Violent Crimes Attorneys St. Louis
Being charged with a violent crime is very serious because there is an alleged victim involved – whenever there is an alleged victim involved, the stakes always get higher. Much like homicide cases, assaults, domestic assaults, and other violent crimes such as robbery also have severe consequences if you are convicted. These crimes often carry mandatory minimum sentences if convicted and may not be eligible for probation depending on the specific circumstances.
Murder and manslaughter charges are especially serious. Whenever a death is involved, law enforcement is going to apply greater resources to the case and do everything they can to get a conviction. Murder charges, and other homicides, also carry mandatory minimum sentences if convicted. Murder in the first degree carries a mandatory sentence of life without probation or parole – and when the stakes are this high, you need an experienced attorney by your side.
Muhlenkamp & Bernsen provides skilled legal assistance for criminal matters throughout the St. Louis area. Contact one of our attorneys today to learn how we can help defend you in court.
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What To Do After Receiving a Violent Crimes Charge
Not talking to the police and asking for an attorney right away are the two most important things you can do when you are charged with a violent crime like assault. We cannot stress this enough: do not speak to the police or consent to any searches of your property if you are a suspect. Instead, insist on speaking with an attorney immediately. The sooner we get involved, the sooner we can help you.
Likewise, it is imperative that you not waive your rights if you are a suspect in a murder or homicide investigation. Tell the police that you do not want to make a statement and you are not consenting to any searches. Instead, ask for an attorney. Do not be misled by police that tell you that this will “all be cleared up” if you just answer a few questions. Be persistent, polite, and insist on speaking with an attorney.
Violent Crime Defenses
There are a varying number of defenses to a violent crimes charge such as assault, murder, or homicide. Some questions you might
- Were you acting in self-defense?
- Were you not acting intentionally and only under the heat of passion?
- Were you acting recklessly, but not intentionally, so that a lesser-included charge might be appropriate?
- Are there other viable suspects that law enforcement simply ignored and instead chose to focus on you because you were the easiest
We will pursue all viable defenses that apply to your murder or homicide case. We pledge to fully investigate your murder or homicide case and make sure you are defended zealously and effectively. Whether it is a jury trial or throughout plea negotiations, we will obtain the best
disposition possible through whatever route makes the most sense for your specific murder or homicide case.
How a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
We will fight to get you out of jail as soon as possible with a reasonable bond that your family or friends can help post. We will then obtain all of the evidence in your case and explore all of your viable defenses to the charges. Charges of violent crime require a thorough review of the facts involved and detailed preparation of the legal issues that you will face. You will be “in the loop” the entire time and your questions will be answered. We want and value your input. We will work with you to try to get you back to your family, your job, and your life.
In cases where a death occurred, we will pursue all viable defenses that apply to your murder or homicide case. We pledge to fully investigate your murder or homicide case and make sure you are defended zealously and effectively. Whether it is a jury trial or throughout plea negotiations, we will obtain the best disposition possible through whatever route makes the most sense for your specific murder or homicide
Our attorneys have successfully handled cases involving violent crime before. Make sure you have experienced counsel by your side when facing such serious allegations. Time in prison or jail, felony convictions, and probation with very long back-ups hanging over your head are just some of the repercussions.