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Criminal Defense Attorney in Jefferson City, MO

Being charged with a crime, whether a misdemeanor or a felony, can have a serious impact on your life, as well as your family’s lives, if not handled properly. A conviction will have even more serious, and widespread consequences, which is why working with an experienced Missouri criminal defense attorney in Jefferson City is one of the most important and responsible decisions that you can make following your arrest.

The Missouri criminal courts are structured in a way that is extremely difficult for a defendant to navigate independently, and the prosecutors who will be pushing to convict you have years, if not decades, of experience pushing for convictions. Without the help of an attorney, it can feel impossible to work towards a fair and acceptable outcome to your case, but the criminal defense lawyers at Kirsch & Kirsch, LLC are here to help. Whether charged with juvenile crimes, DWI, drug offenses, or more, contact us now to speak with a Missouri attorney about your situation and how we can represent your case through the justice system.

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Contact Us For a Free Initial Consultation

Our team of criminal defense lawyers has years of experience defending a range of criminal cases, and we will be happy to help you with your situation as soon as possible. Our law firm offers a free initial consultation where we can discuss the specifics of your charges, provide you with examples of past cases that we have successfully defended similar to your own, and provide you with legal advice that will give you peace of mind in the early days following your arrest.

Knowing that someone is dedicated to fighting your criminal offense charges and helping you navigate the complex world of criminal law can help reduce stress and focus on your personal needs while we start to build your case for you.

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The Importance Of Working With a Defense Attorney

Missouri prosecutors are focused nearly singularly on one thing: convictions. They will not be interested in exploring additional options for your case, and will not go out of their way to evidence that is good for your case. They will be working to convince the jury that you are guilty on all counts, and you need someone on your side of the aisle making a case to ensure that all angles are explored and that the jury remembers that a charge is not a conviction.

Your defense starts on day one, so working with an attorney as early as possible, even before you are charged,extremely important. At your arraignment, it may seem appealing to submit a “guilty” plea in order to expedite the process, and potentially accept an alternative penalty offered at that time. This is almost never a good idea, and we will be able to guide you through this process.

Our Criminal Defense Practice Areas

The following are general examples of our criminal defense practice areas. Whether or not you see your situation mentioned explicitly below, request an initial consultation immediately so that we can discuss the specifics of your situation and get a better understanding of if and how we can work together through your case.

Being arrested for possession of controlled substances—whether for personal use, intent to distribute, or trafficking—can have serious consequences that may impact the rest of your life. However, being caught with a controlled substance does not mean that you will need to face the maximum recommended penalties in the state law or in the sentencing guidelines. Contact us as soon as possible to discuss your case and give you an understanding of how we can help you move forward, and give you advice on the next steps you should take to improve your chances of a positive outcome in your case. Possession of a scheduled drug can significantly impact your life, and we are here to help you with your Missouri drug charges today.

Being arrested and charged with DWI, otherwise referred to as DUI (driving under the influence) can have a serious impact on your life whether or not you are ultimately convicted. In fact, from the moment you are arrested for DWI, you will have 15 days to appeal to the Department of Revenue before your license is automatically suspended – completely separate from your criminal case. This is one of the many things that will go into motion immediately upon your arrest, all of which our firm will be able to help you navigate and ensure that you take all of the appropriate steps to either work towards a dismissal or sentencing alternative or otherwise work to minimize the impacts on your life.

Theft charges are some of the most common types of charges that we represent, but this does not mean that it is any less important to take a specific and unique approach to each client that we are defending. Context is important in all criminal charges, and we will work to understand the context and ensure that the judge and jury also understand, so that we can work towards a dismissal or reduced sentencing if and when possible. Keep in mind that even a misdemeanor theft charge can have serious, long-term impacts on your life, so while it may seem like submitting a guilty plea can be a good idea to get through the process, make sure that you do not do this without consulting with an attorney.

Whether or not you see your own Missouri crimes mentioned above, contact us as soon as possible to request an initial consultation and get a better sense of how we can help you through this stressful and complicated process.

Frequently Asked Questions About Criminal Lawyers

If you have been charged with a crime in Missouri, you are certain to have many questions that are best answered by a criminal defense professional. The following are just a few of the many questions we answer during our free consultation. Remember that your criminal charges are unique to your situation, and the following should not be interpreted as specific legal advice. To get clear answers for your legal issues, contact us now to speak with an attorney.

Several factors determine whether or not certain offenses, whether misdemeanor or felony, will result in any sort of incarceration. First of all, you are not guilty until the courts rule so, meaning that your attorney will first work towards finding a way to have your charges either reduced or dismissed outright. If that is not realistic for your offenses, the next step is to build a strong defense that works towards a fair and reasonable outcome through the Missouri justice system, which could mean any number of outcomes.

Contact the criminal lawyers at our Jefferson City, MO law firm to speak with an experienced professional about your criminal law offenses and to get a better sense of how we have handled cases similar to your own in the past. While this won’t give you an exact understanding of how your criminal defense will go, it can give you an idea of how criminal law works with similar offenses.

After being charged with DWI/DUI in Jefferson City, MO, you will need to partner with a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that you do not miss any important deadlines that are set into motion following your criminal law charges. One of these deadlines is applying for an administrative hearing to retain your driver’s license after a Missouri DWI arrest.

The Jefferson City, MO police will take your physical license from you at the time of your arrest that is valid for 15 days. Within this time, you will need to schedule an administrative hearing to keep from having your license suspended through an administrative process through the Missouri Department of Revenue that runs separately from the criminal law processes that are also in motion at this point. Suppose you fail to schedule an administrative hearing after your Jefferson City, MO DWI. In that case, you may lose your license for an extended period regardless of what happens with your criminal law charges.

After being charged with a crime in Jefferson City, MO, there are many options you will have. You will need to submit a plea at your arraignment, whether guilty or innocent, and you may be offered a way to expedite the legal process if you plead guilty right from the start. Before attending your arraignment, you must work with a Missouri attorney to determine the appropriate steps to move towards the best possible outcome, which may be a plea bargain, but may not.

In addition to the fact that a plea bargain may ultimately be your best option, the reality is that the first plea bargain that the Missouri prosecution offers is likely not the most “fair” bargain you could negotiate with the help of an attorney. Prosecutors are focused on convictions and may attempt to leverage a defendant’s confusion or fear in the days after their arrest by securing a conviction for a lesser charge without having to put in the effort — or risk having the original charges dismissed, or the defendant is ound “not guilty.”

After being charged with any sort of crime in Jefferson City, MO, one of the first things you should do is get in touch with an attorney. Our law firm offers a free consultation for people who have been charged with a range of crimes, both misdemeanor, and felony, to discuss the specifics of the case and get a better idea of how best to move forward. From the moment you enter a plea at your arraignment, things are set into motion that you may not be able to change afterward. Therefore, it is best to show up to the Missouri courts for your arraignment with a clear plan in mind.

During your arrest, stay silent and polite, only offering basic information like identifying details without divulging information relating to your alleged crimes. As the police will remind you during your arrest, “you have the right to remain silent,” and more importantly that “anything you say can and will be used against you.” Many people will attempt to talk their way out of an arrest or bargain with police, but this often just provides them with more evidence to secure a conviction. So keep quiet and call our law firm as soon as you can use a phone.

Contact Kirsch & Kirsch, LLC Today for an Initial Consultation

After being charged with a crime, the following days and weeks can be very confusing. Before your arraignment, contact our firm so that we can discuss your situation and understand more about how we can work together. When you go into your arraignment represented by an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney, you can stand in front of the judge with confidence knowing that you have the support that will help you navigate the complicated world of the Missouri criminal courts.

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