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Missouri classifies crimes based upon the possible sentences, which are set by the state legislature. A felony is a crime punishable by at least one (1) year in the Missouri Department of Corrections upon a plea of guilty, or upon conviction by a judge or jury after trial. A felony is more serious than a misdemeanor charge. Further, Missouri classifies crimes within the felony category according to letter grades based upon the severity of the possible sentences.
You can lose the right to serve on a jury. You cannot serve on a jury if you have been convicted of a felony, unless you have successfully petitioned to have your civil rights restored. The only way to do so is to be pardoned by the Governor.
You can lose the right to carry a firearm. People who have felony convictions on their record are barred by both Missouri state law and Federal law from owning or possessing firearms.
If you are a foreign national, you can be deported. A non-citizen who commits an aggravated felony or a crime involving moral turpitude is generally ineligible for relief from deportation and often will be barred from reentering the U.S. in the future.
You may also have a difficult time getting a license, obtaining insurance, finding employment, finding housing, and getting a student loan.
CALL ME! I have been fighting felonies for fourteen years and I provide my clients with personal attention and thorough communication. Every client has my office number, my cell phone number, and my email address. I even leave notes in my files so my assistant can return calls asking about simple information like new court dates or payment information. I want clients to be educated about their cases and the law applicable to their cases so they can make the decisions that are best for them.
I also believe that solid, aggressive representation doesn’t have to cost an arm-and-a-leg. My fees are reasonable (starting at $1,500 for a first offense, low level felony without a trial) and I work with many of my clients on payment plans. I have helped over 100 clients navigate their felonies through the legal system and I have the experience, knowledge and skills to help you through your criminal case. No matter the charge, no matter the jurisdiction, no matter the law enforcement agency, contact me for a free initial consultation at 314-384-4000. I want to help you!
In a criminal case, the Prosecutor begins the case by filing an Information, which is the charging document; a document that provides the Defendant with a list of the charges and all the details the Prosecutor is alleging. It is often combined with a Probable Cause Statement, which contains the arresting officer’s statements the Prosecutor relied on when deciding whether to issue a charge against the Defendant.
The Prosecutor produces evidence in an effort to prove an accused Defendant has committed the crime the police have alleged s/he committed. Evidence can come in many forms. The most common form is testimonial evidence, where a witness tells a police officer s/he has knowledge (direct or indirect) that someone has committed a crime. Other testimonial evidence might include video or audio recordings. Officer observations (ie - DWI field sobriety tests) also fall into the testimonial evidence category. There may also be physical evidence such as a blood sample, a weapon, or clothing. Such evidence must be properly collected and stored, along with a proper chain of custody to ensure it is always accounted for.
The Prosecutor also has to meet a burden of proof, requires them to prove certain components or “elements” (sometimes three or four different elements). Unless the Prosecutor can prove that a Defendant’s actions rose to the level of each element, then that person cannot be found guilty of the crime with which s/he is charged.
In short, the Prosecutor’s job is to “seek justice” for the victims, which many Prosecutors believe means to get as many convictions as s/he can. Many Prosecutors also believe the only way to change behavior is by asking Judges to give out harsh sentences - often including prison time. That is why it is so important to have an attorney fighting for you and protecting your constitutional rights. I want to be your lawyer to make sure you are informed about your case and make sure that your rights are protected.
If the Prosecutor can prove that there is solid evidence against you, or if a plea falls through, then the case will almost certainly go to trial. Even though most criminal matters end with some sort of deal between you and the state, criminal trials do happen and are sometimes necessary. Even if you think your case is a no-brainer and there is no way anyone could find you guilty, a trial may still take lots of time and cost you lots of money. That is why it is important to have an attorney like me who has handled lots of cases from beginning to end!
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