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  • 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.

Understanding Homicide Charges in Missouri

Being charged with homicide in Missouri is a serious matter that requires the expertise of experienced defense attorneys. There are different levels of homicide charges in Missouri, including first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and manslaughter. It's important to understand the differences between these charges and the potential consequences associated with each.

Our team of St. Louis homicide attorneys has a deep understanding of Missouri's homicide laws and can provide strategic defense strategies to protect your rights and freedom. We will work tirelessly to explore all possible defense options and leverage our experience to provide you with high-quality defense.

Whether you are facing homicide charges or are seeking legal advice on behalf of a loved one, it's crucial to get started on your defense as soon as possible. Contact Muhlenkamp & Bernsen, Attorneys at Law today to schedule a consultation and begin building a strong defense for your case.

Please call (314) 347-3313 or contact us online for immediate assistance from an experienced homicide lawyer in St. Louis.

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
  • Self-defense
  • Defense of others
  • Justifiable homicide
  • Accident
  • 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.

Call (314) 347-3313 for help from our experienced homicide attorneys in St. Louis.

Missouri Homicide FAQ

What is voluntary manslaughter?

Voluntary manslaughter occurs when a person causes the death of another person under the influence of sudden passion. It is charged as a Class B felony in Missouri.

What should I do if I am facing homicide charges?

If you are facing homicide charges, 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.

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    Anthony Muhlenkamp
    Anthony Muhlenkamp (feel free to call him Tony) has been practicing law since 2003. He graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 2000 with a business degree, then headed west to Los Angeles, California where he graduated from Southwestern University School of Law. Although he thoroughly enjoyed his law school experience—especially criminal law, criminal procedure, and trial advocacy—he could not stand the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. There was something about spending four ...
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    Tory Bernsen
    Tory Dowd Bernsen is a partner at Muhlenkamp & Bernsen, Attorneys at Law. She focuses on criminal defense, DWI, and appellate advocacy. Tony Muhlenkamp and Tory first began working together at a large criminal defense firm in St. Louis in 2008. They represented clients for several years on numerous matters, ranging from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies. During that time, they developed a trusted relationship which enabled them to work well together and advocate effectively for their ...

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