All Missouri courts are closed until at least April 20 because of the coronavirus pandemic, but we remain OPEN and hard at work on our clients’ cases. However, we have suspended all “open office hours” and in-person meetings until further notice. Our attorneys and staff will remain available by telephone, and we are now offering video conferences via Skype, FaceTime, and Google Hangouts to clients and prospective clients. Our telephones will continue to be answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

First Time Offenders

Rose Legal Services has been defending first time offenders in the St. Louis metropolitan area for 20 years.

Have you committed an offense for the first time in St. Louis? If so, you're probably nervous and unsure about what will happen next. The good news is you still have options. At Rose Legal Services, our attorneys are here to help you understand what your options are and help you resolve your legal issues. Should you be arrested or charged for a first time offense in the greater St. Louis area, contact Rose Legal Services as soon as you can.

What Happens When you are Charged in St. Louis

When you are charged, you may be arrested prior to the charges being brought, given notice to appear in court or the charges may be dropped altogether. Regardless, as soon as you are charged, you should contact Rose Legal Services immediately so that we may support you and help you understand how to move forward.

At this point, you may be afraid and anxious of what is to come, however, it's important to note that when you're charged for a crime, you're not automatically guilty. The prosecution will need to prove you are at fault for a crime before any consequences are brought upon you. Therefore, you should stay calm and allow our attorneys to deliver the best possible result for your case.

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Potential Consequences as a First Time Offender in St. Louis

Every offense has its own consequences. With a first-time offense, the ramifications of it will differ depending on factors such as the type of crime, the jurisdiction in your area, and the judge assigned to your case. First-time offenders in St. Louis are subject to several consequences, including:

  • Misdemeanor or felony conviction
  • Heavy fines
  • Jail time
  • Tarnished criminal or driving record
  • Difficulty securing future employment opportunities
  • Probation 
  • Community service

While first time offenders are subject to the same consequences as any other criminal, the law is often forgiving if you have committed your first offense and have no criminal background. In fact, first time offenders may be eligible to participate in a diversion program, where they can have their charges dismissed upon meeting certain conditions.

How to Prepare Your Defense in St. Louis

If your case goes to trial, don't panic. Schedule a meeting with our attorneys at Rose Legal Services to begin preparing the presentation of your case in court. Here, you will be able to discuss your side of the story including the facts and details surrounding your offense, compile any documents or evidence in your favor, prepare any witnesses, and discuss the overall strengths and weaknesses of your case.We can't promise that everything will go as planned during your trial, however, we'll prepare the most compelling defense that we can and fight for you. With Rose Legal Services, you'll be in good hands.

Being charged for the first time is never a pleasant experience. However, if this occurs it's important to take a deep breath and let our attorneys help you. At Rose Legal Services, we've been defending clients and their rights in the greater St. Louis area for 20 years. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.

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Consequences can be severe; you may lose your driver’s license, pay heavy fines, or even receive a jail sentence.

Thorough Investigation

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.

Recent Successes

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Fair and Reasonable Fees

We do almost all of our cases on a “flat fee” basis. We will discuss legal fees at your initial consultation, and there will be no surprises.

Effective Advocacy

Mr. Rose will be at your side at every court appearance and hearing. And if you choose to proceed with a trial, he will aggressively litigate your case to a judge or jury.




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