Wegge & Casey, P.C. Attorneys at Law
Former Elected Prosecutor.
By working with Wegge & Casey, P.C., you get more than professional legal representation. At Wegge & Casey, P.C., we have lawyers who are focused on your vision, your rights and freedom, opportunities, issues, and challenges.
Serving our clients in the areas of civil law and criminal defense throughout Jefferson County and Eastern Missouri, we are practicing law the way it should be practiced. We’re waiting for your call.
Seeking Justice for All.
The Experienced Choice in Criminal Defense.
Experienced Criminal Attorneys. Former Jefferson County Elected Prosecuting Attorney. Over 25 years of combined prosecution experience.
At Wegge & Casey, P.C., we believe that even good people make mistakes, and our lawyers will work with you, using our wealth of knowledge and diverse backgrounds to come up with creative solutions to your legal issues. We are consistent, patient and professional, giving each new case the attention it deserves. An integral part of our services is to work closely with our clients so that they can make the right decisions with respect to their legal needs.
How We Can Help You
DWI, DUI, DUID, Traffic, Drug Charges, Assault, Burglary, Robbery, Probation Violations, Warrants and Bond Hearings, Misdemeanor and Felony Crimes. Serving our clients in Municipal and State Courts throughout Jefferson County and Eastern Missouri.
Personal Injury, Real Estate, Landlord / Tenant Disputes, Rent & Possession
Expertise. Intuition. Ingenuity.
Forrest was born and raised in Jefferson County. He grew up in DeSoto and graduated from St. Pius X High School in Festus. He eventually ventured to the east coast and graduated from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania with his bachelor’s degree in 1990. Forrest earned his juris doctorate from St. Thomas University Law School in Miami, Florida in 1994. While attending law school, he was a member of the honor council and interned in the Broward County Public Defender’s Office. Forrest started his career as a lawyer at the Lehnen Law Office in Richmond, Missouri during which he was also the Assistant Ray County Prosecuting Attorney. In 1999, he returned to Jefferson County as an assistant prosecuting attorney. Then, he left the prosecutor’s office and went to work for a local law firm in 2001. After learning the ropes, he eventually hung his own shingle by starting Wegge Law Office in 2005 and was appointed DeSoto municipal judge. In 2006, Forrest was elected as the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney and served for twelve years making him the longest serving prosecuting attorney in county history. During his 12 year term, he taught as an adjunct professor at Jefferson College, chaired various boards and advisory committees, and oversaw the longest student intern program in the history of the office. Once he accomplished the 12 year mark, Forrest decided to open Wegge & Casey, P.C. on the courthouse square and currently serves as the municipal judge in Crystal City. Forrest resides in Arnold with his wife, Heather, and daughter, Miranda.
David is a Missouri native; he was born in Cape Girardeau and grew up in both the Festus and Arnold areas. He attended high school at Providence Christian Academy in Sappington. He earned his bachelor degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2005. Upon graduation, David worked at Farmers Insurance Group as a claims manager that oversaw over 60 employees. He then decided to further his education and ultimately graduated from St. Louis University Law School in 2013. During law school, he interned at the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in the summer of 2012 and interned for attorney Joseph Rubin in St. Charles County in the fall of 2012. He served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Hillsboro for 5 years. After those 5 years, David left that position to become a partner in Wegge and Casey, P.C. David and his wife, Autumn, reside in south St. Louis with two children, Thomas and Elise, and their dog, Oscar. David and his family have served the Jefferson County area for many years. David's uncle, Ron Casey, served Jefferson County in the Missouri House of Representatives from 2004 until 2012 and his father, Rick Casey, owns numerous local businesses in the county.
Bill attended Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and graduated with his bachelor’s degree in 1964. He worked in the field of defense mapping before attending and graduating from St. Louis University Law School in 1979. Bill practiced law as a solo practitioner in DeSoto and later became a partner in a law firm in Hillsboro. While practicing law, he was the municipal judge of DeSoto and a contract public defender. Bill later was elected judge in Jefferson County in 1993 and retired after 16 years. After retiring, he went back to practice law in Hillsboro for a number of years. Bill has resided in Jefferson County for more than fifty years, raising all three of his children here with his wife, Nancy. Presently, Bill serves as of counsel at Wegge & Casey P.C due to his wide spectrum of legal experience.
