Criminal Defense Lawyers for the St Louis, MO, Area

St. Louis Criminal Defense Lawyer

The lawyer you select to represent you can make a major difference in the outcome of your case. At The Wright Firm, LLC, we represent people from all walks of life against all types of criminal charges in courts across Missouri.A substantial portion of our firm’s work involves defending people against life-changing criminal accusations.
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St. Louis White Collar Crimes Lawyers

St. Louis, Missouri Lawyers Defending Clients Facing White Collar Crime Charges

The federal government takes white collar crimes very seriously. Armed with nearly unlimited resources, federal investigators conduct lengthy and thorough investigations designed to uncover as much alleged criminal activity as possible. Federal prosecutors, using this vast body of evidence, then prepare strong and wholly compelling cases. When facing the strength of the federal government, it is important to know that you can fight back. At The Wright Firm, LLC, in St. Louis, Missouri, we provide an aggressive criminal defense to businessmen, executives and other professionals accused of committing a white collar crime. Our team has the knowledge and skill needed to protect your future. If you are currently under investigation or have already been formally charged with a white collar crime, securing the assistance of an experienced criminal law attorney is of the utmost importance. Your rights, your freedom and your professional reputation are at stake. If you have been charged with a white collar crime or have discovered you are a person of interest in a federal investigation, do not wait to speak with a criminal defense lawyer. Contact us at 314-899-2599.

Federal Crimes

St. Louis Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers

Skilled Federal Crimes Defense in Missouri and Illinois

There are many differences between the state and federal criminal justice systems that have important consequences for the persons exposed to punishment and the attorneys who defend them. Not the least of these differences is the federal government’s ability to commit and coordinate highly specialized investigative resources across both state and bureaucratic lines. Another important difference is the federal system’s preference for prosecution by indictment. In other words, a grand jury makes the decision whether or not to charge a person with a particular crime, based on weeks or months of testimony and evidence presented by federal prosecutors. If you have been charged with a federal criminal violation, or if you have become aware that you are a person of interest to federal investigators interested in drug trafficking, illegal weapons possession, white collar crimes such as mortgage fraud or money laundering, or Internet sex crimes, contact an experienced federal defense attorney at The Wright Firm, LLC, in St. Louis. We represent clients who will usually need all the help they can get against the virtually unlimited resources of the U.S. government in both Missouri and Illinois.

Embezzlement

St. Louis Embezzlement Attorneys

State and federal prosecutors do not take embezzlement charges lightly. If you have been charged with stealing money from your employer, you need help, fast. An experienced attorney can help you to reduce and even eliminate the charges against you. Do not risk facing jail, prison, large fines and other consequences. Consult with one of our proven embezzlement defense lawyers at The Wright Firm, LLC. Contact our criminal defense law firm to learn more about your charges and to begin building a solid defense. We can seek to help put an end to investigations that the prosecutors are conducting against you.

Fraud Defense

St. Louis Fraud Defense Attorneys

At The Wright Firm, LLC, our team offers extensive experience to people facing all types of fraud accusations. Our well-respected law firm knows how the other side will build its case against you, giving us a unique advantage when it comes to preparing your case for trial and obtaining favorable outcomes in negotiations. If you have been charged with any type of fraud crime, it is critical that you consult with an experienced attorney immediately. The prosecution will not hesitate to begin its investigation against you. Contact our Missouri law office online to discover what we can do to protect your rights.

