Client was accused of struggling with officers while being arrested on an outstanding felony warrant. Attorney Brian Cooke was able to persuade the prosecutor to dismiss all charges by pointing out that the officers were in plain clothes and did not show their badges.
Client was accused of allegedly threatening to make his former boss a widow and making dozens of offensive facebook posts about her. At trial, we were able to show that the Petitioner was not credible and that the facebook posts were constitutionally protected speech. After a long trial, the judge made a quick ruling in favor of our client and denied the restraining order.
A Pulaski County man was pulled over for an alleged traffic violation. After the stop he consented to a search of his vehicle which resulted in the discovery of multiple illegal drugs. Attorney Brian Cooke was able to show that the initial stop and detention were illegal. As a result, the prosecuting attorney had no choice but to dismiss the case.
Client was accused of DWI and leaving the scene after allegedly stumbling out of a gas station with a 30 pack of bar and rear-ending a parked car. Police claim he failed all field sobriety tests, became belligerent, and refused a breathalyzer. During a pre-trial hearing attorney Brian Cooke was able to show that the police officer did not correctly administer the field sobriety tests. Furthermore, attorney Cooke was able to argue that there was no probable cause to arrest the client because enough time had lapsed between the alleged driving and arrest that it was impossible to prove the client was intoxicated at the time he was accused of driving.
Client was charged with Assault in the first Degree and Armed criminal action after allegedly shooting a man during an altercation. Client had previously been to prison and was on parole and probation for the same charges, with a backup sentence of 15 years. We were able to get the client discharged from his probation due to legal technicality this saving him from an automatic 15 year sentence. After preliminary hearing on the new charge, we were able to show that the eyewitnesses were not credible and that the client likely had acted in self-defense. The state agreed to reduce the charges to a low level felony and agreed to a five year sentence. As a result, our client will be eligible for parole after two and half years.
Client was charged with DWI drugs after allegedly almost hitting a police car, pulling over on curb, failing all field sobriety tests, and refusing a blood draw. He faced a one year revocation of his Driver’s license for refusing the blood test. We were able to show that the officer’s version wasn’t credible, that the client passed a drug test a week after the stop, and that the client likely failed the field sobriety tests because he was forced to walk 90 yards through a muddy field before the tests were administered.
Crawford County man was charged with felony possession of methemphetamine after police found methemphetamine in his truck and admitted to ownership of the drugs. We used Missouri’s Good Samaritan law to argue that the drugs were found as a direct result of our client seeking medical attention for a passenger in the truck. As a result, the charges were dismissed entirely and our client can move on with his life with a clean record.
A St. Louis City Man was charged with Murder and Armed Criminal Action after allegedly shooting and killing a man in downtown St. Louis. Attorney Brian Cooke served as co-counsel to notable St. Louis criminal lawyer Phil Eisenhauer during the trial and re-trial of the defendant. Shortly before the third trial, the State dismissed the case.
Client was charged with Murder in the Second Degree and Armed Criminal Action after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend at a party in front of multiple eyewitnesses. The initial offer was 25 years in prison. After a vigorous investigation, we were able to persuade the prosecutor to reduce the murder charge to manslaughter and to dismiss the armed criminal action charge altogether. As a result, client will be eligible for parole within the next three years.
Sometimes the toughest cases don’t make for the most sensational headlines. A client was on probation to a particularly tough St. Louis City Judge and probation officer. After multiple violations, multiple arrests while on probation, and a prior revocation, the judge and probation officer had vowed to send the client to prison for seven years. Despite these tough circumstances, attorney Brian Cooke was able to get the client into a drug treatment program, sober living housing, and Suboxone treatment. Through his contacts in the recovery community, Mr. Cooke was able to arrange for a grant which paid for all of the aforementioned, at no expense to the client. During the revocation hearing, Mr. Cooke presented the plan to the judge, forcefully arguing over the P.O. that it would do much more to “further recovery than playing spades in the penitentiary for seven years”. The judge reluctantly agreed, reducing the client’s bond from “no bond allowed” to a personal recognizance. After successfully completing the treatment program, the judge agreed to continue the client on probation instead of prison sentence. As a result of client’s outstanding progress, client will be discharged from probation shortly.