Criminal Law

At Carter & Putnam we believe in the fundamental principles of our legal system. We believe that it is the government’s job to prove their case or they are not entitled to a conviction. It is our job to make sure the Government does their job. Every criminal case is unique and there is no better formula for success than diligent preparation and hard work. An experienced criminal defense attorney can make all the difference. Missouri criminal laws are divided into two main classes: felony charges and misdemeanor charges. With each there are different levels of charges. At Carter & Putnam we will vigorously defend your felony, misdemeanor or traffic violation.

As crcriminal_lawiminal lawyers, we at Carter & Putnam understand that there are two sides to every story. We know that the police can and do make mistakes and we recognize that the police could simply be wrong. We realize that witnesses often lie and/or make false allegations. Witnesses’ personal vendettas against defendants can be concealed from the prosecutor and the police. As criminal defense attorneys we ensure that all witnesses’ observations and motivations are closely examined and communicated to law enforcement when necessary and we work aggressively to make sure your side of the story comes out.

We have found that diligent and aggressive trial preparation ensures a higher probability of securing dismissals or negotiated pleas that do not require prison time. Many cases are resolved before trial by either a dismissal or a favorable plea negotiation. We will review the existing evidence and if necessary, seek additional evidence that can aid in your defense. We will provide an honest assessment of your legal options so you can make an intelligent and informed decision about your case. Our goal is always to obtain the best possible result in your case. Depending on the evidence against you, there are times when a plea bargain may be your best option. On the other hand, police can and do make mistakes when gathering evidence. They can take shortcuts on following proper procedures that weaken their case against you. When warranted, we file motions to exclude such evidence. Motions to suppress evidence can significantly improve the chance of getting the charges against you reduced and can lay the groundwork for a dismissal or for successful results at trial.

We want to ensure that your rights are protected. If you have been charged with a crime (felony or misdemeanor) then contact the criminal lawyers at Carter & Putnam. We will fight for you!