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St. Louis Violent Crimes Lawyers

Defense of Violent Crime Charges in Missouri

If you have been arrested or implicated in a serious violent crime of any kind, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer at The Wright Firm, LLC in St. Louis. Our team can help you face and overcome your problem on the most favorable terms possible under the facts. We represent people at all stages of a criminal prosecution, from arrest through sentencing and appeal, who have been accused of such violent crimes as the following:

  • Murder, manslaughter, vehicular homicide, or other homicide charges
  • Felony and misdemeanor assault charges ranging from simple assault to assault with a deadly weapon or attempted murder
  • Federal or state weapons offenses such as felon in possession of a firearm or unlawful possession of a concealed weapon
  • Armed robbery, bank robbery, or carjacking
  • Violent sexual assault
  • “Armed criminal action” (ACA) charges, carrying 3-year minimum sentences, and often charged in connection with drug offenses or property crimes

Our objectives in the defense of any charge of violent crime are to minimize your exposure to punishment through the elimination or reduction of the most serious criminal counts filed against you, while investigating the facts to prepare an effective defense to the remaining charges. In cases where a negotiated guilty plea to a lesser offense best serves your interests, we continue to protect you through the sentencing phase of your case. The Missouri sentencing guidelines are only advisory, which means that the sentencing judge has a great deal of discretion in determining whether you’ll be sent to prison and for how long. Our experienced and thorough work on your behalf in preparation for the sentencing hearing will help ensure that every factor that favors light punishment is brought to the judge’s attention and considered. Sometimes a trial on the merits is the best way to resolve violent crime charges. We’ll advise you about the risks and opportunities involved in every decision along the way, and use our trial experience to your best possible advantage. To learn more about our ability to represent your interests effectively in defense of even the most serious violent crime charges, contact an experienced criminal trial lawyer at the Wright Firm in St. Louis.

Domestic Violence

Kansas City Orders of Protection Attorneys

Persons accused of any of several forms of domestic violence can find themselves caught up with a bewildering variety of problems under Missouri law. If you need advice about an ex parte order of protection, representation at the hearing on a full order of protection, or help with resolving criminal charges related to violations of a restraining order, contact an experienced domestic relations attorney at The Wright Firm, LLC, in St. Louis. A person involved in a family or intimate relationship with someone else can obtain an ex parte order of protection without prior notice on a complaint of spousal abuse, family violence, stalking, or even threats. Within fifteen days of the original petition for protection, the court will generally hold a hearing on the domestic violence complaint, with the person accused of abusive conduct given an opportunity to tell his or her side of the story. The court then decides whether to issue a full order of protection for a period of 6 months to one year. The Wright Firm can help you keep a bad situation from turning worse in any domestic violence case. If you have been served with an ex parte order of protection with a hearing date approaching, we can help you prepare your defense to the charges of abuse and work toward vacating the order. We can also advise you about the best ways to avoid violations, either intentional or accidental, of the terms of the original order. We can also defend you on criminal charges of violating the terms of a restraining order. Although it can be highly unfair to do so, spouses or unmarried domestic partners sometimes use the family violence protective order system to gain a tactical advantage in a dispute over child custody, spousal support, or other issues most often resolved in family court. A judge deciding whether to issue a full order of protection has the authority as well to order such arrangements as the following:

  • Requiring the abusive party (“respondent”) to move out of the family home
  • Ordering the respondent to pay child support, spousal support and/or attorney fees
  • Ordering that the complaining party (“petitioner”) receive primary child custody of any children the two parties have in common
  • Ordering a visitation schedule for the respondent and his or her children
  • Prohibiting the respondent from entering the home of the petitioner, even if both parties live there
  • Requiring the respondent to give the petitioner car keys, checkbooks, and other essentials of daily living that both use

In some cases, a domestic violence petitioner will file for divorce while a full order of protection is in effect. The respondent may have a very difficult time protecting his or her interests in any child custody or visitation dispute while a domestic violence order remains in effect. Our attorneys can help you overcome any of the civil or criminal legal problems that can result from a domestic violence complaint. For additional information, contact an experienced lawyer at The Wright Firm in St. Louis.

