Houston, Missouri Criminal Lawyers

Jaired B. Hall
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Houston, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(417) 967-0066 309 First Street
P.O. Box 231
Houston, MO 65483
Criminal, DWI, Family and Juvenile
Regent University School of Law
Jaired is a Missouri native, born in St. Louis, raised in the Kansas City area, and settled for the past several years with his wife and children near Salem. In October, Jaired’s family started a new chapter in their life, moving near Rolla. While Jaired has not yet opened a physical office location in Rolla, he considers both Rolla and Houston to be the locations of his practice.

Jaired graduated with honors from Regent University School of Law in 2008 where he served as executive editor of the Regent University Law Review. He was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 2008.

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Houston, MO Criminal Law Attorney
(417) 967-1036 1330A S. Sam Houston Blvd.
Houston, MO 65483-0499
Criminal, Agricultural, Arbitration & Mediation and Bankruptcy
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.
Rick Farrow
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West Plains, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(417) 274-6720 10 Court Square, Suite 30
P.O. Box 1585
West Plains, MO 65775
Criminal, DWI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Kansas City
The Farrow Law Office is in West Plains, Missouri and represents clients throughout the area in family law matters, criminal defense, traffic violations and river tickets. We represent clients throughout Southern Missouri. The counties and cities listed below are included in our coverage area. For city charges, counties not listed here, including appellate cases, please contact our office directly. Rick Farrow is a Missouri native and has practiced law in West Plains, Missouri since January 2001. His initial legal work was as a trial attorney for the Missouri Public Defenders Office where he handled thousands of cases, including serious...
Christopher J. Swatosh
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Ava, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(417) 683-2985 200 E. Washington
P.O. Box 190
Ava, MO 65608
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Traffic Tickets and Workers' Comp
University of Missouri - Columbia
The Law Office of Christopher J. Swatosh, LLC has two locations, in Ava, Missouri and in Ozark, Missouri. We represent clients in personal injury cases, victims in car wrecks and semi-truck accidents, criminal defense, workers compensation, bankruptcy and employment discrimination. We also have an office in Ozark, Missouri. Chris Swatosh has a wealth of civil and criminal trial experience and is a former Prosecutor. Chris is a Missouri native and graduated from college with his Bachelor’s Degree from Central Missouri State University before attending and graduating the University of Missouri School of Law. After law school he became...
Deborah Ann Hooper
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Waynesville, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(573) 774-0095 123 North Benton Street
Waynesville, MO 65583
Criminal, Elder, Family and Juvenile
Boston College Law School
Lynne A. Brand
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Lebanon, MO Criminal Law Attorney
(417) 991-3550 483 South Adams
PO Box 1701
Lebanon, MO 65536
Criminal, DWI, Divorce and Juvenile
University of Missouri - Columbia
Herman Gerhard Guetersloh
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Rolla, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(573) 364-1600 103 W. 10th Street
Rolla, MO 65401
Criminal, Business, DWI and Employment
Fort Leonard Wood, MO Criminal Law Lawyer
(573) 336-5222 125 E 8th St
Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
Criminal
Salem, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(573) 729-2229 115 W. 4th St.
Salem, MO 65560
Criminal, Estate Planning, Family and Real Estate
Mrs. Shelly Renee' Reece
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Springfield, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(417) 881-0881 2202 W Chesterfield Blvd, Ste 200
Springfield, MO 65807
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Oklahoma City University School of Law
WELCOME TO REECE FAMILY LAW, LLC
DEFENDING YOUR FAMILY
My name is Shelly Reneé Reece and I have been an attorney in Springfield, MO and the Southwest Missouri area since 1998. As a wife and mother of two children, I understand your family is the most important aspect of your life. I know you are going through a difficult time. You have made the right decision to seek legal advice and our family law, criminal defense, and estate planning lawyer teams look forward to assisting you through your legal matter. Our attorneys and staff will strive to give...
