Criminal Defense Lawyers

At the law firm of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer, you will find lawyers who truly know criminal law. Our team includes former public defenders, former prosecutors and a former judge with more than 100 years of combined experience defending people in Columbia, Springfield,and throughout central Missouri. We understand how to build strong defense strategies, taking into account how the other side puts its case together. We have the passion to get a positive outcome, even in the most challenging cases.

Our Attorneys Independently Investigate The Facts

Our lawyers are aggressive and thorough. We know that we cannot rely on the police investigation, because police miss things. We need to conduct our own investigation. That means visiting the scene of the alleged crime and re-interviewing witnesses to sift through half-truths that may have been told to the police. We will bring in private investigators and legal experts to ensure that we have every fact at our disposal. Once we have gathered all the facts, we use them to build a strong criminal defense case to protect you.

Our Attorneys Are Experienced In Criminal Trials

Prosecutors are more likely to take a criminal defense attorney seriously if they know and respect that attorney's ability to go to trial. Prosecutors throughout central Missouri recognize that we will never settle a case to avoid the courtroom. That is a big part of why we have been so successful in these cases. We are trial attorneys, and when it is the best option for your case, we go to trial and fight for the best possible outcome.

Our Attorneys Provide Skilled Criminal Defense In State And Federal Court

Our attorneys defend against all charges in municipal court, state court and federal court. We can defend against the most serious charges and have defended against no less than 30 homicide cases. Crimes we frequently defend against include:

  • Traffic violations: We give traffic cases the same effort we give cases involving serious felonies. We fight on your behalf to avoid penalties such as loss of your driving privileges.
  • DWI: Each charge of driving while intoxicated involves different facts. Our attorneys have experience with all types of DWIs — from your first DWI offense to driving under the influence of drugs and felony DWI.
  • Drug crimes: Depending on the type and amount of substance in question, drug crimes can be charged in either state or federal court. Regardless of the court or severity of the offense, our attorneys have the necessary experience.
  • Stealing: Having any kind of theft conviction on your record can pose future challenges. Our lawyers have experience defending theft crimes ranging from shoplifting to embezzlement.
  • Property damage: Serious consequences can result from a charge of property damage, especially when the value of the damaged property is high. We aggressively defend clients charged with damaging property.
  • Arson: Courts in Missouri — like most courts — treat the charge of arson very seriously. A serious charge requires the skilled representation our defense attorneys offer for all degrees of arson.
  • Sexual offenses: Conviction for a sex offense commonly results in lifelong registration as a sex offender. Our lawyers fight aggressively to avoid this and other serious possible outcomes.
  • Murder and manslaughter: Not all criminal defense firms have experience with murder and manslaughter cases. We have handled more than 30 homicide cases and will put our experience to work in defending you.
  • Kidnapping: This charge often results from a custody dispute, where a parent had no intent to kidnap his or her child. Whatever the facts, we know this is a serious charge with serious possible penalties, and our attorneys defend it as such.
  • Assault offenses: What started as a shouting match in a bar or an attempt to defend a friend can end with assault charges. We are experienced in defending assault charges in central Missouri involving all sorts of factual scenarios.
  • Domestic violence: An allegation of domestic violence can result in various charges, including violating an order of protection, domestic assault or child abuse. With over 100 years of combined experience, our lawyers have extensive experience with the many manifestations of domestic violence and how to best defend against each.
  • Weapons offenses: The most common weapons offenses involve firearms. Our attorneys will aggressively fight to avoid the various possible consequences of crimes ranging from carrying an unlicensed firearm to felon in possession of a firearm. We handle these cases whether they are charged in state or federal court.

Our Attorneys Offer Practical And Personalized Advice

We defend people of all ages, handling juvenile offenses and representing college students at the University of Missouri. Our attorneys also handle all post-conviction matters, including expungements and probation violations.

From our experience, there are various reasons to avoid speaking to a law enforcement officer whenever possible. We encourage all citizens to know their rights and to contact the experienced criminal defense lawyers of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer before answering questions or being interviewed by the police.

Call us at 573-355-5172 or 866-936-2599 or send us an email to schedule a meeting with one of our experienced lawyers.