 

Assault

St. Louis Assault Defense Lawyer

Of all the violent crimes, assault is probably the most common. Under Missouri law, assault charges can happen under all types of circumstances. Depending on the seriousness of the allegations, assault can be charged as anything from a class A felony to a class A misdemeanor. Whatever type of assault you have been charged with, it is critical to understand exactly what is at stake. A criminal conviction can have lasting consequences for years to come. You need an attorney right away in order to give you the best chance of successfully defending these allegations. Based in St. Louis and defending people across the area, The Wright Firm, LLC, is ready to take decisive action in your case.

 

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St. Louis Sex Crimes Defense Lawyers

State and Federal Sex Crimes Defense in Missouri

Aggressively Protecting Your Rights

At The Wright Firm, LLC, we represent both adults and juveniles who face serious sex offense charges of all kinds. Whether your particular problem involves a federal charge of online solicitation of a minor, or state charges of date rape, we can advise you about the consequences of a criminal conviction, your options for an effective defense at trial, and the possibility of negotiating a plea to a reduced charge. Contact us online or call us at 314-899-2599 to learn more about our experience resolving sex crime charges on favorable terms.

Child Pornography

St. Louis Child Pornography Defense Lawyers

St. Louis Area Lawyers Providing A Strong Defense Against Child Pornography Charges

In recent years, federal law enforcement agencies have been cracking down on Internet users for the possession and/or distribution of child pornography. Unfortunately, many of those facing these charges are often unaware that the images were even on their computers. They may have unwittingly become victims of hidden file sharing programs or the actions of an unknown user. If you have recently discovered that you are under investigation for downloading, possessing or distributing illegal images of minors or are already facing child pornography charges, it is imperative that you retain the services of an experienced criminal defense lawyer. The consequences of a conviction are severe, including a lengthy prison sentence and a lifetime listing on a sex offender registry. At The Wright Firm, LLC, in St. Louis, Missouri, we provide an aggressive criminal defense to individuals facing child pornography charges. Attorney Clinton Wright has the knowledge and skill needed to protect your future. Child pornography charges are incredibly serious, requiring thorough investigation and aggressive defense strategies. Contact The Wright Firm at 314-899-2599 to put our experience on your side.

 

Computer Search and Seizure

St. Louis Computer Search and Seizure Attorneys

Missouri Lawyers Dedicated to Enforcing Computer Search and Seizure Laws

Possession or distribution of child pornography is a very serious criminal charge that carries the possibility of a long prison sentence and the lifelong requirement to register as a sex offender. Anyone facing these or other computer related charges should contact The Wright Firm, LLC, as soon as possible. Attorney Clinton Wright and our team represent defendants who have been charged with possession/distribution of child pornography or other sex offenses in both state and federal court. Call today at 314-899-2599 to schedule an appointment. State and federal authorities rarely give any warning to their suspects while gathering evidence for a child pornography investigation. The first time a suspect learns of the investigation is usually when a team of investigators is knocking at their front door. If no one answers, the battering ram comes out. When the suspect returns home, all computer equipment in the home is gone.

 

Internet Sex Crimes

Aggressively Protecting Your Rights

If you have been charged with an Internet sex crime, you may be facing harsh penalties. The Wright Firm, LLC can provide you with the solid defense you need if you have been accused of an online sex crime. To meet with experienced criminal defense lawyer Clinton Wright, call us toll free at 314-899-2599, or contact us online.

 

Internet Solicitation

St. Louis Internet Solicitation Lawyers

Missouri Lawyers Defending Clients Against Accusations of the Internet Solicitation of a Minor

Federal authorities have recently encouraged local law enforcement agencies to set up on-line “sting operations” in an attempt to catch those engaged in the Internet solicitation of a minor. In the typical scenario, police officers will pose as minors in an attempt to lure presumed predators into traps. Whether guilty or not, the resulting criminal charges are incredibly serious and could permanently tarnish a person’s reputation. At The Wright Firm, LLC, in St. Louis, Missouri, we provide an aggressive criminal defense to individuals facing charges for the Internet solicitation of a minor. Criminal defense lawyer Clinton Wright has the knowledge and skill needed to protect your future. If you have been charged with the Internet solicitation of a minor, it is extremely important to speak with a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Your rights and your future may be at stake. Contact us at 314-899-2599 toll-free.

