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Lake St. Louis man pleads not guilty to wire fraud

We have covered many white collar crime charges in previous posts ranging from wire fraud to conspiracy. The tough economic times have spurred a renewed focus on white collar crimes because many of these crimes have a financial angle such as embezzlement or insider trading. Many business people in the St. Louis area are victims of unscrupulous financial planners and many others are victims of prosecutors who overzealously pursue a fraudster's innocent business partners and coworkers. An experienced St. Louis white collar crime defense attorney can help protect the rights and reputation of a businessperson accused of a white collar crime.

Teen faces assault charges for his role in a "knockout game."

Parents are often horrified when their children face criminal charges. A juvenile crime charge can have many long lasting consequences on a child including derailing college plans or separating them from their parents. An experienced St. Louis juvenile crimes attorney will work to prevent a child from being taken away from his or her family and advocate for the child and the child's concerned parents.

St. Louis banker convicted of wire fraud

Many St. Louis professionals face charges of committing white collar crimes every year. The term "white collar crime" may sound innocuous, but a conviction of mail or wire fraud can carry significant monetary penalties and prison sentences. White collar crime accusations can also ruin the professional reputation of local business people who rely on a good reputation to support their businesses. There are many different types of white collar crime charges ranging from money laundering to extortion and embezzlement. Each one of these crimes requires representation by a criminal defense attorney with experience in defending complex white collar crime charges.

St. Louis man convicted for calling in bomb threat to Lambert Airport

There are times when the mental health of a defendant is not adequately raised by a criminal defense attorney. Prosecutors are often more interested in convicting St. Louis residents instead of questioning the reasons behind criminal behavior and only the most experienced St. Louis criminal defense attorneys can adequately highlight a defendant's mental health issues in a criminal trial.

Two arrested for allegedly robbing gas stations

Robbery charges can be very serious and have many consequences including fines and prison time. A robbery conviction can also make it difficult for a St. Louis resident to find employment afterward because many employers have policies against hiring individuals with felony convictions or a history of property-related crimes. An experienced St. Louis criminal defense attorney can help a defendant fight robbery charges and attack the government's use of circumstantial evidence in a defendant's case. An experienced criminal defense attorney may also challenge a prosecutor's use of questionable eyewitness testimony or evidence that was discovered as the result of an illegal search.

Domestic violence leads to charges against a Missouri woman

Domestic violence is an issue in households across the greater St. Louis area. Domestic violence occurs across all cultural and socio-economic lines and can be perpetrated by any family member. Although there are many instances in which wives abuse their husbands, it is more common for men to commit domestic violence against women. Sometimes volatile relationships within a household result in homicides. An abusive husband may kill his wife or a wife may lash out against her abusive husband after suffering from battered woman syndrome. Battered woman syndrome or battered wife syndrome has been used as a defense in situations where a woman has suffered domestic violence and failed to seek help before attacking her abuser.

Missouri man arrested for sexual assault of a minor

A Missouri man was recently charged with sexually assaulting a South Roxana girl over several years. The man appeared in court on Friday where he was charged with predatory sexual assault. He was also jailed in lieu of a $500,000 bond.

Man arrested in St. Louis for allegedly selling fake World Series tickets

In last week's post we discussed the serious federal criminal charges that a St. Louis mother faces after allegedly starting a fire that killed her teenage son. The federal charges related to the mother's alleged insurance fraud scheme which involved intentionally setting fires. The federal prosecution only came after the state botched its homicide prosecution of the mother. Another person faces federal charges in the St. Louis area, but for an entirely different type of alleged crime: forging tickets.

Federal prosecution will be difficult for St. Louis mother

In our last post we discussed a St. Louis mother who faces federal fraud charges arising out of a fire that killed her 15-year-old son. Federal authorities first learned of the mother's case after a botched state prosecution prevented her from being tried for homicide charges arising out of the case. Federal prosecutors allege that the woman and her former husband were involved in a conspiracy to commit insurance fraud in several states. The couple allegedly started fires to collect insurance payments.

St. Louis mother charged after setting fire that killed her son

Sometimes federal prosecutors will target defendants when state criminal prosecutions go awry. The types of federal crimes that a St. Louis resident may be charged with vary, but many of these charges seem gratuitous when brought after a failed state prosecution. One St. Louis mother faces federal fraud charges after a state murder prosecution ended in a mistral. Prosecutors accuse the 55-year-old mother and her former husband with being involved in an arson scheme for profit.

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