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If you are facing federal criminal charges in Missouri, you won’t just be defending yourself from the state of Missouri, you will be going up against the United States government. For an opponent like that, you need the top criminal defense attorneys on your side and a top federal criminal lawyer in Springfield, MO can be found at Carver, Cantin & Mynarich.

What Type of Cases are Heard in Federal Court?

The list of potential criminal charges is long and includes any crimes that occur on or against federal property or agents but some of the most common are:

  • Drug Trafficking
  • Bank Robbery
  • Child Pornography
  • Mail, Securities, Internet Fraud
  • Counterfeiting or Forgery
  • Money Laundering
  • Tax Violations
  • Capital Murder
Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

Experienced Federal Criminal Defense Attorney in Springfield, MO

Federal Criminal Defense Attorney
in Springfield, MO

Thomas Carver, Shane Cantin, and Erica Mynarich all have extensive experience litigating criminal cases and have been recognized by their peers with awards of excellence, proving themselves to be the top federal criminal defense lawyers in Springfield, MO.

Tom has practiced law for over 43 years and represented almost 300 clients in criminal cases. Aside from being elected President of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2001, Tom has been awarded numerous accolades throughout his distinguished career, including being named Lawyer of the Year in both 2013, 2015, and 2018 for the southwest Missouri region in the area of white collar criminal defense.

An attorney since 1993 and a member of both the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Shane has proven himself one of the top federal criminal defense attorneys in Springfield, representing clients in United States District Courts in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Illinois. He has worked as a federal criminal lawyer on over 500 serious felony cases and he regularly represents clients in court on cases involving fraud, complex financial crimes, child pornography, and a host of other offenses.

Erica has extensive training and experience in trial advocacy and has represented all manner of cases before the Missouri Court of Appeals and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, racking up honors and accolades along the way. In 2016, she was awarded the Lon O. Hocker Award by the Missouri Bar Foundation and in 2017, she was the recipient of the David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award.

When the chips are stacked against you, you need the best attorneys to help even the odds and the team at Carver, Cantin & Mynarich had proven time and again to the be the top federal criminal defense lawyers in Springfield, MO.

Federal Courthouse Springfield, Missouri

The federal courthouse in Springfield, Missouri is located at:

222 N. John Q. Hammons Parkway
Springfield, MO 65804

The federal courthouse is right across the street from the Carver, Cantin & Mynarich law offices. As with anything, familiarity is a huge advantage and the courthouse in Springfield is our “home field” so to speak, with our attorneys having tried countless cases there. When facing federal criminal charges, you want a federal criminal  lawyer that knows the ropes and there no one is more familiar with the lay of the land at the courthouse in Spring than the top criminal defense attorneys at Carver, Cantin & Mynarich.

Federal Criminal Defense Attorney - Federal Courthouse Springfield, MO

Federal Courthouse Springfield, Missouri

Missouri Federal Court – Location and What You Need To Know

Missouri Federal Court is very different from Missouri State Court. Missouri Federal Court has its own rules and procedures that require an experienced federal criminal defense attorney to navigate through them and maximize your chance of successfully defending yourself. A lawyer who is excellent in State Court but lacks experience in the Missouri Federal Court is not going to provide the same level of defense as a criminal defense attorney in Springfield, MO will.

Missouri Federal Grand Jury – Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

The Federal Grand Jury is one of the first procedures in a criminal trial and one of the most important. The Grand Jury, in this case the Missouri Federal Grand Jury, is a closed-door process by a group of 16-23 citizens who determine whether a prosecutor can bring charges against a potential defendant – in this case, you.

Read: How Federal Grand Juries Work by NPR

Missouri Federal Grand Juries are a more relaxed affair than normal court proceedings, featuring only an Assistant United States Attorney, a stenographer, and the witness subpoenaed to deliver testimony. After hearing all the evidence presented by the Assistant United States Attorney, the Missouri Federal Grand Jury will decide whether there is enough evidence to warrant a trial and if so, they will return an indictment.

Carver, Cantin & Mynarich have extensive experience with the Missouri Federal Grand Jury system. As the top federal criminal defense attorneys in Springfield, MO, with over 500 criminal defense cases combined, our attorneys have dealt with Missouri Federal Grand Juries hundreds of times and we are more than capable of navigating these proceedings to ensure that your rights are being respected in the process.

Missouri Federal Indictments – Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees that no person can be charged for a crime in federal court unless indicted by a Grand Jury; thus, Missouri Federal Indictments can only come from a Grand Jury. Unfortunately, that bar is not too difficult to pass and once an indictment has been handed down, you will find yourself staring down some potentially serious penalties as federal crime sentences are often much harsher than state sentences.

If you are facing a Missouri Federal Indictment, you will end up having to go to trial against a top-class lawyer working under United States Attorney Tom Larson, a decorated attorney with over 45 years of legal experience. That level of high quality experience can only be matched by having the top criminal defense attorneys in Springfield, MO in your corner. It can only be matched by Carver, Cantin & Mynarich.

State Court vs. Federal Court – Which Court Meets the Criteria

Although it’s possible your charge may be prosecuted in the Circuit Courts of Missouri, if it meets certain criteria, it will be prosecuted in federal court, especially when a lot of money is involved.  The federal government has many more resources available to it in the prosecution of these kind of cases and many times more than your average county prosecutor.

Federal courts are courts of the United States. Each state has at least one. In Missouri there are two. Springfield, Missouri is in the Western District of Missouri.

United States Courts Western District of Missouri

  • Southern Division (Springfield, MO)
  • Southwestern Division (Joplin, MO)
  • Central Division (Jefferson City, MO)
  • Western Division (Kansas City, MO)
  • St. Joseph Division (St. Joseph, MO)

The Eastern District is headquartered in St. Louis but there is also a federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau and it is in the Eastern District also. In the Western District of Missouri the main federal court is in Kansas City but there are also courts in Springfield and Jefferson City.

Felonies - Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

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