Criminal Defense 2022-12-12T15:22:05-06:00

criminal defense


Whether you’re charged with a misdemeanor or a violent crime or felony, you have individual rights that should be protected as you navigate the complicated world of criminal justice. Every case is unique, and every case has more than one side to the story.

We believe in listening to you

As you’re facing charges, your first move should be to call an attorney for expert guidance and protection. Because any conviction can mean both serious consequences and life changes, you want to know you’re in the hands of an experienced lawyer who will help you assess your situation, give you an honest analysis, and then present a strategy to pursue the best possible outcome for your case.

Drug crimes

When you are charged with a drug crime, your reputation, employment, and even your college financial aid can be jeopardized. Whether you are being charged with possession or conspiracy, it is important to get legal representation right away. The attorneys at Baldwin & Vernon have nearly two decades of experience, including as a county prosecutor and public defender.

We handle a number of drug offenses that involve various drugs, such as methamphetamines, crack, cocaine, marijuana, Ecstasy, GHB and prescription drugs.

The federal sentencing guidelines for drug offenses are harsh, and to defend against them, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. We will give you an honest assessment of your case and work tirelessly to suppress any evidence that was illegally obtained by police from being used against you.

Local, state, and federal drug crimes

Most of the time, people who are charged with drug crimes are not career criminals, but addicts who need help. Several counties in this area, including Jackson, Clay, Lafayette and Ray, have drug courts that pursue “restorative justice.” These courts help addicts get off drugs, instead of putting them in jail.

If you qualify for these programs, we may be able to help you enter these programs and get your case dismissed. If accepted, you will go through intensive treatment and follow-up programs that help you stop using drugs.

Receive the help and support you need

Baldwin & Vernon have represented a client who was charged with being part of a drug conspiracy. The case involved millions of dollars’ worth of prescription drugs. Our client was accused of laundering money, but had no knowledge of the involvement of drugs.

We successfully proved that he was not part of the conspiracy, and was able to get sentencing reduced to one day in jail.


Criminal Defense

  • Theft
  • Drug Crimes
  • Homicide
  • Assault
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Weapons Charges
  • Tampering
  • Shoplifting
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Vehicular Accidents

These charges can include:

  • Drug possession
  • Drug possession with intent to distribute
  • Sale and distribution of drugs
  • Manufacturing drugs
  • Prescription drug fraud
  • Drug trafficking
  • Drug importation
  • International drug conspiracies
  • Gun crimes charged in connection with drugs
Don’t be punished for the wrong time

Don’t let a drug or other criminal charge ruin your life. Contact us for a free consultation so we can see if we’re a good fit for you, and start building a strategy to defend your rights.

108 S. Pleasant Street, Independence, MO 64050   816-842-1102

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