 

Sexual Assault and Battery

St. Louis Sexual Assault Attorneys

Being charged with any type of sex crime is a very serious matter. The consequences of a conviction can dramatically affect the rest of your life. At The Wright Firm, LLC, attorney Clinton Wright and our team have the abilities and knowledge required to properly defend your rights in the courtroom against all sexual assault and battery charges. To learn more about our ability to represent your interests effectively in state or federal court, contact our Missouri law firm online. A seasoned sex crime defense lawyer will be available to answer your questions.

 

Prostitution

St. Louis Prostitution Defense Lawyers

Defending People Accused of Prostitution

Police are actively conducting prostitution stings, particularly in relation to advertisements posted on Craigslist and other places on the Internet. If you have gotten caught up in one of these stings, it is important to understand that you have rights. You can fight the charges. You can benefit from the more than 20 years of experience offered by The Wright Firm, LLC. To discuss your case with our Missouri prostitution defense lawyers, call us toll free at 314-899-2599 or contact us online.

 

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St. Louis Drug Crime Defense Lawyers

Drug Possession ● Distribution ● Trafficking

The Wright Law Firm represents people of all ages charged with drug offenses in municipal, state, and federal courts. Our experience and understanding of both the legal and strategic dimensions that drug cases present can help you achieve a positive outcome in county drug court, the district courts of Missouri, or circuit courts of Missouri and Illinois. Contact us to learn more about our ability to protect your interests and expand your options. Call us toll free at 314-899-2599.

Possession of Marijuana and Paraphernalia

St. Louis Marijuana Possession Lawyers

Providing Strong Defense Against Serious Drug Charges

Are you an adult or a minor who has been charged with possession of marijuana or drug paraphernalia, such as a pipe? Are you the parent of a juvenile who has been charged with this crime? These charges come with serious consequences for both adults and juveniles. With more than 20 years of experience on our side, The Wright Firm, LLC, can fight these charges and protect you from the serious consequences you could face. To discuss your case with a Missouri marijuana possession lawyer, call us toll free at 314-899-2599 or fill out our online contact form.

 

Prescription Drug Fraud

St. Louis Prescription Drug Fraud Lawyer

St. Louis Prescription Drug Fraud Attorney

Across Missouri and the United States, greater numbers of people are abusing drugs such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin. In response, law enforcement agents are devoting more resources to investigating and apprehending people accused of illegally selling or obtaining prescription drugs. Many times, people accused of prescription fraud charges are people who became addicted to powerful painkillers after surgery or a medical procedure. Under Missouri law, trying to obtain prescription drugs through fraudulent means is a felony. Simply put, the outcome of such a charge could impact every area of your life. If you or a loved one has been charged with a prescription drug crime, it is absolutely vital to have a skilled attorney defending you against these charges. For 20 years, Clinton Wright of The Wright Firm, LLC, has provided strategic, detail-oriented representation to people facing all types of drug charges, including prescription drug charges. Our law firm will devote its extensive experience and resources to protecting your rights.

 

Heroin Possession

St. Louis Heroin Possession Lawyer

Heroin is a powerfully addictive drug that wreaks havoc on individuals and families across the nation. In Missouri, the legal penalties associated with drug possession are very serious. Possession of heroin is a class C felony. If you or someone you love has been charged with this crime, you need established, experienced legal counsel immediately. The Wright Firm, LLC, can provide the help you need during this hard time. Our law firm is built upon two pillars. First, in every case, we thoroughly examine the evidence in order to find the best available outcome. In drug cases, one common issue is whether the police lawfully searched you, your home or your vehicle. If the police overstepped their bounds, we will argue that any illegally gathered evidence should be suppressed, and your case dismissed. Secondly, our law firm will provide practical, candid guidance at every step of the proceedings. We will not make promises about how your case will proceed. Rather, St. Louis heroin possession lawyer Clinton Wright will give you realistic advice based on more than 20 years of legal experience.

