Criminal Defense

St. Louis Criminal Defense Lawyers

Award-Winning Advocacy

Ochs & Klein Attorneys, P.C. has defended virtually all types of criminal offenses in Missouri and Illinois, in the state and the federal courts. James Ochs and Richard Klein began their legal careers in criminal defense working for Charles M. Shaw, one of the top criminal defense trial lawyers in Missouri history. When you or a loved one is arrested, it can be a very stressful, unpleasant process. We can provide guidance and advice in order to eliminate stress as much as possible, while aggressively defending the case.

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Helpful Information

  • Constitutional Rights: The 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution are your rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, the right against self-incrimination (to remain silent), and the right to have your attorney present during questioning by the police. If you are questioned by the police, assert (do not waive) your constitutional rights. Remain silent about any facts. Remember, "Anything you say, can and will be used against you." Nothing you say will be used for you, when you are suspected of a crime. Allow your lawyer to be with you before making any factual statements.
  • Interrogation (Police Questioning): Police are trained to obtain confessions. Sometimes confessions are obtained even when the person did not commit the crime. The pressures in some interrogations are great. The law allows police to lie to suspects in order to obtain confessions. These police officers are trying to keep our streets and our homes safe, and we need to remember that, so it is important to be respectful while asserting your rights.
  • Politely Assert Your Constitutional Rights: Do be polite and respectful to the police officers. They are trying to help to keep us safe. They are the people we call when we truly need help. If you are interrogated/questioned by police, remember they are trying to protect our communities, but you should also remember to protect your rights guaranteed to you by our nation's Bill of Rights. You can and should respectfully assert your rights, and refuse to waive your rights, and remain polite the police.
  • Information: If you are arrested, you will need to provide the police with your name, birth date, address, social security number, etc. But you are not required to make statements about any facts of any circumstances.
  • 24-Hour Hold: The police can hold you in jail for 24 hours before charging you with a crime. In limited circumstances during this 24-hour period, your lawyer can request a judge to set an appearance bond, and request the Court to order the police to set you free prior to the expiration of the "24-hour hold." During a 24-hour hold, it will be worthwhile to say nothing, hire an attorney, have a bond set, remain free on bond, and allow yourself the opportunity to tell the court/jury the truth first-hand so that your words cannot be manipulated and/or distorted.
  • Bond: Once you are charged with a crime, you will be entitled to a bond, and you can pay part of the attorney's fee with a bond assignment, and use your money in the most effective way possible to retain your lawyer, get out of jail, and return to your family and work.
  • Attorney's Advice: Once you are out of jail, you will be in a much better position to assist in your legal defense. In accordance with your lawyer's advice, provide your lawyer with the contact information for the necessary witnesses to assist in your defense with brief summaries of what you would expect each such witness would be expected to testify to. The sooner you and your lawyer begin preparing your defense, the better. The police and prosecutors will have investigated the case and obtained evidence. You and your lawyer will need to immediately begin preparing your defense.

Contact us at (800) 491-1486 to reach a member of our firm.

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Our Client Testimonials

    “I will always appreciate you for this.”
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    “I have taken your advice to heart. And it has helped me.”
    Rich: It's been a few years since my case is over, but I wanted to tell you that I have taken your advice to heart. And it has helped me. Thank you!
    - Jeff
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