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Ballwin , MO , 63021 usa
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What to Expect from the Criminal Defense Process in Missouri

You are not alone

Facing any type of criminal charge can be frightening. Often, you don't know what to expect. The criminal defense lawyers in St. Louis County, Missouri at Case & Rajnoha are here to help. With more than 40 years of experience handling all types of criminal cases, our lawyers can confidently guide you through the process, answer your questions and prepare a compelling defense.

Call us at (636) 552-4872 or contact us online for a free initial phone consultation to assess your case. We represent clients in a wide range of criminal offenses, including drunk driving, drug crimes and more:

  • Assault and battery
  • Domestic abuse
  • Drug crimes
  • Shoplifting
  • Traffic violations
  • Trespassing
  • Vandalism

Steps in the criminal defense process

  • Stop. The police may stop you for questioning. You have the right to refuse to answer.
  • Search. If probable cause exists, a judge can issue a search warrant to look for items connected with the alleged criminal activity. Warrants are not necessary for all searches.
  • Arrest. In order to be arrested, there must be probable cause that a crime was committed and that you committed it. You have two important constitutional rights: the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney.
  • Booking. Following your arrest, the police escort you to the police station for the booking process and you will be fingerprinted, interrogated, searched and photographed.
  • Appointment of an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney and you have been charged with a crime punishable by imprisonment, an attorney is appointed to defend you.
  • Arraignment. You appear in court once criminal charges are filed and you will be asked to enter your plea to the crime with which you have been charged. In Missouri, this includes guilty, not guilty, not guilty by reason of insanity and Alford plea (you do not admit to all or some portions of the crime). If you plead guilty or Alford plea, you will be sentenced without trial.
  • Bail/bond. Cash, a bail bond, or a pledge of property to ensure you appear for further criminal proceedings.
  • Speedy trial. The U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to a speedy trial, that is, a trial will be held within a certain time frame after you have been charged.
  • Trial. If you do not reach a plea agreement with the prosecutor (many prosecutors will consider one), your case moves toward trial. Depending on the charges, you may have the right to a trial by jury.
  • Appeals. In the event you are found guilty, you have the right to an appeal.
  • Expungement. In some limited circumstances, you may be able to have your criminal record removed, closed, or in the case of juvenile records, destroyed.

When you or a loved one is in trouble, Case & Rajnoha is here to help

Our Missouri criminal defense lawyers focus on the legal needs of the family.  When someone faces criminal charges in St. Louis County or throughout Missouri, our lawyers want to help. When you engage us, you'll receive the same sincerity, expertise and dedication no matter what the charges against you or a loved one are. Here at Case & Rajnoha, LLP, we promise to give you prompt, personal attention.

Trusted legal services for your family

Since 1975, the Ballwin law firm of Case & Rajnoha has been helping families resolve their legal issues — including defense against criminal charges. Call our attorneys at (636) 552-4872 or contact us online to schedule your free initial phone consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.

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1190 Meramec Station Road, First Bank Building, Suite 203
Ballwin, Missouri, 63021 USA