Scott J Schrum
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(573) 436-4529 117 East High Street
Potosi, MO 63664
Potosi, 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...
Todd Miller
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Jefferson City, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(573) 634-2838 1305 Southwest Blvd., Ste A
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of Missouri - Columbia
Attorney Todd Miller's record of exemplary professional conduct has allowed him to become one of the most sought after attorneys in Mid-Missouri. Mr. Miller manages a full-service litigation firm he founded in 2006 that represents clients in both civil and criminal cases with a focus on bankruptcy; debt collections (for creditors); civil litigation; criminal law; traffic law - speeding tickets and DWI; property tax; business and commercial law; real estate; municipal law; legal counsel representation; elder law; wrongful death; personal injury; wills and trusts; and estate planning law. He earned his J.D. at the University of Missouri School of Law...
Jessica L. Ward
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Springfield, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(417) 881-4883 3030 E. Battlefield Rd., Suite C
Springfield, MO 65804
Free ConsultationCriminal and Family
University of Missouri School of Law
Jessica (Ward) Mettler practices in the area of Criminal Defense, including DWI/DUI, Felonies, Misdemeanors, and Probation Violations. She also has vast experience handling Personal Injuries/Motor Vehicle Accidents, Workers' Compensation, and Social Security Disability. Ms. Mettler enjoys assisting the people of the Ozarks. She has practiced law in over thirty (30) counties in Missouri.
Michael William Lutke
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Springfield, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(417) 368-5613 1304 E Woodhurst Dr
Suite A
Springfield, MO 65804
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Personal Injury and White Collar Crime
University of Missouri - Columbia
Mike Lutke is originally from the City of St. Louis but has lived in Southwest Missouri since 2003. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 2002. While attending law school he was a Rule 13 practitioner at both the Boone County Prosecutor’s Office and at a private law firm. After passing the Bar in September of 2002, he practiced in St. Louis but now has his office in Springfield, Missouri and practices all over the state.

Mike Lutke is a former Public Defender for the State of Missouri and over the course of his career he...
Randy Anglen
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Branson, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(417) 335-2685 P.O. Box 1562
Branson, MO 65615
Free ConsultationCriminal, Family and Personal Injury
University of Kansas
Practicing law in SW Missouri and NW Arkansas since 1991. I have a general litigation practice - family law, criminal law, auto accidents, civil litigation. I have tried hundreds of bench trials and several jury trials. I provide experience, aggressive legal representation. I served as Hollister, Mo. municipal judge for 21 years, through November, 2014. Call for a free initial consultation - 417-335-2685
Brandi L. Ward
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Branson, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(417) 544-0315 500 W. Main St., Ste. 203
Branson, MO 65616
Criminal, DWI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Columbia
Brandi is a down to earth, easy to talk to attorney who deeply loves her community and helping the people who live there. She's also a mom who understands first hand the difficulties parents can have navigating parenting after divorce. She's an experienced trial attorney and has tried personal injury, car wreck, and trucking cases, as well as many family law cases. She's got a passion for her work and is a zealous advocate for her clients giving them each the personal attention they deserve.
William Oris Worsham
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Springfield, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(417) 658-4172 325 South Avenue
Springfield, MO 65806
Criminal, Business, DWI and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Columbia
Ramona A Gau
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(573) 436-4529 117 East High Street
Potosi, MO 63664
Potosi, 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...
Sara L. Marler
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(573) 436-4529 117 East High Street
Potosi, MO 63664
Potosi, 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,...
Jason Fallen
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Springfield, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(417) 942-1800 2906 S. Campbell Ave
Springfield, MO 65807
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
Jason practiced in the Kansas City metro area from 2008 to 2015, then moved back to Springfield, MO. He has extensive experience with traffic law.
David Casey
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Hillsboro, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 5 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...