“Drug charges can often involve many different scientific, technical issues. I was a biochemistry major at the University of Missouri. I am surprised how often my science background pays dividends for clients facing drug charges and other serious criminal allegations.” — Clinton Wright

If the evidence against you looks strong, our attorney will look at alternative sentencing arrangements. For many defendants, Drug Court is a way to gain needed treatment for addiction. If you are able to successfully complete the Drug Court requirements, your underlying criminal charge could be dismissed.

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Call 314-899-2599 to schedule your free phone consultation. You can also fill out our online contact form.

 

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St. Louis DWI Defense Lawyers

Drunk Driving Defense – Minor in Possession – Felony DWI/DUI

Conviction on any Missouri drunk driving charge can cause significant problems that can continue far beyond the fines, license suspension and possible jail terms involved with the immediate offense. The effect on your future auto insurance premiums, professional licensing considerations, and exposure to more serious punishment on a future conviction should also factor into your decision of whether to plead guilty or fight the charge. You must act quickly, because the legal consequences of drunk driving charges start as quickly as 15 days after the traffic stop. To learn more about our experience with the effective resolution of DWI/DUI charges in the St. Louis area and throughout the state, contact The Wright Firm, LLC.

Drivers License Consequences for DWI/DUI

 

St. Louis License Suspension Attorneys

When a person is cited for DWI, there are both criminal and civil cases charged. The criminal case is prosecuted in one court and may have consequences that include probation and even jail time. The civil case is prosecuted in an entirely different court and has consequences affecting your driving privileges. Please contact attorney Clinton Wright of The Wright Firm, LLC, immediately so that we may discuss all legal rights and consequences of the DWI. Call 314-899-2599 right now.

 

Felony DWI/DUI

 

St. Louis Felony DWI Attorneys

The State of Missouri has enacted tough laws against those people who have been cited for DWI and they either have a previous history of alcohol-related traffic offenses or the citation comes as a result of an alcohol-related traffic accident. The State of Missouri classifies those individuals that have had a previous alcohol-related traffic citation as either a prior, persistent, aggravated or chronic offender. The laws and consequences for these individuals are complicated and may result in felony charges. Felony charges can result in the loss of freedom and can even garner time in prison. You need an attorney with expert level knowledge and skill of the criminal defense system. The Wright Firm, LLC, will provide you with an attorney that has vast experience in dealing with serious felony charges.

 

Administrative Hearing

 

St. Louis County Administrative Hearing Lawyer

Of all the potential penalties that stem from a DWI/DUI charge, the possible loss of your driving privileges may be the most serious penalty. Most of us depend on our ability to drive. When the state takes this privilege away, it will create all sorts of problems. In Missouri, the Department of Revenue oversees the license suspension or revocation process. If you agreed to submit to a breath test and your blood alcohol level was .08 or greater (.02 or greater if you are under 21 years of age), you face serious consequences. The Department of Revenue will automatically suspend or revoke your driver’s license,unless you request a license suspension hearing. In addition, you only have 15 daysfrom the date of your notice to request a hearing. If you refused to take a breath test, your license will be automatically revoked for one year. You do have the right to request a hearing within 30 days from the date of your notice. In either case, it is absolutely critical to get an attorney on your side to challenge your suspension or revocation. Clinton Wright of The Wright Firm, LLC, has defended people in St. Louis and across Missouri against both the criminal and administrative parts of a drunk driving charge.

