St. Louis Criminal Defense Lawyer
Are you or someone you love facing criminal charges in St. Louis or the surrounding areas? If so, you are probably very concerned about whether or not you will have to go to jail or prison, what types of fines you will have to pay, if you will lose your job, and of course, how such a conviction will impact your family and your future. A criminal conviction has many long-lasting negative consequences, it can cost you thousands in fines, it can send you to jail or prison, and it can tear apart your family and ruin your career. For these reasons, we are dedicated to doing everything we can to minimize if not eliminate the consequences that you currently face.
As your greatest advocate, we are fully committed to upholding your rights under the law, protecting your best interests and searching tirelessly for any flaws or holes in the investigation that may suppress evidence or get your charges dropped. We encourage you to become familiar with this website and our areas of practice. These pages are intended to help educate you on the criminal process and provide you with information regarding typical sentencing and penalties. Since time is extremely valuable, especially for gathering evidence and eyewitness testimony, we strongly urge you to contact our firm as soon as possible to schedule a confidential consultation with attorney Brent Sumner.
Areas of Practice - The Sumner Law Group
Child pornography is classified as either a Class A, B, or C felony in Missouri depending upon the offense. Not only would a conviction involve imprisonment, it would require mandatory sex offender registration.
In Missouri, drug trafficking comes in two "degrees." A first degree offense is a class A felony, while a second degree offense is a class B felony. The list of drugs includes heroin, cocaine, LSD, PCP, marijuana, meth, and opium.
Missouri has very strict laws regarding the possession of controlled substances. Medical marijuana is not legal in Missouri, and possession more than 35 grams of any illegal drug is a class C felony, punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and up to seven years in prison.
Driving while intoxicated (or under the influence) is a class B misdemeanor on a first offense, resulting in a 90 day license suspension, as well as up to six months in jail, up to $500 in fines, and 1-2 years of probation. Consequent offenses compound the penalties.
Federal Criminal Defense
Crimes can be committed against the state, or they can be committed against the U.S. Government. Federal crimes are far more serious than state crimes. They are investigated by departments such as the FBI and the IRS, and they are tried in a separate court.
Gun & Firearms Possession
Gun and firearms possession is regulated under state and federal laws. In the state of Missouri, it is illegal to possess a firearm if you are a convicted felon or a fugitive from justice. While someone over the age of 18 can openly carry a firearm subject to local and state ordinances, in order to carry a concealed handgun a permit is required.
When a minor is charged with a crime, they are usually detained in a separate facility than adults and are tried in a juvenile court. However, in extreme circumstances, juveniles have been known to be tried and convicted as adults.
Some sex crimes can be convicted as misdemeanors, but most are felonies. They can also be violent crimes. Types of sex crimes include sexual assault, sexual abuse, statutory rape, child molestation, and trafficking. Penalties can include at least a decade in prison and a fine as high as $50,000.
There are many kinds of theft crimes, including burglary, robbery, aggravated robbery, vehicle theft and identity theft. Violent cases involving threats or injury can incur lengthy prison sentences and high fines.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), there are five categories of violent crimes: aggravated assault, simple assault, robbery, rape, and murder. First-degree murder is also punishable by death in the state of Missouri.
White Collar Crimes
When a person of high social standing (banker, lawyer, etc.) commits a crime in their line of business, it is considered a white collar crime. In most cases, these crimes are intended to benefit the offender financially. Examples include embezzlement, fraud, and forgery.
Along with criminal defense, the Sumner Law Group also provides excellent legal representation for innocent victims of personal injury. Fighting the big insurance companies for adequate compensation is nearly impossible without an aggressive and experienced lawyer on your side. Consult with our firm immediately if you need a skilled and determined advocate to fight for your rights against the insurance companies.
Contact The Sumner Law Group Today!
Your future and your freedom is essential to your life, liberty and happiness. Regardless of the nature of your charges you need a skilled and knowledgeable attorney who is not afraid to take the time and energy to carefully evaluate every single aspect of your case. We are committed to unearthing any and all evidence that will reduce, if not drop your charges, and you deserve nothing less. To speak directly with a St. Louis criminal defense attorney from our firm about your case, please contact us immediately.