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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Help!! I’ve never been in trouble before!!

I hear this all the time.  Probably more than half of my clients have no criminal record of any kind (some have never even had a traffic ticket!).  Some may have had a municipal citation or two.  For most, this will be the only time in their life that they face criminal charges in state court.

These cases tend to arise because (1) sometimes honest, hard-working people make mistakes, and (2) sometimes people struggle with substance abuse problems.  The most common charges are Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Driving While Intoxicated (“DWI”), Stealing, and Forgery.  People who have never been in trouble before are often embarrassed about the charges, intimidated by the process, and scared about what’s going to happen to them.

A client can hire me at any point in the process, but I usually get the call when the person first learns that a warrant has been issued for their arrest.  Often their first concern is their job – they don’t want law enforcement to show up at their workplace and arrest them, and they are concerned they may lose their job while in custody.  In all but the most serious cases, I can arrange for you to be booked and bonded out on your warrant, so you will NOT have to remain in custody waiting for trial.  Usually we can do this on your day off or, if you work mornings, we can do it in the afternoon.  

When charged with a crime, a clean criminal history can be the best thing you have going for you.  Of course every case is different, and there are never any guarantees.  But many times, if your record is good, I can arrange for you to be placed on probation (with no jail or prison time), and if you successfully complete probation, the case will not result in a conviction on your record.  

If you are charged with a crime – and especially if you’ve never been in trouble before – call attorney W. Scott Rose at (314) 812-4700.  I provide legal representation in criminal cases in Saint Louis County, Saint Louis City, Jefferson County, and Saint Charles County.

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