Criminal Defense

● Weapons Offenses ● Self-Defense ● Expungement

Our attorneys provide defense counsel to individuals charged with crimes throughout the state of Missouri. We handle criminal cases ranging from traffic tickets, DWI’s and drug offenses, up through felonies, including unlawful use of a weapon, self-defense and other weapons offenses . Our attorneys will investigate the charges, review the evidence, as well as the credibility of any testimony, and advise our clients on the best course of action in resolving the allegations. We will also confirm that law enforcement had probable cause to conduct any search, seizure or arrest, and whether or not our clients were properly advised of their constitutional rights.




Chapter 571 RSMO sets forth weapons offenses.  Familiarity with these statutes is important to anyone who owns, possesses or carries a weapon.


Taking an action which results in the death or serious injury of another person in Missouri is a criminal act.  However, in certain instances, that criminal act may be justified and excused under the law depending on the facts and circumstances under which it occurred.  Anytime a person is forced to defend themself, and death or serious injury to another occurs, that person’s liberty is in serious jeopardy and an attorney should be engaged at the earliest possible time following the incident.  No communication should occur with law enforcement or any other person regarding the incident until you have consulted with your attorney.


Missouri has traditionally been a very unfavorable state when it comes to expungement.  With the passage of SB588, effective January 1, 2018, expungements will be available in Missouri for a wider spectrum of offenses.


The subject of restoration of your 2nd Amendment rights following a criminal matter can be subtle and complicated.  For example, there is a difference between a conviction on the merits of a felony and a plea of guilty to a felony.  And restoration of your 2nd Amendment rights is not guaranteed.  Specific attention must be given to restoration of these and other rights.  For a general discussion of the topic, see the material at the Collateral Consequence Resource Center.


If the worst day of your life happens and you are forced to defend your life or that of your family, the last thing you want to worry about is how to pay for your legal defense.  There are a number of options available for individuals who bear arms for self-defense.  Some of these options are “pre-paid legal” funds, and some are insurance backed plans.  We have no ownership interest in any of these plans, but will gladly work with any form of insurance or pre-paid legal plan that you have selected for your legal defense strategy.  We do not endorse or recommend any particular plan.  Although not an exhaustive list, some of these plans are referenced in the table below:

Plan Description of Plan Links and Downloads
Criminal Defense

US Law Shield

Vendor Website

Buyer’s Guide

Criminal Defense

US Concealed Carry Association

Vendor Website

Buyer’s Guide

Criminal Defense

Armed Citizen Legal Defense Network

Vendor Website

Buyer’s Guide

If you do not see your particular plan listed, please let us know and we will check into it.

We strongly encourage you to establish a retainer relationship with us regardless of your payment method in order to be prepared in the unfortunate event that you are forced to defend your life or that of your family.  We have a number of retainer options available and will be happy to discuss those with you free of charge.

For more information about Criminal Defense contact:


Wesley T. Kozeny, Esq.
Direct Dial: 314-744-5680

*Admitted to practice in:  MO,KS,NE,OK,IL,NY,TX

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