Southeast Missouri Criminal Defense Attorney

Murder ◊ Sex Offenses ◊ Drug Crimes ◊ DWI

Licensed in Missouri and Illinois

Whether you have been charged with a crime or are only under investigation for criminal activity, you need an experienced lawyer to protect your constitutional rights. If the charge involves a serious felony, such as murder or a sex offense, your reputation may be ruined before you have a chance to defend yourself.

At the offices of James M. McClellan, Attorney at Law, I have defended men and women throughout southeastern Missouri on a wide range of criminal charges, from misdemeanors to high profile felonies, for over 28 years. I often handle the most difficult types of criminal cases, including allegations of murder and rape. Contact my offices to schedule a free initial consultation.

A serious criminal charge can change your life forever. If you have been charged with a violent crime or with any felony, you want an attorney who will take the time to get to know you, to understand what you value and all that you have to lose. I am that attorney. When I take your case, my goal is to resolve your legal issues so thoroughly that you never need to hire me again.

In my criminal practice, I work with clients at all stages of a criminal prosecution, from the investigation, arrest and arraignment to trial and appeal, if necessary. I handle all misdemeanors and felonies, including

  • Homicide offenses
    • Murder
    • Manslaughter
    • Negligent homicide
  • Sex crimes
    • Rape
    • Criminal sexual conduct
    • Indecent exposure
    • Sexual abuse
  • Drug crimes
    • Possession
    • Trafficking
    • Manufacture
  • Theft offenses
    • Larceny
    • Burglary
    • Robbery
  • White collar crimes
    • Fraud
    • Embezzlement
    • Conspiracy
  • Arson
  • Traffic violations
    • Drunk driving (DWI/DUI)

When you hire me, we will thoroughly examine all aspects of your case. Did the police follow proper procedure when making the arrest? Were you properly advised of your rights? Was there probable cause, if a search was conducted? Can the evidence be challenged or even determined to be inadmissible?

If the state's case is strong, we may consider the possibility of a plea bargain. Though I have successfully negotiated plea bargains for many clients, I have extensive experience as a trial attorney and am not afraid to take your case to court, if doing so is in your best interests.

If you need an experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer, contact my offices for a free initial consultation.

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