Scott Allen Hamblin
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Jefferson City, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(573) 821-4013 312 E. Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Criminal, DWI, Divorce and Family
Steven Groce
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Springfield, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(417) 883-4950 1200 E Woodhurst Dr
Springfield, MO 65804
Criminal, Cannabis Law, DWI and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
Steven F. Groce Attorney at Law handles DWI, DUI, drunk driving, criminal defense and drug related matters in Missouri and Texas. Give me a call at my Springfield, Missouri office to see what legal services I can provide for you.
Thomas D Carver
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Springfield, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 45 years experience
(417) 831-6363 901 E St Louis St
#1600
Springfield, MO 65806
Criminal, Divorce and White Collar Crime
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
43 years practice, Best Lawyers in America, Martindale Hubbell AV rated, Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, U.S. News and World Report Tier 1 rated law firm. Missouri Bar, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts Western and Eastern, U.S. 8th and 10th Circuit Courts of Appeal.
Joshua Garrett
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Branson, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(417) 334-6316 1015 St. Hwy 248
Suite J
Branson, MO 65616
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Divorce and Family
Washburn University School of Law
Joshua Garrett is a graduate of the Washburn University School of Law and is licensed to practice in Missouri. At Washburn, Joshua graduated with a Juris Doctorate in only two years and was the winner of the Max Rowinsky Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy and the Irvine E. Ungerman Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice. Prior to law school, Joshua was born in Springfield, Missouri and spent the past ten years working as a political consultant on various campaigns throughout the country. After several years of working at Smith Law Firm, he now owns his own firm and...
Shane P Cantin
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Springfield, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(866) 353-7921 901 E St Louis St
Suite 1600
Springfield, MO 65806
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
Shane Cantin’s work is now specifically limited to criminal defense and related litigation, although he continues to accept a select number of complex family law and divorce/custody cases. Since 1993 he has represented clients in state courts throughout Southwest Missouri and in United States District Courts in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Illinois. He has worked as lead counsel on over 500 serious felony cases and countless misdemeanor cases. Shane’s substantial experience includes charges of murder, including death penalty prosecutions, and he regularly represents clients in state and federal court on cases involving fraud and complex financial crimes, pornography and related internet...
Mr. Daniel J. Romine
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Springfield, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(417) 414-0849 417 N. Boonville Ave.
Springfield, MO 65806
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Columbia
Daniel J. Romine lives and works downtown Springfield and has the expert knowledge that you need. Springfield Traffic Tickets has been working toward a fair and quick outcome for clients since 2012. Our goal is to keep you well-informed about the traffic ticket process while answering any questions you might have about the justice system. Our attorneys will fight to protect your driving record, stop points from being added to your license, and keep your insurance payments affordable. For most tickets, we can even appear on your behalf in court.

With our new website, ‘fixing’ a ticket has never been...
Timothy Ryan Brown
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Springfield, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(417) 720-1098 1309 E. Montclair
Springfield, MO 65804
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of Missouri - Columbia
Erin A Graf
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Springfield, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(417) 823-3883 2429 South Campbell Avenue
Springfield, MO 65807
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Divorce and Immigration
Washburn University School of Law
Erin Graf is a lifelong resident of Springfield, Missouri. She attended Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield and Washburn Law School in Topeka, Kansas. She became a member of the Missouri Bar in 2006. Erin has six years of criminal experience, including five years at the Missouri Public Defender's office. Being a mother, she is very interested in domestic issues but has a keen interest in all areas of law. Spending time camping at the lake with her family is a favorite pastime.
Benjamin A McBride
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Springfield, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(417) 324-7580 1627 S. Campbell Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Immigration and Traffic Tickets
Oklahoma City University School of Law
In 2016, Attorney Benjamin A. McBride established McBride Law (formerly The Law Office of Benjamin A. McBride, LLC) to focus his practice solely on criminal defense. With 10 years’ experience on both sides of the aisle, Attorney McBride sees the need for a qualified and experienced criminal defense attorney and fills that need by protecting the rights of the accused in Springfield, Greene County, and surrounding southwest Missouri.

