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When you have been charged with a criminal offense, the biggest concern is getting an attorney that knows how to fight for you and operate within the criminal justice system. At Worsham Law Firm, a Springfield, MO criminal defense lawyer has the experience and credentials that you need in your legal representation.

For more than 20 years they have been taking on criminal cases, providing clients with favorable results in even the most challenging circumstances. Criminal accusations can be extremely dangerous, affecting both your life and opportunities. How the charges are addressed is a critical factor with regard to the final case outcome.

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DWI

A DWI conviction can have a heavy impact on your life. A Springfield criminal defense lawyer from Worsham Law Firm is willing to hear your side of the story and take action for your defense. The sooner you get an aggressive and skilled legal team working for you, the better. Some aspects of the case can be challenging, but our firm has the years of experience and insight needed to handle it.

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Drug Crimes

There are some drugs that can be purchased and used legally, if the use of them is done within certain guidelines. Other drugs serve no beneficial purpose to society and are therefore considered illegal in all circumstances. Even normally legal drugs, such as prescription drugs can become illegal if they are improperly used, including taking higher than the dosage given by a doctor or selling them to others they were not prescribed to.

Internet Crimes

Using the internet to cause harm to another (physical, mental or reputation) individual or group is classified as an internet crime. This can cover a very broad array of crimes. A traditional crime that is perpetrated over the internet would also be called an internet crime. A few examples of this would be harassment, stalking, pornography, child pornography, hate crimes and fraud. These crimes can be committed via internet communication channels and when they are, the person or group responsible can be charged with an internet crime. Some internet crimes are strictly performed on the internet, such as crimes involving spam.

If you have been charged with an internet crime, or you are being investigated, we can help. The various classes of crimes associated with internet can be charged as misdemeanors or varying degree s of felonies. Depending on their scope they may be investigated and charged by local, state, federal or international agencies. Federal crimes and penalties tend to be more harsh that local and state. Penalties are always assigned based on the scope and extent of harm that was caused. Prior convictions of any crime can also enhance penalties if convicted.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can have potentially serious penalties. Missouri law breaks domestic violence into class A and class B felonies. Class A felonies have harsh penalties that include prison and heavy fines. Worsham Law Firm has the experience needed to handle these kinds of criminal law cases and you should call the firm today for help with your legal defense.

Missouri Revised Statutes, Chapter 565, Offenses Against the Person §565.072 defines domestic assault in the first degree as when the perpetrator knowingly causes, attempts to cause physical harm or tries to kill someone that they have domestic relations with. This is a class B felony unless there is an actual physical injury done or there is a prior record involved, in which case it will be enhanced to a class A felony. If someone is killed during domestic violence it is a violent crime and a murder charge can be expected, an extremely dangerous legal problem. Missouri enforces the death penalty or life in prison without parole for first-degree murder charges.

Even a lesser domestic violence charge, such as domestic violence of the third degree where the cause of injury is negligence can have quite an impact on your life and family situation. The judge may decide to issue a restraining order forbidding you to contact your family. Prosecuting attorneys are zealous in domestic cases so you need an experienced law firm to defend you.

This law firm has the experience needed to provide you with the highest quality legal representation in this situation. You will get a lawyer who will fight aggressively for you in court. This firm is a winner of the National Advocacy Center award for Excellence in Advocacy.

Charged with Assault?

Assault in general terms means to threaten someone in such a way as to cause them fear of physical harm. 

However, there can be assault with a deadly weapon, sexual assault, and domestic assault. A person can receive injury during an assault or be raped and these factors change the circumstances and therefore the potential penalties of the assault. Missouri carries heavy penalties for violent crimes so the sentencing has the potential to be harsh. There are three degrees of assault charges with assault in the first degree being the highest form; punishable as a class B felony, or class A felony if serious injury was inflicted. If someone has been harmed or raped and there is a prior record involved, it's possible that the person charged could be facing the life in prison without parole.

If the circumstances of the crime determine that it is a Class A felony, then there is the potential for the kind of severe sentencing talked about above as well as heavy fines or any combination of these things. 

Fraud

In Missouri, fraudulent acts are criminally punished under a harsh degree of the law. Specifically, fraudulent behaviors are believed to be those in which an intentional deception is made for the sole purpose of personal gain or to cause damage to another person. Both a criminal offense and a civil law violation, fraudulent acts are punishable by criminal law and civil law.

Most criminal fraud offenses are identified as felonious and punishable as such. This means that those convicted of such a crime could be facing hefty fines, jail time, and probation. The civil penalties of a fraud conviction include substantial fines, – sometimes these include repaying a victim of the money taken from him/her - and more. Ultimately, a conviction and the penalties that go along with it will depend on the nature of the illegal activity, taking into account the scope and severity of the action as well as whether or not it was committed alone.

Included in the fraud charges that could be made against you are: Wire fraud, insurance fraud, credit card fraud, mail fraud, tax fraud, bankruptcy fraud, telemarketing fraud, and identity theft. 

For any kind of fraud accusation it will be of the upmost importance to take immediate legal action in the matter. The sooner you obtain the representation of a criminal defense lawyer, the better your chances will be of securing a desirable outcome for your case. Our proven lawyer is working diligently to obtain you the results you both need and deserve.

Traffic Offenses

Civil & Criminal Traffic Offenses: Whether or not you feel you have been wrongly cited for a traffic violation, a criminal lawyer can be of assistance. Don't risk the suspension (the temporary stop of the right to drive) or revocation (canceling) of your license. You have the right to fight back if you have a civil or criminal traffic offense pending. We offer you some facts about the Missouri traffic violation point system.

Missouri Traffic Violation Point System: In Missouri, being convicted of a moving violation results in the Department of Revenue adding points to your driving record. For example, a ticket for speeding results in 3 points, while leaving the scene of an accident results in 12 months and the suspension of your license. If you get 4 points in a year, you will be sent notice of this in writing. Accumulating 8 or more points in 18 months will result in the following suspensions of your license: first suspension - 30 days, second suspension - 60 days, and third or more suspensions - 90 days.

If you get your driver's license suspended by the Missouri Department of Revenue, you may not drive for the period of the suspension. Revocation penalties are more severe: if you receive 12 or more convictions in 12 months, or 18 or more convictions in 24 months, or 24 or more convictions in 36 months, driving privileges will be revoked by the Department of Revenue for one year. Whether you have been convicted of DWI, speeding or careless driving, accumulating too many points against your license can threaten your ability to drive in the state of Missouri. 

Don't risk your driving privileges. A traffic ticket lawyer from the firm can go over your situation with you and provide all the important legal facts pertaining to it.

Sex Crimes

Sex crimes are some of the most offensive and harshly punished of all criminal behaviors. As such, if you have been accused of a sexually explicit act of any nature then you should not wait to contact us. Having an effective legal professional on your side, aiding in your defense, could make a world of difference in the turnout of your case.

Facing charges? Don't Wait - Reach Out to Our Firm Today

Whether you are facing a first time DUI charge, a felony offense, a serious financial crime or you are accused of a violent crime, the firm has the trial skills and experience you need to help you fight back.

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