Our Criminal Practice
Former Prosecutors, Strong Defense
If you have been accused of committing a criminal offense in Jefferson County, MO or in Eastern Missouri, our team of dedicated criminal defense attorneys can work with you and craft a wholistic defense.
Criminal law is a broad area of the law, and in its essence, it is the area of law dealing with efforts by the state government (whether it be federal, state, county, or local and municipal) to deprive someone of their life, liberty or property due to allegations that the individual has committed an offense that is in violation of either federal, state, or local criminal codes. Criminal law is serious - the government has enormous power, and wields that power through the prosecutor, who is a specific type of attorney tasked with enforcing federal, state and local laws. The prosecutor has broad discretion in deciding when and whether to file charges against an individual.
Because criminal law is so complex, it is important to consult with a lawyer who understand both sides. At Wegge & Casey, P.C., our Jefferson County, Missouri attorneys bring many years of prosecution experience to our criminal defense practice. Founding partner Forrest Wegge was the elected Prosecuting Attorney of Jefferson County, MO, for twelve years. Founding partner David Casey was an assistant prosecuting attorney for five years. And combined, they have over three decades of criminal law experience.
The penalty for criminal offenses in Jefferson County, in Missouri more broadly, and at the federal level varies almost infinitely. The lowest level of offenses are infractions - from a seatbelt ticket with a range of punishment of just a $10 fine, up to first degree murder and the potential for the most serious of sentence carried out in this country - the death penalty. The lawyers in our firm have combined decades of criminal defense experience in everything from small traffic to murder and other forms of homicide. We have the experience and expertise to handle all varieties of criminal matters, from misdemeanor or felony assault, stealing, theft, trespass, rape, sexual assault, child molestation, sodomy, burglary, robbery, possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, paraphernalia, DWI, DUI, driving while intoxicated, and probation violation and revocation hearings. We can also handle license reinstatements as well as limited driving privilege applications (LDP) even following a five or ten year license denial.
A large part of any good criminal defense strategy is a thorough and detailed examination of all of the evidence that the government intends to use against a criminal defendant at trial. This is known as "discovery" and is a basic and fundamental right of every defendant and of every criminal defense. Because our attorneys have worked as prosecutors, we know how the other side works, and we are in a strong position to examine the strengths and weaknesses of every case. There are numerous issues that can come up during the discovery process, such as whether a criminal defendant's constitutional rights were violated during the collection of evidence, and whether the government attorney has sufficient evidence to prove its case "beyond a reasonable doubt," which is the burden that the government must carry in any criminal trial. Our criminal defense lawyers will spot these issues and, when appropriate, file motions to suppress evidence that may have been wrongfully seized.
Working from our office in Hillsboro, Jefferson County, Missouri, the dedicated criminal defense attorneys at Wegge & Casey, P.C. have the experience to help you if you face criminal charges. We have tried dozens of cases over the years, both before a jury and to the bench, and our breadth of experience enables us to craft a wholistic defense, including a thorough review of all the evidence in the case, as well as a careful and detailed evaluation of potential pre-trial motions such as suppression of evidence and due process violations.
In many instances, the defense will include negotiations with the prosecuting attorney to secure the best possible outcome given the facts of the particular case.
Our criminal lawyers are accepting new clients facing criminal charges in Jefferson County and across eastern Missouri, including:
Jefferson County, MO
St. Louis County, MO
St. Charles County, MO
St. Francis County, MO
St. Genevieve County, MO
Madison County, MO
St. Clair County, MO
Franklin County, MO
Crystal City, MO
Byrnes Mill, MO
Our firm's criminal defense lawyers and former prosecutors offer free consultations. Call us now to schedule an appointment.