In 2018, Mr. McBride recognized a desperate need for qualified and affordable immigration services in southwest Missouri. To serve that need, McBride Law is committed to providing aggressive and professional legal representation...
Nancy Price
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Springfield, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(417) 447-6874 3010 E. Battlefield
Springfield, MO 65804
Criminal, Appeals, DWI and Traffic Tickets
University of Kansas School of Law
I began my legal career in 1993 as an Assistant Federal Defender in the Western District of Missouri at Springfield defending individuals charged with federal crimes. During those 13 years at the Federal Defender's Office, I defended those charged with fraud, drug, felony sex crimes, environmental, gun, bank robbery and other federal crimes. In 2006 I opened a private practice and have limited my practice to criminal defense and appellate work. I work in Federal, State and municipal courts in the Southwest Missouri area.
Rudy A. Arambulo
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Branson, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(417) 336-4114 Tri-Lakes Law Firm, LLC
301 W. Pacific St., Ste A
Branson, MO 65616
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Divorce and Family
University of Arkansas School of Law
Rudy A. Arámbulo, a licensed attorney in the State of Missouri, is a graduate of University of Arkansas School of Law. Rudy has lived in the Branson area since 1992, having graduated from Branson High School. Education has always been important to Rudy and he started his under-graduated studies at Brigham Young University, returning to Missouri to graduate with his Bachelor’s Degree from College of the Ozarks. Choosing the practice of law was deeply personal and Rudy attended the University of Arkansas School of Law. Rudy went on to attend Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor School...
Thomas Robbins Thomas Robbins
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Jefferson City, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(573) 636-8883 300B E High
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, Cannabis Law and DWI
University of Missouri - Columbia
Based in Jefferson City, Cole County, Missouri, Thomas Robbins' practice is dedicated to criminal defense, ie: felony or misdemeanor criminal charges: DWI, drug possession, narcotics distribution, conspiracy, assault, stealing; driving while revoked/suspended and traffic offenses. Robbins defends those accused in every jurisdiction across Missouri, including: Cole, Callaway, Boone, Camden, Miller, Moniteau, St Louis City/County & Jackson County. Robbins also represents clients in civil litigation concerning Dept of Corrections, Probation & Parole; and, finally, as broker-attorney in commercial real estate transactions.
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...
Kara S. Hofman Johnson
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Marshfield, MO Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(417) 859-7580 216 S. Crittenden St.
Marshfield, MO 65706
Criminal, DWI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
Steven Edward Weir
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Washington, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(636) 390-9950 * By Appointment Only
Washington, MO 63090
Free ConsultationCriminal and DWI
Saint Louis University School of Law
I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. I graduated from Normandy Sr. High School in 1975. Attended University of MO. St. Louis. Obtained A.A. in Biblical Education from Florida Bible College in 1985, and a B.A. in Biblical Education from Florida Bible College in 1987. Graduated from St. Louis University School of Law in 1991. Passed the bar exam the first/only time I took it in 1992. Also moved to Franklin County, Missouri, and joined the Missouri Bar Association in 1992.
Matthew A. Russell
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Springfield, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(417) 882-2522 4650 S National Ave b3
Springfield, MO 65810
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Traffic Tickets
Creighton University
We are Criminal Defense and DWI Attorneys helping individuals through the legal process through aggressive advocacy. Whether you are charged with federal crimes, State felonies, DWIs or DUIs, misdemeanors or traffic tickets, we can help. Put National and State award winning Criminal Defense Lawyers who are former Greene County Prosecutors to work for you. We have nearly two decades worth of experience at the Greene County Prosecutor's Office and we want to help you with your legal issues.
Randell Keith Wood
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Springfield, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 40 years experience
(417) 882-7100 1736 E. Sunshine, Suite 517
Springfield, MO 65804
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Insurance Claims and International
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Michael K. Horn
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Branson, MO Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(417) 527-2715 1318 W. 76 Country Blvd.
Suite B
Branson, MO 65616
Criminal, Divorce, Family and Juvenile
University of South Dakota School of Law
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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.