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Sexual Assault Allegations: Understanding Legal Procedures and Defense Options in St. Louis

Facing sexual assault allegations can be an incredibly challenging and overwhelming experience. The complexity of the legal procedures and the potential consequences can make it difficult to know where to turn for help.    If you find yourself in this situation in St. Louis, it is essential to understand the legal landscape and explore your defense options. With over 65 years of experience, Bruntrager & Billings, P.C. is a trusted law firm that has successfully handled countless sexual assault cases in Missouri.    Our team of dedicated St. Louis criminal defense lawyers is here to provide you with the knowledge and support you need...

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Homicide Charges: Legal Implications and Defense Strategies for Serious Offenses in Missouri

Facing homicide charges in Missouri is a serious and complex legal matter that can have life-altering consequences. If you find yourself in this difficult situation, it is crucial to have a skilled and experienced St. Louis criminal defense lawyer by your side.  At Bruntrager & Billings, P.C., we have been providing dedicated legal representation to clients facing homicide charges for over six decades. Our team of attorneys understands the intricacies of Missouri's homicide laws and is committed to protecting your rights and ensuring the best possible outcome for your case.   Missouri Homicide Laws Under Missouri law, homicide refers to the unlawful taking of...

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Missouri Marijuana Law Updates: 2023 Edition

Missouri Marijuana Law Updates: 2023 Edition

Amendment 3 this past November narrowly passed 53.09 percent to 46.91 percent, but in the end, Missouri voted to legalize recreational marijuana use. Missouri joined Maryland to become the 20th and 21st states in the country to allow adults to use marijuana for nonmedical purposes.   The amendment will go into effect on December 8, which is when the agency that manages the program, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), will transition medical license holders already operating to simple recreational licenses. DHSS has already published the first draft of program rules for adult use of cannabis for those ages...

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What Are Your Rights After an Arrest?

What Are Your Rights After an Arrest?

If you have been arrested by a police officer, it can be an extremely overwhelming experience. In addition, you may be completely uncertain about what your legal rights are in this situation. If you have been arrested, it is important to ensure that a St. Louis criminal defense attorney is by your side. Call us today to schedule a free case evaluation.   The Basics of a Legal Arrest An arrest occurs when you are being held under police custody without the freedom to move or leave. Specifically, the police take charge and control over your movements. An arrest typically continues to the point...

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3 Tips for Choosing the Right Criminal Defense Attorney

3 Tips for Choosing the Right Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with a crime, it is your constitutional right as a criminal defendant to choose your own attorney. It is important to take the time to find the right St. Louis criminal defense attorney that meets your legal needs, as the assistance of a lawyer can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case.   Below are three tips to consider when seeking a criminal defense attorney:   1. Find an Attorney Focused on Criminal Law The attorney you select should have a strong understanding of how the law affects your case. Specifically, if you are being charged for...

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Should You Plead Guilty to Avoid a Trial?

Should You Plead Guilty to Avoid a Trial?

If you are facing criminal charges and a jail sentence, then you are likely concerned about your legal options and whether you can lower your sentence.  A plea is a criminal defendant’s formal response to the court to the charge they are accused of committing. By entering a plea of guilty, you are telling the court they do not contest a criminal charge. On the other hand, by answering not guilty, you completely deny guilt for the crime, and you agree to a trial.  The plea bargaining process often allows criminal defendants to reduce their sentences and avoid going to trial by...

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The Crucial Role of Criminal Defense Attorneys

The Crucial Role of Criminal Defense Attorneys

Criminal defense attorneys play a crucial role in U.S. criminal justice system by ensuring their clients facing criminal charges have their legal rights protected. In fact, criminal defense attorneys owe a legal duty to their clients to advocate on their behalf in an effective and zealous manner. The American Bar Association provides that this ethical duty extends in all cases where a criminal prosecution may reasonably result. For example, this duty applies if a person is under investigation or being prosecuted for an alleged criminal act or simply needing legal advice regarding a potential, current or previous criminal matter or...

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What Will the Courts Look Like As We Begin to Reopen?

What Will the Courts Look Like As We Begin to Reopen?

St. Louis City and St. Louis County have both announced plans to ease restrictions on their stay at home order beginning on May 18. Some non-essential businesses will begin to reopen, while others are choosing to remain closed. But what about the courts?   What Has the Court Ordered? On May 4, the Court ordered a new Operational Directive for “Easing Covid-19 Restrictions on In-Person Proceedings,” which supersedes their order from April 17. Currently, all courts will remain mostly closed to the public except for essential matters. However, on May 16, the Courts will begin opening in phases, beginning at Operating Phase Zero. Phase...

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