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Defending Against Violent Crime Charges in Missouri

A conviction for a violent offense carries strict penalties, including the potential for significant periods of incarceration. At Cavanagh & Associates, we provide aggressive representation for clients charged with violent offenses. Our St. Louis violent crimes lawyer is a former prosecutor with more than 50 years of legal experience.

Have you or a loved one been charged with a violent crime? Call(314) 309-2799for immediate assistance from our violent crimes attorney in St. Louis. 

Types Of Violent Offenses

At Cavanagh & Associates, we understand that your freedom and reputation are important to you. Violent crimes are severely punished in Missouri, so it is important to seek experienced legal representation when facing charges for a violent offense. If you are arrested, invoke your right to an attorney and contact us right away.

Representation for individuals facing criminal charges for:

What are the Penalties for Violent Crimes in Missouri?

The specific punishments that may be imposed depend on the nature of the crime. Each crime has sentencing guidelines with a range of potential punishments, and some have mandatory minimum sentences. Some violent crimes have the potential for years of incarceration. Even when individuals are released from prison, the consequences continue to follow them as they reintegrate into society and attempt to find employment.

What To Do Following a Violent Crime Arrest

Facing arrest for a violent crime is an overwhelming experience, and knowing the right steps to take can make a substantial difference in the result of your case.

  • Invoke Your Right to Remain Silent: Upon arrest, you can remain silent. Exercise this right and avoid making any statements to law enforcement without the company of your attorney. Anything you say can be used against you in court.
  • Request an Attorney: Assert your right to an attorney immediately. Do not answer questions without legal representation. Your attorney will guide you through the legal process, protect your rights, and help build a solid defense.
  • Stay Calm and Compliant: While asserting your rights is crucial, maintaining composure and complying with law enforcement orders is equally important. Resisting arrest or behaving aggressively can escalate the situation and potentially harm your case.
  • Avoid Discussing the Case: Refrain from discussing the details of your case with anyone other than your attorney. This includes fellow inmates, family, or friends. Confidentiality is key, and information shared inappropriately can harm your defense.
  • Take Note of Details: Pay attention to the circumstances surrounding your arrest. Make mental notes of the events, the presence of witnesses, and any potential violations of your rights. These details may be crucial for building a defense later.
  • Comply with Court Orders: Adhere to any court orders, such as appearing for scheduled hearings or meeting with your attorney. Failing to comply with court instructions can result in additional legal consequences.
  • Gather Information About Your Case: Work closely with your attorney to gather information about your case. Provide them with any relevant details, documents, or evidence that may aid in your defense. Your attorney will assess the situation and formulate the best strategy moving forward.
  • Be Mindful of Your Online Presence: Refrain from discussing your case on social media or other online platforms. Prosecutors may use such information against you. Maintain a low profile and allow your attorney to handle legal communications.

Defenses Against Violent Crime Charges

Some common defenses against violent crime charges may include:

  • Self-Defense: Demonstrating that the accused acted in self-defense, protecting themselves or others from harm.
  • Defense of Others: Establishing that the accused acted to protect another person from imminent danger.
  • Mistaken Identity: Proving that the accused was wrongly identified as the perpetrator of the violent crime.
  • Insufficient Evidence: Challenging the prosecution's case by highlighting gaps or inconsistencies in the evidence presented.
  • Duress: Arguing that the accused committed the crime under duress or coercion.
  • Lack of Intent: Demonstrating that the accused did not have the intent required for the alleged violent crime.

Contact Our Violent Crimes Attorney in St. Louis Today

If you or a loved one has been charged with a violent crime, hiring a knowledgeable and experienced St. Louis criminal defense attorney is essential to help protect you from the potentially life-altering consequences of a conviction for a violent crime. We can help you understand your options and make important decisions, whether you decide to negotiate a plea agreement or take your case to trial.

When facing serious charges, you need experienced legal advice. Call our law firm at (314) 309-2799for a consultation with our St. Louis violent crimes lawyer. 

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