Trial – Hung Jury
Henderson Law Group represented a Potosi man on a charge of first degree murder and armed criminal action for shooting and killing his son-in-law in the living room of his room. We prepared a strong self-defense case. Despite the fact that our client was never physically touched by the victim and the victim did not possess a weapon, ten jurors voted not guilty of all charges while two jurors voted guilty of second degree murder. Because of jury verdict must be unanimous and the jury could not agree as to the verdict, a mistrial was declared.
Probation with 10 days shock jail time
Henderson Law Group represented a St. Louis County man charged with DWI and Leaving the Scene of an Accident in Cape Girardeau County. Our client had three prior DWIs. After pointing out flaws in the prosecution’s case during negotiations with the prosecutor, we obtained an extremely favorable plea deal. Our client ultimately pleaded guilty to DWI while the hit and run charge was dismissed. Our client was sentenced to 10 days shock jail time and two years of supervised probation.
Trial – Not Guilty
Henderson Law Group represented an Illinois man in Calhoun County, Illinois on charges of felony unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle and felony unlawful possession of a vehicle title. Facing a total of 13 years if found guilty, we mounted a vigorous defense from the outset. Although we received a very favorable plea deal just before trial that would have included no jail time, we pursued a jury trial confident of our chances at trial. The jury came reach a not guilty verdict as to all charged within 40 minutes.
Trial – Not Guilty
Henderson Law Group represented a St. Louis County man on one count of endangering the welfare of a child. The prosecution alleged that our client put his children at risk due to “filthy and unsanitary living conditions” at his home, known hazards such as broken doors and windows, exposed electrical wires, and “large amounts” of trash and debris throughout the home. After a trial, our client was found not guilty.
Henderson Law Group represented a Missouri nurse who had her license revoked seven years ago after battling with drug addiction and multiple criminal convictions. We assisted her in taking the proper steps to reapply for her license. This included gathering court and rehabilitation records, setting her up with proper counseling, and going over her application with Missouri coordinators. After a lengthy process, the Nursing Board notified her that she is now eligible to sit for the NCLEX (nursing exam) and regain her privilege to practice nursing in Missouri.
Evidence suppressed; Case Dismissed
Henderson Law Group represented a Jefferson County man charged with Felony Possession of Marijuana. Our client was pulled over in his vehicle for allegedly crossing the fog line one time and then subsequently admitted to smoking pot and gave the police officer consent to search his vehicle. As a result of the search, the police officer found marijuana. Henderson Law Group filed a motion to suppress the drug evidence due to an unconstitutional and illegal stop. We argued that our client’s consent to search his vehicle was not valid because our client was illegally stopped and seized. The judge agreed with our position and ruled that the marijuana could not be used as evidence at trial. Case Dismissed.
Henderson Law Group represented an Oakville woman charged with felony stealing. The state alleged that our client used another woman’s credit card to retrieve thousands of dollars from various ATMs in the South County area. However, the alleged victim also admitted that she authorized “many” of these transactions but not all of them. After cross-examining the alleged victim at the preliminary hearing, the judge did not find her credible and further found no probable cause that a felony was committed. Case Dismissed.
Decision Reversed; No finding of abuse or neglect
Henderson Law Group represented a Kirksville, Missouri woman, a school teacher, on an appeal to the Child Abuse & Neglect Review Board after Social Services made a finding that our client was the perpetrator of neglect or abuse of a child. Social Services alleged that our client was aware of her husband’s manufacturing and distribution of marijuana out of their home, where their two children resided. At the appeal hearing, we argued that there was no evidence indicating our client had any knowledge of her husband’s drug activity. The Board agreed and reversed the Social Services finding. Our client was removed from the child abuse database, and her career as a school teacher was saved.
Trial – Not guilty
Henderson Law Group represented a Ballwin woman, who is a registered nurse, in St. Louis City Circuit Court charged with Tampering with a Witness and Harassment. Before trial, the Tampering with a Witness charge was dismissed. Our client proceeded to trial on the Harassment charge. The prosecution alleged that our client sent dozens of threatening text messages and made approximately 50 phone calls to the alleged victim. Following a trial, our client was found not guilty.
Henderson Law Group represented a Southern Missouri man on a charge of Statutory Sodomy 2nd Degree, a class C Felony, which carries a maximum of seven years in prison. After a preliminary hearing and thorough cross-examination of the alleged victim, we were able to point out numerous inconsistencies with the alleged victim’s version of events. Additionally, we pointed out various statements made by the alleged victim to other persons in which she recanted her allegations. After preliminary hearing, the judge did not find probable cause that the crime was committed. Case Dismissed.
No reprimand against license
Henderson Law Group represented a Missouri woman who was facing loss of her nursing license from the Missouri Board of Nursing for alleged violations of hospital policy and prescription drug tracking requirements. After a detailed investigation of witnesses and hospital records, Henderson Law Group was able to have the disciplinary complaint completely dismissed. No license loss, No Nursing Board Probation, and No public censure.
Reduced to misdemeanor assault; Probation
Henderson Law Group represented an individual charged with abuse of a child, a class C felony, which carries with it the possibility of up to 7 years in prison. After extensive pretrial discovery and numerous depositions of witnesses, the state offered our client a very favorable plea deal after pretrial motions were argued 2 weeks before trial. Our client ultimately took a plea to the reduced charge of assault in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor, and was placed on 2 years SIS probation. Upon successful completion of probation, our client will not have a conviction on his record. NO JAIL, NO SUPERVISED PROBATION and NO CONVICTION.
