Criminal Defense

Whether you’re facing felony or misdemeanor charges, our attorneys are ready to scrutinize every aspect of the police investigation. We are passionate about telling your side of the story. We have extensive resources, access to experts and a wealth of trial experience. We will do everything possible to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.

Criminal law is complicated. You need a defense lawyer who has a thorough knowledge of the law and complete confidence in the courtroom. Contact Holder Susan Slusher LLC today by completing the form on this page or calling 573-499-1700 for a free case evaluation. We proudly serve the communities of Columbia, Moberly, Fulton and Boonville, Missouri as well as other nearby areas.


Criminal convictions carry the possibility of serious punishments. You may not only face fines and imprisonment, but your future ability to gain employment, and the way your family, friends and colleagues see you may be significantly impacted. We understand this is a stressful time. Our seasoned criminal defense lawyers will put all of their experience, skills and resources to work for you. We know how the system operates and how to find weaknesses in the case against you.

It’s important to act quickly. The sooner you contact our office, the sooner we can begin to build your strongest case.
Holder Susan Slusher LLC handles a vast array of criminal defense cases, including:

If you face criminal charges in Missouri, it is crucial to retain legal counsel immediately. Our accomplished criminal defense attorneys will stand by your side through each step of your case and aggressively fight to protect your rights and best interests. Call us today to discuss your case for free.

What is a Criminal Defense Lawyer and How Can They Help Me?

A criminal defense attorney is a highly skilled professional who takes on a variety of important tasks over the course of a criminal case. Your defense attorney is the person who is responsible for defending you or someone you love who has been charged with a crime. The criminal defense attorney will:

  • Obtain all pertinent information regarding the alleged crime by speaking to the defendant, witnesses, police, and others. 
  • Formulate a strong defense for the case based on the information obtained, including police procedures before, during, and after the arrest. 
  • If relevant, interview an expert witness who will be involved in the case. 
  • Take part in jury selection.
  • Review the prosecution's case before it is submitted, looking for points in the case that could be refuted.
  • Analyze the evidence against the criminal defendant.
  • If relevant, have some pieces of evidence independently tested. 
  • Maintain continued contact with the client to communicate information regarding their case. 
  • Participate in a trial, if applicable, speaking on behalf of the defendant and examining and cross-examining witnesses with the intent of convincing the jury that the burden of proof has not been met.
  • Participate in sentencing or bargaining, if applicable, with the intent of convincing the jury or judge to limit the sentence. 

Does a Person Have to Speak to the Police When Arrested?

You do not have to speak to the police if you are stopped for questioning or are being placed under arrest. In the case of questioning, it is permissible to ask if you are free to leave. If you are being placed under arrest, it is within your rights to be told why. At the same time, you have the right to remain silent. The police cannot legally punish you for refusing to answer questions if you prefer to remain silent. If you do not wish to speak to the police during an arrest, it is best to state this aloud. "I prefer to remain silent." That said, you may be required to identify yourself to the arresting officer or provide your identification. Beyond that, you do not have to consent to any type of search in excess of a "pat down." While remaining calm, state "I do not consent to a search." 

How Can a Criminal Defense Lawyer Help After Someone is Arrested?

Your criminal defense attorney has one objective, to defend you. After an arrest, your attorney will defend you against all charges presented against you. Your attorney will conduct a thorough interview and investigation of the charges, looking for evidence to refute "probable cause." If your case goes to trial, your attorney is the person who will make conviction as difficult as possible. 

Should You Tell Your Criminal Defense Lawyer Everything?

If you've been arrested and charged with a crime, your defense attorney will represent you in the same manner whether you are guilty or innocent. During your interview with your defense attorney, you will be asked specific questions about the case. What your attorney is looking for during this interview are the strengths and weaknesses of the case itself. The objective is to find every opportunity to defend you on whatever basis possible. Your communication with your attorney is protected by attorney-client privilege.

How Do I Bail Someone Out?

If you or a loved one has been arrested and is facing criminal charges, the best first step to take is to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. Your lawyer is familiar with the county laws pertaining to reasonable bond terms. It is not uncommon for local police stations and jails to have what is called a "standard list" of set bond terms for more common, less violent crimes. Bond amounts may be posted on this list. If they are not, the intake officer may be asked to contact the on-duty judge to set a bond amount so bail can be posted. Making bail can be somewhat challenging. We can work on behalf of you or someone you love to expedite the process. 

If I Get Offered a Plea Bargain, Should I Take It?

In addition to preparing the defense for a case, a criminal defense attorney is also tasked with the negotiation of any plea deals that are offered. The goal of your attorney is to secure the most favorable deal possible. 

Criminal Defense Experience You Can Trust

When you choose to work with Holder Susan Slusher, LLC we will work tirelessly to obtain the best outcome in your case. We know the seriousness of the charges against you, and we will do everything possible to help you get your life back on track. We will fight harsh punishments and work to have your charges reduced or dropped whenever possible.
Our firm has more than 20 years of successful experiences, a wealth of litigation experience and extensive resources. Our criminal trial attorneys have the knowledge, skill and tenacity needed to provide the effective, individualized representation you deserve.
Being charged with a crime is stressful. You are likely feeling anxious and uncertain about your future. We understand what a difficult time this is, and we are committed to fighting on your behalf with diligence and compassion.

Call Us Today to Discuss Your Criminal Defense Case for Free

If you’ve been charged with a crime, every minute counts. Call Holder Susan Slusher LLC today at 573-499-1700 to discuss your case for free. We proudly serve communities throughout Missouri, including Columbia, Moberly, Fulton and Boonville.

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