Second-degree murder charges are serious matters that must be addressed in an appropriate manner by the defense team. There are several options that you have for your defense strategy if you are facing this charge. You should review the ones that apply to your case carefully so that you can set the strategy that you want.
Officers with the St. Louis Police Department were dispatched to a home located along 7400 Pennsylvania Avenue early in the afternoon on April 23. When they arrived there, they found that a 23-year-old man had been shot. Soon after paramedics had whisked the victim away, police took their alleged suspect into custody at a nearby home.
A man from Cole County, Missouri, has been accused of creating homemade bombs and then blowing them up outside of someone else's house. He was arrested by the police, and he now faces charges for second-degree assault (two charges), unlawful manufacture and use of a dangerous weapon (one charge), a misdemeanor drug charge (one count) and a felony drug charge (one count).
As an alternative to incarceration and/or other criminal penalties, more and more states are putting pre-trial diversion programs into place. These programs help defendants overcome underlying problems that may have contributed to their alleged criminal activities. These programs also play an invaluable role in helping to reduce overcrowded prison populations across the nation.
A 16-year-old boy and two adults have been arrested in connection with a carjacking that occurred on Wednesday evening in the Shaw neighborhood of St. Louis.
A jury in Buchanan County, Missouri, determined recently that a man was not guilty of charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action.
People who are involved in the criminal justice system in Missouri should have a basic understanding about how the classification of the crime impacts their possible sentences. These classifications can also have an impact on how a conviction might affect them later in life.
Being accused of a violent crime comes with some very difficult decisions. You have to determine what is best for you at each turn. In some cases, there might not be a clear answer about this. You have to consider what each option means for you now and into the future. We know this is a challenge, so we are here to work with you throughout the process.
How confident a witness sounds or acts may play a large role in a court case. When the witness picks out the alleged perpetrator, if they seem very sure that they have the right person, it's easy to assume that they do -- even when that person denies it with every breath.
When you are questioned by homicide officers in the police department, they are asking you about the circumstances of someone's death. Homicides are deaths that are caused by another person. This doesn't mean that they are all criminal matters, but they must be vetted to determine the truth of the matter.