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Criminal Defense

     If you have been accused of committing a criminal offense, our team of dedicated criminal lawyers 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 helps to understand both sides.  At Wegge & Casey, P.C., our attorneys bring many years of prosecution experience to our criminal defense practice.  Founding partner Forrest Wegge was the elected Prosecuting Attorney of Jefferson County for twelve years.   Founding partner David Casey was an assistant prosecuting attorney for five years. And combined, they have over three decades of criminal 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.  

     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 we have attorneys who have worked as prosecutors, 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.

     Working from our office in Hillsboro, Jefferson County, Missouri, Wegge & Casey, P.C. has 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 attorneys 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

  • Washington County, MO

  • St. Clair County, MO

  • Franklin County, MO

  • Fenton, MO

  • Crystal City, MO

  • Desoto, MO

  • Festus, MO

  • Arnold, MO

  • Hillsboro, MO

  • Pevely, MO

  • Byrnes Mill, MO

     Our firm's criminal defense lawyers and former prosecutors offer free consultations.  Call us now to schedule an appointment.