 

Refusal to Take the Breath Test

 

St. Louis BAC Test Refusal Lawyer

If the police suspect you are driving while intoxicated (DWI), they will ask you to provide a sample of your breath, blood or urine to test your blood alcohol content (BAC). While you are not required to agree to a chemical test, your refusal can lead to seriousconsequences. Under Missouri’s “implied consent” law, if you refuse to agree to chemical testing, you face the possible revocation of your driving privileges for one year. Deciding whether to submit to a breath test is a very personal decision based on many factors. If you are viewing this information while in the police station, call our law firm at 314-899-2599 immediately. If you ask for an attorney, you have 20 minutes to try to contact an attorney. If you have already refused a breath test, you need an attorney as soon as possible. The Wright Firm, LLC, based in the St. Louis area, provides a tough defense to people across Missouri against all types of drunk driving charges.

 

Minor In Possession Of Alcohol

 

St. Louis Minor in Possession Attorneys

Defending Minors Against Alcohol Charges

If you are a juvenile or young adult who has been accused of underage alcohol possession, or you are the parent of someone who has been accused of this crime, you want to know what the consequences will be. Will there be a permanent impact? There could be. A conviction for underage drinking will remain on your record impacting your future employment prospects, among other things. At The Wright Firm, LLC, attorney Clinton Wright and our team have the experience and knowledge you need. To discuss your case with a Missouri minor in possession attorney, call us toll free at 800-394-1641 or fill out our online contact form.

St. Louis Abuse and Lose Attorneys

In the State of Missouri, anyone under the age of 21 that possesses and/or consumes alcohol may have their driver’s license suspended or revoked. These consequences may be enacted regardless of whether or not they were operating a motor vehicle at the time of the incident. Contact an attorney at The Wright Firm, LLC, immediately so that we may discuss your legal rights. The Missouri Abuse and Lose law may apply to you if you have been cited for any alcohol-related traffic offense, including DWI/DUI, if you possess or use alcohol or drugs while operating a motor vehicle, if you alter, modify or misrepresent a driver’s license, or you are charged with a Minor in Possession of Alcohol. If any of this applies to you, contact The Wright Firm immediately.

 

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St. Louis Property Crime Lawyers

Missouri Attorneys Defending Clients Accused of Various Theft Crimes

Theft charges at either the misdemeanor or felony level are serious. Should you choose to face the criminal justice system without the assistance of a lawyer experienced in defending property crimes, you may be putting your rights, your freedom and your reputation at risk. At The Wright Firm, in St. Louis, Missouri, we provide an aggressive and comprehensive defense to individuals facing theft charges. Conviction on a misdemeanor or felony theft charge will result in a permanent criminal record. Protect your interests. Contact us at 314-899-2599.

Theft, Burglary And Robbery

Theft, Burglary And Robbery

Under Missouri law, theft, also called stealing, is described as taking someone’s property or services by deceit or coercion. Theft can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor depending on the amount alleged to be taken. Burglary is defined as unlawfully entering or remaining in a building or home with the purpose of committing a crime. Burglary can be charged as a class B or class C felony depending on the circumstances. Robbery is defined as stealing something by force. Second-degree robbery is a class B felony. First-degree robbery can also involve using a deadly weapon, threatening to use a deadly weapon or causing injury to someone. First-degree robbery is a class A felony. The fact is, a charge to any of these crimes can create all types of problems. Even seemingly minor charges, such as shoplifting charges, may not involve jail time, but could negatively impact your life in other ways. The simple fact is that you need a lawyer who will work diligently to protect your rights and minimize the possible consequences.

 

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St. Louis Traffic Violations Lawyers

Help for Missouri Traffic Violations or License Suspension

Helping to Defend Your Driver’s License

At The Wright Firm, LLC, we help clients fight traffic tickets, avoid suspension of their licenses, and obtain reinstatement or limited driving privileges if suspension is inevitable. To talk to a traffic violation attorney in our St. Louis law office, call us toll free at 314-899-2599, or contact us online.

