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St. Louis Criminal Defense Attorney

Rose Legal Services, a St. Louis criminal defense attorney, represents clients throughout the St. Louis area in DWI and criminal defense matters. With more than 20 years of experience and a practice solely focused on criminal defense representation in the St. Louis area, Rose Legal Services has established a reputation for rigorous and effective defense and a thorough understanding of St. Louis area criminal justice proceedings, including courts, judges and laws. Rose Legal Services is dedicated to providing our clients with the best criminal defense possible for each and every case, with a team that works diligently on efficacious representation at fair and reasonable rates.

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What to Expect

Rose Legal Services is a dedicated St. Louis criminal defense attorney. For first time offenders, the criminal defense process can be daunting and confusing. With years of dedication and practice exclusivity in specific criminal defense areas, our team is capable of assisting every client, and especially first-time offenders, with the defense they deserve. We begin with a free consultation, in person at our offices or a local jail. We investigate each case thoroughly in order to provide the most holistic and effectual defense possible. And our fees are fair and reasonable, with a flat fee for almost every kind of criminal case we represent. Each client is provided with Mr. Rose’s personal cell phone information, ensuring they can call him with any questions or guidance they need at any time throughout their case.

At Rose Legal Services, regardless of whether you’re a first-time offender, we are dedicated to fighting to protect your rights, and our ultimate goal is to help obtain the best solution for each and every client. Our team will keep you informed with every step of the process. We work for you, and we strive to be at your disposal at any point that you require.

With the complexity of Missouri criminal and DWI laws, it’s especially important to choose a St. Louis criminal defense attorney with a thorough understanding of these laws and the local court systems. That kind of knowledge, understanding and experience is exactly what you’ll get with Rose Legal Services. We believe that your case is too important to leave to a generalist. Hire an experienced, dedicated criminal defense and DWI attorney today.

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Free Consultation

When criminal charges are brought against you, it’s important to start work on your defense right away. By offering a free consultation, we ensure you can get started immediately without having to worry about the costly process of trying to select and hire an attorney. We’ll meet you in person at our office or at a local jail to discuss your case in-depth before we begin our work assembling your defense.

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Thorough Investigation

Our defense begins with an exhaustive investigation of the charges filed against you. We will obtain all police reports, as well as the prosecutor’s entire file, review all relevant documents and physical evidence, and interview or take depositions of police officers and other witnesses, as appropriate. We want to provide you with a concrete, well-founded defense that gives you the best opportunity to defeat these charges.

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Recent Successes

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Flat Rate Pricing

We believe in making a valuable criminal defense accessible to anyone who needs it. Because of this, we do almost all of our cases on a “flat fee” basis. We believe in being transparent about our work throughout the entire process of defending your case, and that includes the cost. Any relevant legal fees will be discussed at your initial consultation, leaving no room for surprise fees or costs while your case is being processed.

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Effective Advocacy

At Rose Legal Services, as soon as you become our client, we’re dedicated to defending and supporting you at every turn. Mr. Rose will be at your side at every court appearance and hearing, and his personal contact information is available to you should you need anything or have any questions at any time. If you choose to proceed with a trial, he will aggressively litigate your case to a judge or jury, providing you with the devoted advocacy we believe each and every client deserves.

If you’ve been arrested or are facing criminal charges, you need a St. Louis criminal defense attorney to represent you. As a defendant in a criminal case, you have legal rights that need to be upheld.

Facing Criminal Charges in St. Louis?

Many people put off consulting a Missouri criminal defense lawyer. They are either in disbelief about the situation or completely overwhelmed. And some people may think that their charges are minor and that an attorney is only needed for “serious” cases such as felonies. Nothing could be further from the truth. All types of criminal charges will benefit from legal representation.

What To Do After Being Arrested for a Crime

If you have been arrested for a crime, regardless of the severity of that crime, there are several things you need to keep in mind. First, do not resist arrest or try to argue with officers about your case. Resisting arrest can result in additional charges, and in arguing, you could unwittingly provide them with additional information that they can use against you.

You have the right to remain silent. It is important to invoke your Fifth Amendment rights and then ask to contact an attorney right away. The sooner you hire an attorney, the sooner your legal team can build a strong defense. If you invoke your Miranda rights, you are not obligated to answer questions regarding your case without a lawyer present.

Stay off of social media and avoid talking to people (even friends and family) about your case. Even if you think it’s your chance to clear your name, social media posts, photos, and videos could be used against you in court, and friends or even family could be called as witnesses against you.

Common Criminal Charges And Their Penalties

Our firm defends all types of criminal charges for clients in the St. Louis area and throughout Missouri. Some of the most common charges we see are:


Assault charges occur when an individual physically harms or attempts to physically harm another. These actions are done knowingly or are the result of reckless behavior. Most assault crimes are covered under §§ 565.050, 565.052, 565.054, and 565.056, RSMo.

