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Missouri Criminal Defense Attorney Serving St. Louis, Missouri

Missouri law divides criminal charges into two broad categories: misdemeanors and felonies. Each category is further divided into classes, with the severity ascending as the class letter approaches the beginning of the alphabet. The consequences of each classification can significantly alter the trajectory of a defendant’s life, affecting everything from personal liberty to career prospects. 

At Eisenhauer Law, our team understands how these charges can impact one's life. We are here to provide knowledgeable legal guidance to fight for your rights throughout the entire legal process. Also, we have the resources, experience, and aggressive representation you need to look toward a brighter future.  


In Missouri, misdemeanors are not to be taken lightly. They directly impact a person’s criminal record and can lead to incarceration, albeit for relatively shorter periods. Misdemeanors are classified as follows: 

  • Class A Misdemeanors: Carrying a potential penalty of up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine, Class A misdemeanors include offenses like assault, sexual abuse, and first-offense DWI. 

  • Class B Misdemeanors: Punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, they encompass charges such as trespassing and minor in possession of alcohol. 

  • Class C Misdemeanors: Up to 15 days in jail and a $750 fine, these offenses may include harassment and driving with a revoked license. 

  • Class D Misdemeanors: This class is for fine-only offenses, with a maximum fee of $500 for violations such as littering or possession of drug paraphernalia. 

A persistent offender or someone whose crime was motivated by factors like race or disability may face enhanced penalties, highlighting the importance of legal counsel when dealing with misdemeanor charges. 


The stakes are significantly raised when Missouri courts deal with felony charges. A felony conviction comes with profound implications for a defendant’s future, often involving long-term incarceration and the loss of certain civil rights. Felonies are split into five classes: 

  • Class A Felony: The most serious offenses, including murder, can result in a life sentence or up to 30 years in prison. 

  • Class B Felony: For crimes like robbery, the potential incarceration period is between five and 15 years. 

  • Class C Felony: Kidnapping and some drug offenses can lead to jail sentences ranging from three to 10 years. 

  • Class D Felony: This category, with a maximum penalty of seven years in prison, covers crimes like stalking and certain drug distribution charges. 

  • Class E Felony: Offenses such as growing a minimal amount of marijuana can result in imprisonment for a maximum of four years. 

Additionally, judges may enforce conditional release or impose fines based on the severity of the crime and the defendant's criminal history.

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Crafting a Defense That Counts

Navigating the legal intricacies of criminal charges in Missouri demands a strategic defense. Each charge should be met with a tailored offense guided by a professional who understands both the law and the unique circumstances of the case. 

For Misdemeanors 

A sound defense for misdemeanors often revolves around the specifics of the charge and the defendant’s history. Potential strategies might include factual disputes, raising affirmative defenses, or exploring diversion programs: 

  • Factual Disputes: Challenging the evidence or the prosecution’s account can sometimes lead to the reduction or dismissal of charges. 

  • Affirmative Defenses: Cases involving self-defense, necessity, or defense of property can be framed as affirmative defenses, placing the burden of proof on the state. 

  • Diversion Programs: Judges may offer diversion, a form of sentence in which a defendant doesn’t plead guilty and the case is postponed. If the defendant complies with the terms, the case may be dismissed. 

Felonies Demand a Strategic Defense 

The complexity of felony charges necessitates not only a thorough understanding of the law but also an attorney who is adept at handling the intricacies of the courts and the prosecution. Possible felony defense strategies encompass the following: 

  • Pre-Trial Motions: These can include motions to suppress evidence, change venue, or challenge the constitutionality of the law or charge. 

  • Trial Defense: A skillful attorney will ensure that your rights are protected at every stage of the trial, from jury selection to cross-examination. 

  • Sentencing Mitigation: Even if you are found guilty, your attorney can present mitigating factors to seek a more lenient sentence. 

The Road to Appeal

The appeals process offers a second chance for justice when a defendant believes that a legal error affected the outcome of their case. In Missouri, understanding the appeals process is crucial for those who seek review or a reversal of a conviction. 

Given the range of complexities, an attorney specializing in appeals can dissect the trial record, identify errors, and present compelling arguments before the appellate court. 

Crafting an Effective Appeal

To craft an effective appeal, an attorney will: 

  • Identify potential errors during the trial that could impact the appeal's success. 

  • Compile a persuasive written brief that explains the errors and legal violations. 

  • Present a strong oral argument in court if the appeal proceeds to a hearing. 

  • Work to secure the best outcome for the client, whether it’s a new trial, a changed sentence, or an acquittal. 

For the best chance of a successful appeal, early intervention is key. Attorneys can assess whether there are grounds to appeal and begin building the case immediately after the conviction. 

Personalized Legal Advocacy

Our personalized legal advocacy is distinguished by:

  • Proactive Approach: We actively engage with clients from the onset, shaping a defense that’s both aggressive and attuned to their specific needs and concerns. 

  • Strong Analysis: We scrutinize the details of every case, from police reports to witness statements, ensuring we build the strongest defense possible. 

  • Transparency: We believe in open communication, keeping our clients informed about their options, the potential outcomes, and the strategy we will employ in their defense. 

  • Results-Driven Philosophy: We are committed to achieving the best possible outcome for our clients, whether that means an acquittal, a reduction in charges, or a favorable plea deal.

Whether you're dealing with a DUI, DWI, theft charge, or any other criminal charge, we can help you create a strong defense. Contact us to see how we can work together.

Missouri Criminal Defense Attorney Serving
St. Louis, Missouri

For those facing the complex challenges of criminal charges in Missouri, the right attorney can be the difference between a life of unshackled potential and one of constrained opportunities. Remember, in criminal defense, you want an ally who not only knows the law but is unyielding in the application of your rights. If you or someone close to you is tangled in the justice system, don’t gamble with your future—seek the guidance of Eisenhauer Law.