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: 

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May 20, 2024

If you’ve been arrested for drug possession in Illinois, you may feel overwhelmed and uncertain about your future. The legal process can be confusing, especially when you’re facing the possibility of criminal charges. But don’t lose hope—there are strategies that can help you navigate this challenging situation and potentially get your charges dropped or reduced. […]

May 13, 2024

We all make mistakes. Perhaps you got into a heated argument that turned physical. Or drove after having one too many drinks. Or pocketed an item you didn’t pay for. While regrettable, these missteps seemed minor at the moment. But if convicted of a misdemeanor crime, the consequences can haunt you for years to come. […]

May 10, 2024

In Illinois, battery involves any harmful or offensive physical contact — and depending on the circumstances, it can escalate from a misdemeanor to a felony case. The severity of a battery charge in Illinois depends on various factors, such as the circumstances of the offense and the accused’s criminal history. While battery is typically charged […]

May 6, 2024

A felony conviction can have significant and long-lasting impacts on your fundamental rights and civil liberties. Felons may permanently or temporarily lose the ability to vote, serve on juries, hold public office, own firearms, receive government benefits, and retain custody rights, depending on state laws. Understanding the specific rights you could potentially lose — and […]

April 29, 2024

If you’ve been caught driving on a revoked or suspended license in Missouri, you’re probably worried about the possibility of jail time. It’s a serious offense with potentially life-altering consequences, but with the right legal strategy and a proactive approach, you may be able to avoid spending time behind bars. In this article, we’ll explore […]

April 23, 2024

Clients facing criminal charges like domestic violence or assault often come to us hoping they can just “get the charges dropped” and make the situation go away. We understand this impulse. An arrest and criminal prosecution can turn your life upside down. The instinct is to want to make it end as quickly and quietly […]

April 1, 2024

It’s a homeowner’s worst nightmare—the police show up at your front door to search your house and find illegal drugs. Even if the drugs don’t belong to you, you could still face criminal charges. But who exactly is legally responsible when drugs are discovered on a property? It depends. Determining who faces arrest and prosecution […]

For those with a criminal record, landing a job or apartment can feel hopeless. Every application asks the dreaded question: Have you ever been convicted of a crime? Even one mistake in your past can torpedo future opportunities. Fortunately, Missouri law allows people to expunge criminal records, in certain circumstances. Expungement is —a process where […]

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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