Criminal Defense


Criminal Defense

The right to have a lawyer is a fundamental American Right protected in our Constitution. Our Founding Fathers understood from experience the arbitrary power of government to oppress the individual and guaranteed American Citizens the right to have skilled lawyer in resisting that power. The power of an accusation, whether true or not, can impact upon on all areas of your life, most importantly on your individual freedom.

Stephen Wyse having Chaired a Missouri Bar Criminal Law Sub-Committee on DNA Exoneration of the wrongly convicted has become a leading voice on the flaws in our justice system that enable the innocent to be wrongly convicted. An expertise that has lead sponsors of criminal justice reform in the Missouri legislature to summon Stephen Wyse as witness before House and Senate Committees considering reforms to our justice system.

Even the actually guilty need a champion to protect their Constitution rights while presenting their side of events and fight for a fair resolution that takes into consideration their individual circumstances and achieve a reasonable resolution that best suits the interests of justice as obtained by a zealous advocate.
Knowing how to protect your rights and invoke your right to a lawyer, who is willing and able to champion your interests is the most important step a citizen can take when confronted by our criminal justice system.

In Criminal Defense questions: Have you been arrested for or charged with a serious crime in Missouri? While this can be a challenging and overwhelming time, the good news is that you do not have to go through it alone. Remember, just because you were arrested does not mean you will automatically be convicted! Attorney(s) at the Wyse Law Firm, P.C. are here 24/7 to stand by your side and help you fight for your freedom.

When you work with the Wyse Law Firm, P.C., you will have confidence knowing that we have extensive trial experience at both the state and federal level. Our firm has won jury verdicts of ‘Not-Guilty” in cases ranging from Felony Assault, Drug Crimes, Sexual Assaults and Driving While Intoxicated cases. Knowing how to win and being willing to fight gives our clients an advantage that not every law firm provides. Trial tested experience helps us know how the prosecution thinks and know how to win your case.


Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

– John Adams, Argument in Defense of the British Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials, Dec. 4, 1770.

It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished. But if innocence itself is brought to the bar and condemned, perhaps to die, then the citizen will say, “whether I do good or whether I do evil is immaterial, for innocence itself is no protection,” and if such an idea as that were to take hold in the mind of the citizen that would be the end of security whatsoever.

– John Adams, Founding Father and 2nd President of the United States

Let Us Defend Your Freedom

The Wyse Law Firm, P.C. handles all types of criminal cases:

  • minor infractions and misdemeanors
  • drunk driving
  • drug possession
  • narcotics sales
  • theft and grand larceny
  • white collar fraud
  • embezzlement
  • sex offenses
  • arson
  • conspiracy
  • murder


Our Trial-Winning Representation

Our Columbia and Central Missouri criminal defense lawyers can use their knowledge and experience to secure a favorable outcome for your case, whether that means your charges are reduced or completely dismissed.

Our thorough defense includes a complete investigation, obtaining copies of all documents, and interviewing witnesses related to your alleged criminal offense. This enables our team to assert a vigorous defense on your behalf.

With us on your side, you can rest comfortably knowing that we are doing everything we can to fight for you and protect your future. 

Contact us today

As a former Military Police Investigator and as an Investigator for the state of Missouri, Stephen Wyse knows what resources the prosecutors do and do not have. Often, charges will get filed without a full review of all the evidence. Rushed and haphazard investigations are obvious to us and we catch every missed detail in order to fight against this injustice. Our investigative services have revealed key evidence that caused the prosecution to dismiss charges carrying the possibility of life in prison. Investigative depositions are the key to finding the truth that helps our clients achieve the best outcomes. When it matters a thorough depositions of police officers or other key witnesses enables to effectively try our client’s case. Understanding investigations and what goes into police reports and what doesn’t gives our firm a unique advantage that we offer our clients.

Contact us today if you are ready to talk with a proven defense team.