Representing Criminal Defendants throughout the St. Louis Area
Being accused of a crime is a serious matter. Sometimes, criminal allegations arise from a misunderstanding or a case of mistaken identity – or perhaps you just made a mistake. Regardless of the circumstances, if you have been arrested or are under investigation by the police, you should speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer will ensure that you are treated fairly by both law enforcement and the courts and that your case is resolved as well as it possibly can.
What to Do if You are Arrested in St. Louis
If you are unfamiliar with the criminal justice system, as most people are, you run the very real risk of damaging any defenses you may be able to raise in the minutes and hours after you have been arrested. Here are some of the things you can do to protect your rights after an arrest in St. Louis city or country:
- Stay calm and comply with the police officer’s instructions during the arrest and while in custody.
- Do not discuss the events that landed you in jail over the phone.
- Do not speak to anyone about the incident that resulted in your arrest, and ask for an attorney.
- Consider retaining a lawyer prior to posting bail, as posting bail can disqualify you from getting a public defender. A criminal defense lawyer, however, can often have your bail eliminated or reduced.
Remember, there is no way to “talk your way out of” an arrest or a criminal case. Whenever the police talk to you, they are trying to gather evidence in support of their assertion that you have committed a crime.
Representing Individuals Accused of a Wide Variety of Offenses
At the Byrnes Law Firm, we are qualified to represent individuals accused of a variety of crimes. Examples of the kinds of cases we regularly handle around the St. Louis area include the following:
- Drug Possession
- Marijuana Offenses
- Distribution of a Controlled Substance
- Stealing and Theft
- Weapons Offenses
- Probation Violations
- Juvenile Crimes
- Warrant Recalls
- Bond Reduction Hearings
This list in not exhaustive. If you have been accused of an offense or have a legal matter that you do not see on this list, call us today to discuss your situation.
Call the Byrnes Law Firm Today for a Free Consultation with a St. Louis Criminal Defense Lawyer.
If you have been accused of a crime, you should talk to an attorney as soon as you can. We offer solution-oriented, judgment-free, and effective legal representation and advice. To schedule a free case evaluation with a St. Louis criminal defense attorney, call our office today at 314-312-0404.