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.
St. Louis Homicide Attorneys
Homicide Charges in Missouri
In Missouri, homicide is among the most serious violent crimes because it involves the death of another person. A conviction can result in the most severe penalty in our criminal justice system—the death penalty. If you are facing homicide charges, you need a homicide defense attorney with the right knowledge and experience.
At Muhlenkamp & Bernsen, Attorneys at Law, our St. Louis murder attorneys provide aggressive legal representation for clients who are facing the most serious criminal charges.
What is Homicide?
The law recognizes that there are different levels of culpability in the death of another person, so there are different degrees for homicide charges. The most serious is first degree murder, or capital murder.
First-Degree Murder in Missouri
According to Missouri Statute §565.020, a person can be charged with first-degree murder charge when the defendant causes the death of another person by an intentional action that was planned in advance. First-degree murder is charged as a Class A felony and, if convicted, a person could face:
- Death penalty
- Life in prison without the possibility of parole
Second-Degree Murder in Missouri
According to Missouri Statute §565.021, a person commits second degree-murder if:
- The person intentionally, or in attempt to cause serious physical harm to another person, causes the death of another person
- A person was killed as a result of a person committing, or attempting to commit, a felony
If convicted for second-degree murder, a person could face Class A felony charges with penalties that include:
- Life in prison without the possibility of parole
- 10 to 30-years in prison
It is important to note that if the death was caused "under the influence of sudden passion," then it could be considered voluntary manslaughter under Missouri Statute §565.023 and would be charged as a Class B felony.
Murder vs Manslaughter
The main difference between murder and involuntary manslaughter, revolves around the intent of the accused. Murder involves an intentional action that causes the death of another person, whereas involuntary manslaughter occurs when a person's reckless or negligent actions causes the death of another person.
Exploring Possible Defense Strategies
The criminal penalties vary depending on the degree of the homicide charge. Prison sentences can range from seven years for involuntary manslaughter to life in prison or the death penalty for intentional murder. Because the consequences are so severe, you need qualified legal representation. Our St. Louis homicide lawyers explore all possible defense strategies to provide the best possible representation to each client.
Possible murder defenses may include:
- Actual innocence
- Under the influence of sudden passion
- Defense of others
- Justifiable homicide
- Proper exercise of official duties
When you are facing charges for homicide or any other violent crime, it is important to have experienced legal counsel by your side. If you are arrested, politely but firmly refuse to give any statements, answer questions, or consent to any searches before speaking with an attorney. We are available to answer your call at any time of the day or night, so don’t wait to call.
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A strong defense begins with a strong offense. At Muhlenkamp & Bernsen, Attorneys at Law, we will scrupulously evaluate all angles of your case in an effort to achieve the best possible outcome and to help you restore your freedom and reputation.