Rose Legal Services Blog

At Rose Legal Services, we think it is imperative that we keep our clients and potential clients up to date on the climate of criminal law in St. Louis. Check out our blog, featuring the latest updates on criminal law: 

November 2, 2023

As defense lawyers, one of the most common questions we encounter revolves around domestic assault charges. Domestic Assault cases constitute a significant portion of the cases we handle, and it’s essential to understand that these cases are rarely straightforward. In our jurisdiction, prosecuting attorneys’ offices often maintain a strict “no-drop” policy when it comes to […]

November 1, 2023

A hit-and-run is not something anyone plans for. In those split seconds after an accident, fear, confusion, or uncertainty may lead you to make a decision you never thought you would – leaving the scene of an accident. It’s crucial to acknowledge that it can happen to anyone, even the most responsible drivers. In this […]

The age of consent in Missouri is a topic that can raise more questions than answers. Age-of-consent laws are in place to protect minors from sexual abuse and exploitation and to ensure that individuals engaging in sexual activity do so in a safe, consensual manner. In Missouri, the age of consent is 17 years old, […]

September 8, 2023

Imagine carrying a heavy backpack filled with stones everywhere you go, weighing you down and limiting your opportunities. That’s what it can feel like if you have been convicted of a felony in Missouri. A felony conviction may haunt you for years, affecting various aspects of your life, including employment, housing, and even personal relationships. […]

September 6, 2023

The world of law and order can be confusing, especially when it comes to classifying different types of criminal offenses. Three terms that are often used interchangeably yet distinctly different are murder, manslaughter, and homicide. Murder is perhaps the most well-known of these three terms and refers to unlawfully and knowingly causing the death of […]

August 8, 2023

If the police or FBI show up at your house with a search warrant, it’s essential to take certain steps to protect your rights and interests. Whatever you do, do NOT consent to the search. If you consent, then you will waive your right to challenge the search in court later. Here’s what you should […]

August 3, 2023

If you find yourself pulled over by the police and they want to conduct an open-air sniff around your vehicle using a K-9, it’s important to know your rights and act accordingly. First and foremost, do NOT escalate the situation or resist. If the police are acting unlawfully, that issue will have to be litigated […]

July 5, 2023

Not all criminal defense law firms are created equal. So, how do you choose an attorney that will give you the best shot at success? What can you expect once you’ve hired one, and what does that process look like? In this article, we’ll explore what to expect when hiring a St. Louis murder defense […]

July 3, 2023

Nobody should have to face criminal charges alone, especially when it comes to something as serious as second-degree murder. It can be a daunting experience, and it’s important to know the role of a St. Louis attorney in such cases. A skilled St. Louis criminal defense attorney can be instrumental in defending against any type […]

June 30, 2023

Missouri residents have the right to protect themselves and their property from harm, but the state has strict laws governing using weapons for self-defense. Knowing when and how you can use a weapon to defend yourself can mean the difference between staying safe and facing criminal charges. In this article, we will discuss the laws […]

Weapons charges are serious offenses resulting in severe legal consequences, including fines, imprisonment, and a criminal record. For an individual to be found guilty of a weapons crime, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant had intent, usually the knowing or intentional use or possession of a weapon. Without this specific […]

June 28, 2023

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees citizens the right to keep and bear arms. But what does that mean for those who face weapons charges? What rights do individuals have when defending themselves and their property? Understanding how your rights are protected under the Second Amendment is essential if facing a weapons […]

June 26, 2023

Felony criminal charges are nothing to bat an eye at. Not only does a conviction mean possible jail time, fines, and a criminal record but there may also be collateral consequences like losing the right to vote or bear arms. So if you’re facing a felony charge in St. Louis, you’re probably feeling the weight […]

May 15, 2023

Being arrested and facing criminal charges can significantly impact your life—from your reputation to your personal relationships and even your freedom. Understanding what happens after you’re arrested—and the criminal defense process—is crucial. What are your rights? How do you defend yourself in court? Is there anything else that needs to be done before the trial […]

February 20, 2023

A drug possession felony conviction on your criminal record can negatively impact several facets of your life. One mistake, one lapse of judgment, can create a lifetime of hurdles.  Criminal records are like a stain on your life. Even if you regret your crime and have served your sentence. You’re a changed person now, but […]

May 14, 2021

What Happens to Your VA Benefits If You Go To Jail? Veterans Facing Criminal Charges If you are a veteran facing criminal prosecution, it’s essential to start thinking about and preparing for the repercussions this can have on your VA benefits. The Department of Veterans Affairs has the power to reduce or eliminate your VA […]

March 2, 2021

It’s common for people to interchangeably use the terms stealing, burglary, and robbery. Although each charge often involves the unauthorized appropriation of another person’s property, they are distinct offenses with different definitions and penalties in Missouri. For example, you might hear someone say, “My house was robbed!” In legal terms, this usually translates to, “My […]

February 3, 2021

If there’s one thing you need to remember during an arrest, it’s that you have the right to remain silent. Regardless of the situation, once your rights are invoked, you do not have to say anything further. You will be given the opportunity to speak with your lawyer or have one appointed to you. Invoking […]

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