Henderson Law Group represented a North St. Louis County man charged with felony destruction of property for allegedly smashing another individual’s car with a tire iron causing more than $2,000 in damages. After a preliminary hearing and cross-examining the alleged victim, no one could positively identify our client as the suspect. Accordingly, the judge found that that there was no probable cause and dismissed the case.
Henderson Law Group represented an Alton, Illinois man charged with Armed Robbery and Armed Criminal Action. From the outset, our defense was based on the alibi that our client was in a different state when the crime occurred. After a year of litigation and just before trial, we were able to obtain a DISMISSAL of all charges. Without a traceable phone to pin point our client’s location, we subpoenaed Facebook records in order to show our client’s location, we subpoenaed Facebook records in order to show our client’s location through recent picture posts. Additionally, we were able to show that our client’s head was shaved weeks before the crime. The attacker was described as having shoulder length dreadlocks, as our client did in a photo used in a lineup. Three of the four witnesses, all white individuals, picked our client, a black male, out of the lineup. Photo lineup identifications, especially cross-racial ones, are not always reliable.
Amended to Littering
Henderson Law Group represented a St. Louis County man on destruction of property and assault on a law enforcement officer charges. After pointing out numerous inconsistencies in the officer’s version of events, the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the destruction of property charge and amend the assault on a law enforcement officer charge to littering. NO JAIL TIME and NO PROBATION.
Reversed and Order of Protection Vacated
Henderson Law Group represented a Jefferson County man on an appeal to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District. Our client, who was represented by another attorney at trial, lost two cases at trial in which his neighbor and the neighbor’s wife filed Orders of Protection (restraining orders) against him. The trial judge granted both Orders of Protection. Our client hired Henderson Law Group to file an appeal on his behalf. In the appellate court, we argued that the trial court erred in granting the Orders of Protection because there was insufficient evidence. The Court of Appeals agreed and REVERSED the trial court and VACATED the Orders of Protection.
Reduced to misdemeanors; Probation
Henderson Law Group represented a Bellefontaine teenager charged with three separate Class C felonies in St. Louis County Circuit Court: stealing a credit card (2 counts) and 1 count of identity theft. Each charge carried a maximum of 7 years in prison. Our client was accused of stealing credit cards from a local high school office and using those credit cards to buy personal items, such as clothing and shoes. Henderson Law Group was able to secure a very favorable plea deal on behalf of our client. All charges were reduced to misdemeanor theft and our client was placed on 2 year SIS probation. NO JAIL TIME and NO CONVICTION.
Evidence Suppressed; Case Dismissed
Henderson Law Group represented an Imperial man charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia in St. Louis City Circuit Court. We filed a Motion to Suppress all evidence due to an illegal seizure of our client. Henderson Law Group argued that the police did not have reasonable suspicion of any criminal activity to seize our client and that an anonymous phone call of “possible drug use going on in the parking lot” by a local business owner was insufficient standing alone to seize and arrest our client. The court agreed and suppressed the heroin evidence, the drug paraphernalia evidence, and all of our client’s post-arrest statements. Case Dismissed.
Drug charge dismissed; DWI reduced to misdemeanor
Henderson Law Group represented a Franklin County woman initially charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, a class C felony, Felony DWI, and several traffic violations. After conducting a thorough investigation and mounting a vigorous defense, our client ultimately received a very favorable plea deal. The felony drug charge was DISMISSED, the felony DWI was REDUCED to a misdemeanor, and the traffic violations were dismissed. Our client received a 90 day jail sentence – all suspended – and 2 years supervised probation. NO FELONY and NO JAIL TIME.
Evidence suppressed; Case Dismissed
Henderson Law Group represented a man charged in St. Louis City Circuit Court with unlawful use of a weapon and drug possession. Shortly after we secured our client’s release from jail on a reduced bond and GPS tracking device, we filed a Motion to Suppress all physical evidence due to an illegal search and seizure by police in violation of our client’s constitutional rights. At the suppression hearing, the police officer testified that our client “appeared to be looking into cars and looked nervous” and therefore stopped and searched our client without his consent. We argued that the officer’s observations provided no basis to seize our client and subsequently search him. The court agreed and ruled that the gun and drug evidence would be suppressed. Case Dismissed.
Trial – Not guilty
Henderson Law Group represented an Imperial woman in Jefferson County Circuit Court on a charge of child endangerment. Prosecutors alleged our client aided and encouraged her son’s girlfriend to skip school and subsequently lied to law enforcement about the girl’s whereabouts after a missing persons report was made. Prosecutors refused to offer our client an acceptable plea offer. Accordingly, we proceeded to trial and our client was found NOT GUILTY of all charges.
Henderson Law Group represented a St. Louis County woman initially arrested for parental kidnapping, a class D felony. After being retained on the case, our law firm immediately spoke with the St. Louis County warrant officer before charges were filed and argue that the facts did not support a parental kidnapping charge. Ultimately, our client was formally charged with violation of a protective order, a class A misdemeanor. On the day of trial, Henderson Law Group was able to secure a DISMISSAL OF ALL CHARGES.
Henderson Law Group represented a Franklin County man charged with passing a bad check of more than $500.00, a class C felony which carries a sentence of up to 7 years in prison. Immediately after being hired on the case, Henderson Law Group negotiated a dismissal of the charge with the prosecuting attorney in exchange for our client’s agreement to pay back the amount of the check. CASE DISMISSED, NO JAIL, NO PROBATION.