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St. Louis Criminal Appeals Lawyers

Handling a criminal case properly takes an enormous amount of time, skill and effort. Weeks, months and sometimes years of work are needed to assure that the defendant’s case is properly investigated and prepared for trial. After all the preparation is complete and if negotiations with the prosecuting attorney have failed to produce an agreement, the case proceeds to trial. Trial is an excruciatingly stressful time for defendants and their families. The fate of the defendant’s life and future hangs in the balance of the jury. The harsh reality of criminal cases is perhaps most evident in the fact that most who go to trial are convicted of the crimes for which they are being tried. The defendant is led away in handcuffs and families are left reeling and wondering where to go from here. After the conviction, all hope is not lost. The defendant can file a motion for a new trial. This motion outlines the legal “mistakes” that the defendant and his or her attorneys feel that the trial court made during the trial. The trial court may grant the defendant a new trial or deny the motion. Most often the court denies the motion. After the denial, the defendant must begin the process of filing the notice of appeal, ordering the transcript of the trial and many other tasks that must be completed timely in order to preserve the appeal. Finally, an appellate brief is drafted and filed with the Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals will then review the trial courts decision. After a conviction in a criminal court, the clock begins to tick. There are very specific time deadlines for filing post-trial motions and appeals. If these deadlines are missed, any chance of the defendant receiving post-conviction relief may be lost. If you have questions about a criminal appeal, please contact Clinton Wright of The Wright Firm, LLC. Call 314-899-2599 or complete our online contact form to get started.

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St. Louis Cyberbullying Lawyers

In October of 2006 a 13 year old girl from St. Charles County named Megan Meier committed suicide after reading a message on her MySpace page. The message, supposedly from an on-line boyfriend, told her that the world would be better off without her. The eyes of the nation fell on Missouri after reports that the message allegedly came from a 48 year old woman. Prosecutors in Missouri looked to the Laws of Missouri for authority to possibly charge perpetrators with a crime, but there was no provision in Missouri law for Prosecutor’s to rely on. Prior to 2008, no one in Missouri could be criminally prosecuted for sending threatening or harassing electronic messages to another person unless those messages were sent over the telephone. Given the increased use of e-mail, instant messaging, and text messaging and the increased popularity of social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace, the Missouri legislature felt it was necessary to update the law to reflect modern means of communication. Megan Meier’s tragic death was the ultimate catalyst and on August 1, 2008, RSMO §565.090 was changed to allow prosecution for harassment through any means of electronic communication. Since the Law was updated there has been a flood of new criminal charges in Missouri’s Courts prosecuting people for “cyberbullying.” Harassment is normally a Class A Misdemeanor that carries a sentence of up to 1 year in jail. The new law provides some extra stiff penalties for those who are over 21 years old and are accused of harassing someone under the age of 18. In such a case the charge is a Class D Felony that carries a sentence of up to 4 years in the Penitentiary. If this law would have been enacted prior to the allegations against Megan Meier’s alleged harasser(s), the involved person(s) would possibly have faced felony charges in Missouri. Needless to say, Megan Meier’s death had a profound effect on the legislature and has created new boundaries for those who communicate electronically. Those who use foul language and make threatening statements on-line will be subject to prosecution. Although those users may feel as if their comments are anonymous, the police have many ways to identify the purveyors of Cyber-bullying. All those who access the Internet can be identified by their Internet Protocol or IP address. And, through the use of a Subpoena an Internet users’ IP address may be turned over to the police from their Internet service provider. The Internet may seem to be a free-wheeling and unregulated environment but the Missouri Cyber-bullying Statute is one example of government fencing in the on-line world. Harassment charges in Missouri carry the potential for stiff jail sentences and may even carry a term of years in the penitentiary. If you have been charged with Harassment in the State of Missouri, you will need a skilled criminal defense attorney to defend your rights. Prosecuting attorneys will be eager to zealously prosecute those charged with harassment and you need someone willing to fight for you. At The Wright Firm, LLC, we are prepared to take effective, decisive action against these charges. Call 314-899-2599.

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