Domestic Violence

According to § 455.010, domestic violence occurs when certain crimes are “committed by a family or household member.” The law has a broad definition of “family or household member” that includes:

  • Current or former spouses
  • Anyone related by blood or marriage
  • Any parties that live together or have lived together
  • Anyone in a current or previous dating relationship
  • Two parties that have a child in common

Domestic violence includes not just physical assaults, but also confining a person against their will, stalking, and abusing a family member’s or household member’s pet.

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)

Anyone who is arrested in Missouri with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher will face consequences under both administrative law and criminal law. A person who is arrested for driving while intoxicated may face:

  • A criminal conviction
  • Points added to their driver’s license
  • License suspension or revocation
  • Loss of certain kinds of professional licensure
  • Loss of a Commercial Drivers License (CDL)
  • Monetary fines
  • Jail time

Some drivers are held to a lower legal BAC limit, including minors and CDL holders.

Drug Charges

In Missouri, it is against the law to manufacture, possess, and sell controlled substances. Under § 579.060, it is also illegal to sell, purchase, or distribute certain methamphetamine precursor drugs. These precursor drugs include ephedrine, phenylpropanolamine, and pseudoephedrine.

Cannabis is an area of rapidly changing law. While many states now allow for recreational use, Missouri still does not. It is illegal for individuals to possess or sell recreational marijuana within the state. Patients with a prescription may purchase medical marijuana at licensed dispensaries.


Missouri law refers to theft as “stealing.” These crimes involve taking property or services that belong to someone else without their consent. However, pursuant to § 570.030, stealing can also be taking an item by deceit or using coercion.

Weapons Charges

There are numerous Missouri statutes that cover weapons charges. Some of these crimes include:

  • Owning, manufacturing, transporting, repairing, or selling an illegal weapon (§ 571.020)
  • Carrying a firearm into an area where firearms are restricted (§ 571.030), which is known as Unlawful Use of Weapons (UUW) – Illegal Concealed Carry
  • Exhibiting a weapon readily capable of lethal use in an angry or threatening manner (§ 571.030(4)), which is also known as “Brandishing” and Unlawful Use of Weapons (UUW) – Exhibiting
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance and a Firearm (§ 571.030(11)), which is known as Unlawful Use of Weapons (UUW) – Firearm and Controlled Substance
  • Knowingly selling or otherwise giving a firearm to someone who cannot lawfully be in possession of a firearm (§ 571.060)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (§ 571.070), which is also known as Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Possible Penalties For Felonies in St. Louis

Anyone who is convicted of a crime may face monetary fines, prison time, and probation. The sentence depends on:

  • The defendant’s prior criminal record
  • If the defendant is deemed a “dangerous offender.”
  • The severity of the crime: if it is a misdemeanor or a felony


There are four classes of misdemeanors in Missouri: A, B, C, and D.

Class A misdemeanors are the most serious. A conviction can mean a fine of up to $2,000 and possible jail time of up to one year.


There are five classes of felonies, A through E. The most serious, class A, have a prison sentence between 10 and 30 years. Certain class A crimes have life imprisonment.

How Can a St. Louis Criminal Defense Attorney Help Me?

A criminal defense attorney knows how to advocate for the best possible outcome for your case. Every situation is unique, but that may mean reduced charges, shorter jail time, lower fines, and possibly an acquittal. Even misdemeanor charges are a matter of public record and can affect your future.

An attorney also ensures that your constitutional rights are not violated throughout your case proceedings. They are in your corner, and only have your best interests in mind. Don’t make the mistake of trying to represent yourself.

Find The Best St. Louis Criminal Defense Attorney For You

Look for an attorney that takes your future as seriously as YOU DO. Experienced in a range of criminal defense cases, including stealing, property damage, and assault — Rose Legal Services will work hard to get rid of your criminal record. Let’s start your case off with a free consultation, take the time to thoroughly review and inspect your case, and prepare a solid representation.

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If you’ve been wrongfully accused or made a mistake… Take action today. Rose Legal Services exclusively defends clients against criminal charges throughout Missouri. With more than 20 years of experience, rest assured we will work tirelessly & aggressively to defend you in the court of law.

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Hire a St. Louis Criminal Defense Attorney as soon as possible to help secure your future. If you’ve made a mistake, we can help get you off the hook as fast as possible — Start planning your defense today with a free consultation.

The State accused me of 3 felonies that someone else committed. I hired Scott, and he got the charges dismissed!

Scott, have helped me throughout this whole process mentally. You are really amazing – I thank you so much for helping me!

Mr. Rose really helped me out with a difficult situation. He was great to work with and worked hard to get me a good outcome. I would definitely recommend him to others.


Rose Legal Services serves St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, Franklin County, St. Louis City, U.S. District Court and municipal courts throughout the metropolitan area.

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