Assault and Armed Criminal Action Case Dismissed
Manslaughter and Three Counts of Assault by DWI Sentence Significantly Reduced
Murder in the 1st Degree Life Sentence Vacated
A man convicted of murder to the 1st degree hired Ms. Bernsen to represent his appeal. They fought for a post-conviction relief and she was able to get his murder 1st conviction and vacated his sentence. He has a second chance at life now.
Property Damage Charges Charge Dismissed
A man that broke down a door to his own home was facing misdemeanor property damage charges. Mr. Mulenkamp filed legal pretrial motions on his behalf, which convinced the Court that no crime was committed. The State dismissed the charges before trial.
Several Counts of Felony Possession of Child Pornography Charges Dismissed
A man charged with possession of child pornography on his computer had all of his charges dismissed after Mr. Mulenkamp proved the defendant never saw or downloaded any of the images. The State dismissed all charges.
Statutory Sodomy Not Guilty
A man facing statutory sodomy charges which carried a 10 year minimum sentence and sex offender registration was declared not guilty at trial in less than one hour.
Stealing a Motor Vehicle Charges Dismissed
A man was charged with a felony for stealing a motor vehicle. The state waited two years to file the charges and Mr. Muhlenkamp filed a motion to dismiss the charges due to a new law that reclassifies this as a misdemeanor instead of a felony. The state also missed the one-year statute of limitations. which means they had no choice but to dismiss the charges.
Stealing Thousand Dollars Worth of Goods Charges Dismissed
Felony stealing charges were found as a misunderstood business transaction after Mr. Muhlenkamp filed numerous discovery motions showing the charges were going nowhere. The State dismissed the case.
Transportation of Drugs No Jail Time. Probation Continued.
A man on felony probation was found with possession of controlled substances. He was convicted of transporting 16 pounds of marijuana in another state. Mr. Mulenkamp kept the man out of jail and probation continued as normal.
Two Counts of Robbery in the First Degree Case Dismissed
A St. Louis County man was charged with two counts of robbery in the first degree and armed criminal action, felonies that carried a potential sentence of life in prison. The alleged victim’s prior identification of Mr. Muhlenkamp’s client was only the product of a Facebook search on his friend’s cellphone that proved to be completely unreliable. The judge dismissed the case and the State agreed not to reissue charges.
Assault Attorneys in St. Louis
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Assault can result in misdemeanor or felony charges. At Muhlenkamp & Bernsen, Attorneys at Law, we provide quality representation from highly knowledgeable and experienced assault lawyers in St. Louis. Your attorney will keep you informed about the status of your case, answer your questions, and communicate with you throughout the legal process.
Assault Charges in Missouri
In Missouri, assault charges are separated into degrees depending on the seriousness of the crime. Fourth degree assault is a misdemeanor, while the other degrees are all felony violent crimes. First degree assault is the most serious.
Assault charges in Missouri include:
- First degree – Attempting to cause serious physical injury or kill another person
- Second degree – Assault using a deadly weapon, recklessly causing serious injury or recklessly causing injury with a firearm
- Third degree – Knowingly causing physical injury
- Fourth degree – Attempting to cause injury, causing injury using a firearm, placing another in fear of immediate physical injury, attempting to harm a disabled person, or reckless conduct that places another at substantial risk of serious injury or death
The penalties for conviction depend on the degree of the assault charge, any prior convictions, and specifics of the case. Misdemeanor charges can result in a jail term of up to one year and fines of up to $2,000. If you are convicted of a felony, you could face years of imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines.
Defense Strategies for Assault Charges
Common defenses for assault charges include showing that the action was justified as self-defense or that the defendant did not assault the alleged victim. The specifics of the situation and evidence in your case will influence your defense strategy. Our assault attorneys in St. Louis take the time to fully investigate your case and the evidence, and we work to obtain the best disposition possible through plea negotiations or a jury trial.
If you have been charged with assault, call (314) 347-3313 for a consultation.
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