Absent extreme circumstances, breach of peace offenses are generally charged as misdemeanors. The most common related charges are peace disturbance and public intoxication. While the broad meaning implied by these two charges may lead you to believe there is no way to defend such a charge, that assumption would be wrong. Due to the nature of these charges and the impact that subjective, rather than objective reasoning may have on the decision to arrest, it is wise to consult with an attorney. Other times, these charges may stem from a larger incident, and an attorney may be able to negotiate a plea deal which will result in the charges being dropped.
Littering is a big deal in Missouri, which you should know if you’ve ever driven on a rural highway and seen the signs warning of a maximum fine of $1,000, and a potential one-year sentence in jail. If a law enforcement officer observes you littering, there may not be much along the lines of a defense to the charges. However, charges may brought with circumstantial evidence, such as waste with your name on it. In these situations, it may be wise to consult with an attorney. Illegal dumping is a large problem in Missouri, and law enforcement is on the lookout for violators as the amount of construction projects continues to increase year after year.
Gone are the days of street corner solicitation busts. The terms may sound a bit antiquated – but prostitution and pandering (“pimping”) charges arise often in the age of social media, dating apps, and hookup culture. Sometimes, these charges can arise from a sting operation conducted by law enforcement. A person charged with a crime of this nature might genuinely believe they weren’t doing anything wrong, which is itself not a legal defense, but may be relevant in asserting an affirmative defense such as entrapment. If you find yourself being charged with pandering, promoting, patronizing, or soliciting a prostitute, it is important you protect your legal interests and consult with an attorney.
If you have been charged with a person crime in Missouri, it is important to invoke your 5th amendment rights to counsel and remain silent. If the charges result from an illegal stop or search, they may be subject to dismissal for violating the 4th amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure. It is important to consult with an attorney before accepting a plea or admitting guilt in any way.