New charges could be brought against six Missouri residents who are accused of assaulting a man during a robbery on July 24. According to reports, the 82-year-old man died on Aug. 14.
A St. Louis woman was sentenced on July 30 after pleading guilty to fraud charges. According to reports, the woman had been employed from 2004 to 2013 as the chief executive officer of Southeast Missouri Health Network, a nonprofit agency operating fitness centers and medical and dental offices.
For some individuals, criminal defense proceedings don't end simply because the trial is over. Individuals who are convicted still face sentencing, and good defense strategies may be able to reduce penalties. For those accused and convicted of violent crimes such as murder, defense strategies after conviction could mean the difference between a long prison sentence and execution in states such as Missouri.
Building a defense when charged with a violent crime takes skill, experience and effective evaluation of the case against you. A first step for any person accused is protection of his or her rights during the arrest process. Then, since no violent crime case is the same, each individual circumstance warrants careful scrutiny of the ongoing investigation and evidence prosecutors will use in court.
News headlines and other media reports in Missouri frequently let residents know that an arrest was made and that assault, burglary, DUI and other similar charges have been filed against an individual. People often equate criminal defense with those types of situations. White collar crime, such as embezzlement, is another type of common criminal allegation made against individuals.
When it comes to criminal charges, sometimes working with the evidence before its actually filed is in a person's best interest. This is often the case in the area of white collar crime. If convicted, penalties can be severe and have long-term consequences that affect one's reputation, earning capability and family life.