If you or any of your family members are facing a criminal charge in Missouri – whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony – it’s essential to obtain legal help in a timely manner. The sooner you contact a Missouri criminal defense lawyer, the better are your chances of securing a favorable outcome.
At Miller & Hine, we are committed to providing the best possible legal representation for all our clients – irrespective of who they are, what they do, and what kind of charges they are facing. We will use all the tools in our arsenal to get the charges against you dropped, dismissed, or reduced.
Why It Is Not Prudent to Represent Yourself in a Criminal Case
Legally speaking, you have the right to represent yourself in a criminal case. It is, however, not a sensible idea at all – regardless of the charges you are facing. The first thing you need to understand is that you might not be knowledgeable enough to figure out the possible ramifications of a conviction.
What you consider a minor crime might have long-lasting repercussions and might affect your career and reputation to a greater extent than you think. Even something as minor as a vehicular offense can have an impact on your auto insurance rates. Only a qualified criminal lawyer can determine the quantum of punishment in the event of a conviction.
Moreover, under Missouri law, the judge has the authority to decide the quantum of punishment (within the prescribed guidelines) for a particular crime – depending on various factors.
For instance, for a Class C misdemeanor, the judge might let you go with a fine – if it happens to be your first offense. If, on the other hand, you already have a conviction on your record, the judge might decide to send you to jail.
This is a risk you cannot afford to take, especially if you are facing a serious charge (Class A misdemeanor or a felony). This is one of the salient reasons why you should be represented by a competent criminal defense lawyer.
Remember – the lawyer who represents you has a duty of loyalty towards you and a duty of confidentiality with respect to the information you share with them. In other words, your criminal defense lawyer is the only person whom you can completely trust and rely on.
How the Criminal Defense Attorneys at Miller & Hine Can Help You
Miller & Hine has a reputation for handling state and federal cases of varying scale and complexity. Our attorneys can provide you with aggressive and effective legal representation and relentlessly fight for a favorable outcome – whether you are facing a misdemeanor or a felony.
We take a personal interest in each and every case we take up and make sure all our resources are directed towards achieving a favorable outcome for the client. We know from experience that state prosecutors – in their zeal to get a conviction – might try to exaggerate the severity of the crimes you are accused of and make claims that cannot be supported by evidence.
It is why we comb through every single piece of evidence that the prosecution has and look for inconsistencies, exaggerations, and fabrications that might indicate that the case against you is not as strong as the prosecutors claim to be. If we manage to find a procedural lapse or something even worse on the prosecution’s part, we can easily get them to drop or reduce the charges against you.
Need a Skilled Criminal Defense Lawyer to Represent You Call Us Today!
A criminal charge in Missouri is not something you can afford to take lightly, as the consequences can be serious and long-lasting. Do not leave your career, reputation, freedom, and life in the hands of an inexperienced attorney. Increase your chances of securing a positive outcome by hiring the criminal defense lawyers at Miller & Hine. Call our firm today at 314-413-2053 or contact us online for a free review of your case.
Saint Louis, Missouri
8764 Manchester Rd, Suite 204
St. Louis MO 63144
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