett Aiken Johnson
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Jackson County, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(816) 875-5754 215 West 18th Street
Suite 220
Kansas City, MO 64108
Criminal, Personal Injury and Products Liability
University of Missouri - Kansas City
My name is Jarrett Johnson. I have spent my entire career as a trial attorney here in Kansas City, Missouri. For nearly 25 years, I have had the privilege of representing everyday people in cases as varied as automobile accidents, injuries on private and public premises, defective products, serious personal injuries and wrongful death, and criminal trials and appeals involving murder and other serious felonies and misdemeanors.

I have been very fortunate to work in both the public and private sectors: for the State of Missouri, a large law firm with offices across the country, and smaller law firms....
Michael R Taylor
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Jackson County, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(816) 287-2456 821 NE Columbus St.
Suite 200
Lee's Summit, MO 64063
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
Ryan F Kaiser
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Jackson County, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(816) 645-5799 606 W 39th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
Criminal, Family, Juvenile and Traffic Tickets
Saint Louis University School of Law
Based in Kansas City, the Kaiser Law Office is a criminal defense and family law firm representing clients across Missouri & Kansas.
Timothy J Murphy
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Clay County, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(913) 209-3967 UMB Bank Building
1 Victory Drive, Suite 205
Liberty, MO 64068
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Divorce and Estate Planning
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Timothy J. Murphy joined The Murphy Law Firm in 2003 after graduating from University of Missouri, Kansas City, where here was on the dean's list multiple times. Prior to Law School, he served in the offices of Senator Christopher Bond and Senator and former Attorney General John Ashcroft. Tim Murphy is the only member of The Murphy Law who has been admitted to practice law in both the State of Missouri and the State of Kansas. His practice includes personal injury, domestic litigation, criminal defense, including DWI's and DUI's and traffic tickets, speeding tickets, driving while suspended, collection, wills and trusts, business...
Stephen Chase Higinbotham
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Jackson County, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(816) 322-5297 200 NE Missouri Rd., Suite 200
Lee's Summit, MO 64086
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, DWI and Divorce
University of Kansas School of Law
Mom and Pop shop. I handle Criminal and Traffic on the local, state and Federal level in Missouri and Kansas. Michelle handles Civil Litigation, Domestic matters, including Divorce, Child Custody, Modifications and Child Support. She also does some Probate and Worker's Compensation. This is my 32nd year of practicing law in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Our office is in Lee's Summit, MO.
Shelley Peters
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Jackson County, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
600 E. 8th Street
Suite A
Kansas City, MO 64106
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Shelley M. Peters graduated from law school in 2002. After high school, she took a lengthy sabbatical from scholastic enterprises and experienced life for a decade (or more) before getting serious. Shelley’s dad was (is) a construction manager and her mom was (is) a homemaker. Between high school and college Shelley worked just about every imaginable job appropriate for a female. As a result, she can relate to anyone; and that is why her clients love her. Shelley spent around ten of those years working as a legal secretary. The attorneys she...
Andrew Roffmann
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Clay County, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(816) 781-5728 11 E. Kansas Street
Liberty, MO 64068
Criminal, DWI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Joani Harshman
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Clay County, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(816) 673-7570 1201 NW Briarcliff Pkwy
Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64116
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, Cannabis Law and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
Justin Michael Crozier
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Jackson County, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(816) 695-5287 800 E 101st Terr
Ste 350
Kansas City, MO 64131
Free ConsultationCriminal, Family and Personal Injury
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
Troy Jonathan Leavitt
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Jackson County, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(816) 228-6000 1500 N.W. 7 Highway, Ste 300
Blue Springs, MO 64014
Criminal, DWI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Kansas City
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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.