Criminal charges are filed to seek justice for the State and crime victims. Felonies and misdemeanors can result in a jail sentence, probation or a fine. Court costs are paid by those convicted.
Because of the serious consequences that can be suffered by the accused, every individualís constitutional rights are protected by the courts. Criminal charges can take months or even years to resolve. The prosecuting attorney seeks just and fair punishment for law violations.
Persons charged with a felony or a misdemeanor should seek the advice and assistance of a lawyer. You can find a private attorney to hire by using the telephone book or the Missouri Lawyers Referral Service. If you cannot afford to hire an attorney, you can apply for a Public Defender at the Missouri State Public Defenderís Office, 901 N. Pine St. Suite 200, Rolla, Mo 65401, (573) 368-2260.
Court dates may be verified by accessing Missouri Case Net, a database of all Missouri cases at www.courts.mo.gov/casenet