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Chesterfield Criminal Defense Attorney

Trusted Representation in St. Louis County & the Surrounding Areas

When facing criminal charges in Missouri, you may be overwhelmed and uncertain about your future. The Hammer Law Firm, LLC is here to help you through this challenging time. We are a full-service criminal defense firm that represents clients in a wide range of cases. With a Chesterfield criminal defense lawyer from our firm on your side, you can feel confident that your rights are protected and that we will work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.

Call (314) 334-3807 or contact us online to request a consultation.

Defending the Accused in Chesterfield

When you've been arrested or find yourself under investigation for a crime, you need an attorney who knows the law and is prepared to stand up for your rights. At The Hammer Law Firm, LLC, we are committed to providing our clients with the skilled and experienced legal representation they need and deserve. When you choose us, you get a team of professionals who are dedicated to your case.

We provide aggressive legal defense in all types of criminal cases, including but not limited to:

  • Theft crimes
  • Drug crimes
  • DUI
  • Assault
  • Traffic tickets
  • Juvenile crimes
  • White collar crimes
  • Gun and weapons charges
  • Domestic violence
  • Sex crimes
  • Violent crimes
  • Federal crimes
  • Probation violation
  • Murder/homicide

Misdemeanors vs Felonies

In Missouri, like in many other jurisdictions in the United States, crimes are categorized into two main types: misdemeanors and felonies. Each type encompasses a range of offenses, with different degrees or classes depending on the severity of the crime.

Misdemeanors are less serious offenses compared to felonies and are typically punishable by fines, probation, community service, or a short period of incarceration in a local jail, usually less than one year.

In Missouri, misdemeanors are further classified into four classes:

  • Class A Misdemeanor: Considered the most serious type of misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000. Examples include simple assault, theft (value less than $500), and first offense DWI (Driving While Intoxicated).
  • Class B Misdemeanor: Punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. Examples include first-time possession of small amounts of marijuana and trespassing.
  • Class C Misdemeanor: The least serious type of misdemeanor, punishable by up to 15 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $750. Examples include minor traffic violations and disturbing the peace.
  • Unclassified Misdemeanor: Some offenses are classified as misdemeanors but do not fit neatly into the Class A, B, or C categories. Penalties for these offenses vary.

Felonies, on the other hand, are more serious crimes and are typically punishable by imprisonment in a state correctional facility for one year or more, along with fines and other penalties.

In Missouri, felonies are categorized into several classes:

  • Class A Felony: The most serious type of felony, punishable by 30 years or life imprisonment. Examples include first-degree murder and certain drug trafficking offenses.
  • Class B Felony: Punishable by imprisonment for five to 15 years Examples include voluntary manslaughter and certain drug possession offenses.
  • Class C Felony: Punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years. Examples include second-degree assault and certain theft offenses.
  • Class D Felony: Punishable by imprisonment for up to seven years. Examples include possession of a controlled substance and forgery.
  • Class E Felony: Punishable by imprisonment for up to four years. Examples include stalking and certain types of fraud.

How We Can Help

Our team is proud to provide personalized legal services to our clients. We understand that each client's situation is unique, which is why we take the time to get to know you and the details of your case. Our attorneys will use our extensive knowledge of the law to build a strong defense strategy tailored to your specific needs.

There are many ways that a lawyer can help you when you're facing criminal charges, including:

  • Investigating your case: An attorney will thoroughly investigate your case, including the circumstances surrounding your arrest, to determine the best way to defend you.
  • Building a strong defense: Your lawyer will use the information gathered during the investigation to build a strong defense strategy on your behalf.
  • Negotiating with the prosecution: In some cases, your attorney may be able to negotiate with the prosecution to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed.
  • Representing you in court: If your case goes to trial, your lawyer can represent you in court and present your defense to a judge or jury.
  • Guiding you through the legal process: The legal process can be complex and confusing. A defense attorney can help you understand what to expect and guide you through the process.
  • Protecting your rights: Your lawyer will work to protect your rights throughout the legal process.

Call (314) 334-3807 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with a Chesterfield criminal defense attorney.

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client testimonials

At The Hammer Law Firm, LLC, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.

    "Thank God for Mark Hammer"

    I cannot begin to explain in words how thankful I am that I contacted the Hammer Law Firm when I found myself facing criminal legal charges. I and my family will always be grateful beyond words for the role that Mark Hammer and The Hammer Law Firm played i

    - Former Client
    "Mark and Nicole are the best law firm partners ever."

    They are professional, courteous, and respectful to both the courts and their clients. This team of professionals is not in business just for the money, they are truly out to help their clients.

    - C.E.
    "He is a gentleman, exudes confidence and relieves stress with his truth."

    After a thorough review, Mark began to address every legal issue confronting our son, he had already done his homework, which began to bring sanity back into our family as we sat there.

    - Ken
    "Phenomenal Experience!!"

    We contacted Mark Hammer for help with our son. Mark was truly amazing! He worked hard for our son, was always a text or phone call away, and we could not have asked (or predicted) a better outcome! Absolutely in awe of him.

    - D.C.
    "You don't know how much of a blessing you are to us"

    Thank you so much, Nicole. I have faith and believe everything that's happening is for a reason. I know everything will be fine and I believe you are going to do everything you can and I'm very grateful for it.

    - C.G.
    "I could not have imagined getting through this difficult and uncertain time without the help of the Hammer Law Firm."

    I absolutely recommend Mark and Nicole to anyone who is needing more than a lawyer, but people who do genuinely care about you and who want to get the best possible outcome to get you through this difficult time.

    - E.M.
    "I have never met such dedicated attorneys that work so hard for the truth to come out at the trial."

    I just wanted to thank you again for your compassion, kindness, and support given to my family throughout this ordeal.  I thank the Hammer Law Firm for not only giving my son his life back but his family as well.

    - Former Client
    "I could call anytime, day or night, and you were there, even when times was bad for you."

    I feel that you were not just our attorneys, but a friend that stood beside us through it all. I could call anytime, day or night, and you were there, even when times were bad for you.

    - V.H.


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