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Anthony J Muhlenkamp

Anthony J Muhlenkamp

I currently manage my own firm, Muhlenkamp & Bernsen, Attorneys at Law, LLC
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence...
  • Illinois, Missouri
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I am a criminal defense attorney. That is all that I do. I do not dabble in other areas of law. I solely practice criminal defense. Whether your case requires a jury trial, plea negotiations, or appellate advocacy, I have done all of these things effectively and continue to do them on a daily basis. Criminal charges have serious consequences that can follow a person for life. I strive to have a close connection with all of my clients to ensure that they feel comfortable and are always fully informed about their case. I encourage my clients to ask questions and to call me if they are unsure about anything. When my clients call me, unless I am in Court, I actually answer the phone and call them back promptly. This includes calls at night or on weekends. If you are my client, you will have my cell phone number. You will not continuously reach my voicemail or a secretary. The choices that my clients and I make about their cases are important and I insist that my clients are active participants in their defense. I strive to provide them with candid and well informed advice that comes from working in this field for the past twelve years. I am licensed to practice in Missouri and Illinois. Although the bulk of my practice is in and around the St. Louis area I routinely travel to other jurisdictions in each state. Regardless of your specific issue, whether it be a municipal, state or federal charge, please feel free to contact me for a free consultation. I am more than willing to answer your questions and provide you with my professional opinion.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Domestic Violence
  • Appeals & Appellate
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    I will meet with any potential client or their friends/family at no charge in order to wrap my head around their specific issue, provide them with a comfort level through initial explanation, and answer their specific questions.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I routinely work out flexible payment plans with many of my clients based on their specific financial situation.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois
Missouri
8th Circuit
Languages
  • English
Education
Southwestern University School of Law
J.D. (2003) | Law
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Although I went to Los Angeles, California to attend law school, I could not wait to get back to St. Louis. St. Louis is my home and and I truly enjoy practicing law here. I've been working in St. Louis for the past ten years.
Activities: Member of the Interscholastic Trial Advocacy Program
University of Missouri - Columbia
B.S. (2000) | Business Administration
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Awards
Missouri and Kansas Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Missouri and Kansas Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Missouri and Kansas Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Professional Associations
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Chairman - Criminal Defense Section
- Current
Activities: This position requires me to report criminal law issues to the BAMSL Executive Committee and also plan speaking engagements for various topics in criminal law in order to provide reliable updates on changes in the law to criminal defense attorneys in the community.
Missouri Bar # 55029
Member
- Current
Young Lawyers Section Council - Missouri Bar
Council Member
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Speaking Engagements
Criminal Law Update, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Headquarters - Downtown St. Louis
BAMSL
The Basics of Handling a Criminal Case, Stepping Up and Stepping Out: New Lawyer Experience, Marriott, St. Louis Airport
The Bar Plan
The Basics of Handling a Criminal Case, Stepping Up and Stepping Out: New Lawyer Experience, Hilton, St. Louis Airport
The Missouri Bar
Basics of Jury Instructions - Criminal, How to Series - Missouri Bar, Telephone Seminar
The Missouri Bar
Potential Issues in Criminal Law for Young Professionals, Missouri College
Invited Speaker
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Website
Muhlenkamp & Bernsen, Attorneys at Law, LLC homepage
Legal Answers
7 Questions Answered

Q. In St. Louis mo is 60 days in jail on a class c felony domestic , first offence, no prior record.
A: The answer is maybe. It will depend on your judge, your prosecutor, your jurisdiction and most importantly your lawyer and the specific facts of your case and whether you have a prior record. Your attorney should be able to give you a decent estimate as to whether it is or not.
Q. Does property damage in the first degree have to be proven malicious or do accidents count too?
A: Malicious is not the right word. But the State would have to prove "intent to damage property". If it was truly an accident, that would be a plausible defense to the charges. However, that would depend on the specific facts of your case. People get in car accidents every day and do not get charged with crimes because they are only accidents and nobody was intentionally trying to hit another car. Please make sure you have an attorney that can explore that defense with you as property damage in the first degree is a felony in the state of Missouri.
Q. I have not been conficted did the have the right to ca my doc and talk about my charge ?
A: Unfortunately bonds often have conditions. If it is a drug charge, often times the defendant will be subject to random UA testing at a private probation office as a condition of your bond. Make sure you don't have any dirty drops or your bond could get revoked. If you have a lot of clean ones and stay out of trouble while the case is pending try speaking to your attorney about filing a motion to amend the conditions of your bond so that you do not have to report as often. It may work if the judge sees that you have been doing a good job with no violations.
Q. A husband has non-consensual with his wife while she is unconscious and films it without her consent. Is this illegal?
A: It is not legal to do that. A husband doing this basically raped his wife. The wife, assuming she is not cool with what happened, could file a police report and seek prosecution.
Q. Can I be rearrested if I was already arrested, posted bond, went to court several times and the charges were dropped?
A: I am assuming that the charges got dropped at the preliminary hearing because certain witnesses did not appear or the state was otherwise unable to proceed? If that happened, the case was probably dismissed "without prejudice" which means they have the right to refile charges if they get things figured out. I agree it is not fair. Unfortunately it happens all of the time. I suggest you retain counsel and try to have a conversation with your bondsman. Some bondsmen will agree to write another bond if it is arising out of the same incident and the case has simply been dropped then reissues. Others will not. Your lawyer may need to have a conversation with the bondsman to try and make this happen.
Q. Can a 7 year old be charged w assault
A: Technically yes. It would be in juvenile court. Seven is pretty young though. Usually I think a more common issue may be a informal referral to juvenile court for the family/juvenile to gain some services through the system. For a seven year old to actually get charged with an assault in juvenile court, it would have to be a pretty serious case. I do not think I've ever seen a case in Missouri with a child that young getting charged, although I'm sure it has happened.
Q. Three days ago my husband was "detained" by his PO and it is claimed that he violated his Parole.
A: Since he is on parole, not probation, his options are limited because there is not really a judge watching over his case. Instead, he is dealing with the Missouri Department of Corrections Parole Board. A person does not have nearly as many rights in front of the parole board as they do in front of a judge and often times a lawyer is limited in what he can do with the parole board. However, he should at least know what his alleged violation is. I recommend trying to play nice with his PO and see if you can get some information out of them and see what is going to happen. If that does not work, hire him an attorney to start making some calls on his behalf to try and find out what specifically is going on.
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Muhlenkamp & Bernsen, Attorneys at Law, LLC
8008 Carondelet Ave.
Ste. #102
St. Louis, MO 63105
USA
Telephone: (314) 499-7255
Cell: (314) 609-6449
Fax: (314) 499-7132