St. Joseph Missouri Criminal Defense Attorneys


Protecting your rights and your freedom for more than 60 years combined

Drunk driving. Aggravated assault. Drug possession. Domestic violence. Being charged with any of these offenses can have long term consequences for you and your family. Missouri imposes harsh penalties for criminal offenses, including the death penalty. The skilled St. Joseph, Missouri criminal defense attorneys at Richie, Soper & Schutt, LLC, defend those accused of crimes, advocating on your behalf and protecting your rights under the law.

Missouri criminal laws

Missouri’s criminal laws address offenses ranging from the less serious petty theft to violent crimes such as assault and battery. When facing a criminal charge, it is critical that you understand the law and the punishment for breaking the law, as well as your constitutional rights. Crimes are classified based on the seriousness of the crime, and the penalties for each offense are based on the crime’s classification. Our criminal defense lawyers handle criminal defense for all types of crimes including:

  • Driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs
  • Drug possession, selling, trafficking, and manufacture
  • Assault and battery
  • Domestic violence
  • Homicide
  • Murder
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Sexual assault and rape
  • Child abuse
  • White collar crime

Driving while intoxicated (DWI)

In the state of Missouri, drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% face a charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI), regardless of whether they demonstrate impairment. Missouri also enforces an enhanced penalty for those drivers with a BAC of 0.15% or more. Those under the age of 21 years are charged with DWI for a BAC of 0.02%, as per Missouri’s “zero tolerance” law.

Missouri drug laws

The state of Missouri not only classifies drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, and heroin as controlled dangerous substances (CDS) — it also classifies the compounds used to manufacture the drugs. In 2017, Missouri introduced changes to existing laws regarding marijuana, with less severe penalties for possession of marijuana in small amounts. The state’s marijuana laws are still tougher than most, with harsh punishments for selling, trafficking, or cultivating cannabis.

Capital punishment in Missouri

Capital punishment is a legal penalty in the state of Missouri. One of 31 states with the death penalty, Missouri imposes capital punishment for offenders age 16 years and older who have committed a capital homicide.

Facing a criminal charge? Let our experienced St. Joseph criminal lawyers help

At Richie, Soper & Schutt, LLC, our skilled St. Joseph, Missouri criminal defense lawyers work with Missouri families to successfully build a solid defense to the charges placed against you. Our experienced legal team navigate the complexities of Missouri criminal law, protecting your rights and advocating on your behalf for the best possible outcome in your case. Let us help you get back to living your life. Call us today at 816-387-8200 or contact us online to arrange for a confidential consultation.