Our Past Successes With Homicide And Violent Crimes Cases
A St. Louis County woman was charged with two counts of Armed Criminal Action, Robbery in the 1st Degree and Assault in the 1st Degree after being accused of shooting a person while in the commission of a marijuana sale. Due to several years of aggressive pre-trial representation tactics by Dan Juengel, the State dismissed all four charges due to failure to prosecute.
A Franklin County man was charged with Murder in the First Degree and Distribution of a Controlled Substance pertaining to allegations that he was involved in the death of someone that he had allegedly sold drugs to. After almost a year of hearings and depositions, the matter was set for a jury trial. On the day of trial, the prosecutors dismissed the Murder charge and offered the defendant credit for time served on the Distribution charge. Defendant accepted the recommendation and was released from jail immediately. Matthew Radefeld handled the case for the defense.
A St. Louis County man was accused of tasing and stabbing a man during an altercation and was charged with two felony counts of Assault 1st and Armed Criminal Action. After Dan Juengel’s persistent argument, representation and mitigating factors surrounding the case, the Prosecuting Attorney ultimately dismissed the case.
Assault in the Second Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Harassment in the First Degree, and Peace Disturbance charges were issued against an Iron County man surrounding allegations of a road rage incident at a State Park. After a half day preliminary hearing, Matthew Radefeld was able to get all charges, but the Harassment in the First Degree dismissed. However, the prosecutors were still wanting to put the defendant in prison for at least four years. There was no other choice but to take the matter to a jury trial. Then, after a year of litigation on this matter, Matthew Radefeld handled the defense at a jury trial and was successful in obtaining a ‘not guilty’ verdict after the jury deliberated for only 16 minutes, which included time for them to get refreshments delivered to the jury room.
A St. Louis County man was charged with Murder in the 2nd Degree, two counts of Armed Criminal Action and Robbery in the 1st Degree after being accused of robbing, killing a person during an alleged dispute. Represented by Dan Juengel, both Armed Criminal Action charges were dismissed, along with Murder in the 2nd Degree. Dan was able to get a favorable disposition by the State amending the Robbery in the 1st Degree to a lesser offense. The Court sentenced him to time served and was immediately released.
A former Pine Lawn Police Officer was accused of assaulting another person on the parking lot of a bowling alley in the City of St. Louis. The former officer had just been convicted of conspiracy, deprivation of rights and falsifying records in the Eastern District of Missouri. This conviction prevented the former officer from being able to testify. After a three-day trial consisting of negative evidence against the former officer, Matt Radefeld was able to convince members of the jury that there is no credible evidence proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the former officer committed the charged offense. Matt was able to hang the jury and get a mistrial on the case. The prosecutors later offered a deal of time served concurrent with the 51 months sentence the former officer received in his federal case. FJR did not represent the former officer at his previous federal trial.
A Franklin County man was accused of physically assaulting his ex-girlfriend during an altercation and was charged with one felony count of Domestic Assault in the 2nd Degree. Through aggressive pre-trial investigation, including depositions, Matt Radefeld and Joe Flees were successful in getting the case dismissed by the State.
A former Army Infantry Sergeant was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter for allegations stemming around a fatal drunk driving accident on highway I-70 in the City of St. Louis. After conducting depositions and having a Motion to Suppress Evidence granted by the Court due to blatantly dishonest statements made by the investigating officers- the parties were able to come to a plea agreement wherein the defendant was given probation for a period of five years. Matthew Radefeld handled the case for the defense that the defendant was very thankful that he did not go to prison.
A Ballwin, Missouri housewife was charged with Domestic Assault in the First Degree and Armed Criminal Action after she had discharged a firearm in the direction of her husband as they were arguing about an issue from earlier in the day. Matthew Radefeld was able to get the charges dismissed after a preliminary hearing. However, the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office would not relent so they sought an indictment for a charge of Unlawful Use of a Weapon. After months of litigation, Matthew set the matter for a bench trial as there were numerous evidentiary issues with the case that would be best left for a judge to decide. After a final pre-trial hearing, Radefeld was able to get the 911 tape evidence excluded and the State could not proceed any further. The case was dismissed by the Court and the nightmare was finally over for this woman and her family.
A Jefferson County man was charged in the City of St. Louis with felony Assault Motivated by Discrimination in the Third Degree. The charges stemmed from a high-profile news report about individuals who were driving down main streets in the City of St. Louis, throwing eggs at persons standing at bus stops and yelling racial slurs. The prosecutors were wanting a prison sentence as they considered to be a hate crime. After a significant period of time litigating certain issues and conducting hearings, Matthew Radefeld was finally able to convince the State to enter into a plea agreement for probation with no conviction on his record. The defendant was then able to get off his probation after only serving half of his original probationary period.
A 17-year old St. Louis County minor was charged with Assault in the Second Degree for allegations stemming from a brawl at a high school party in South County. The brawl involved an off-duty police officer who had allowed his son to have an under-age drinking party had discharged his weapon during the course of the altercation with the minor. There were very conflicting statements involving the events surrounding the brawl. After vigorously cross-examining the off-duty police officer, the State agreed to amend the charge to misdemeanor Assault and to a brief period of probation. Matthew Radefeld handled the case for the defendant.
A Ripley County man was charged with domestic assault first degree and armed criminal action against his own brother, whom he had always had a tumultuous relationship with. After various court hearings, Matthew Radefeld won the preliminary hearing and convinced the prosecuting attorney not to refile charges against the defendant on the condition that he moves out of the joint residence for at least a year.
A St. Louis County woman was charged with three counts of harassment for allegedly writing obscene letters to her ex-boyfriend, his neighbors and friends. There were also allegations of stalking and writing disparaging remarks about the ex-boyfriend on Facebook and LinkedIn. After conducting depositions and a thorough investigation, Matthew Radefeld was able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss all charges the weekend before trial was to commence.
Two Jefferson County men were charged with burglary first degree, assault in the second degree and felonious restrain against their sister’s ex-boyfriend who had previously assaulted her. After several court hearings, Matthew Radefeld won the preliminary hearing and convinced the prosecuting attorney not to refile charges against the two men on the condition they stay away from the alleged victim for one year.
A St. Louis County woman accused of trying to run over her neighbor in her car had the charges dismissed against her after two days of jury trial. Matthew Radefeld handled the trial and after cross-examining several witnesses, the prosecutor was willing to dismiss the charges upon completion of an anger management class and 10 hours of community service.
A St. Louis County man was acquitted after a trial of all charges pertaining to a domestic assault and failing to comply with law enforcement officers. Matthew Radefeld handled the defense at trial.
Matthew Radefeld was appointed by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to represent a defendant in an attempt to get his criminal sentence reduced. Mr. Radefeld was successful in doing so and was able to ultimately get his sentence cut in half.
Two health care workers were accused of voluntary manslaughter surrounding the death of a 16-year-old mental health patient who was in their care. The patient had asphyxiated when being restrained by the workers. Matthew Radefeld was able to convince prosecutors not to issue criminal charges against these workers, however the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services administratively found that they were the perpetrators of abuse and should be put on a neglect and abuse list available to employers in health care. Mr. Radefeld appealed this finding all the way up to the St. Louis County Circuit Court. Mr. Radefeld argued at trial that this was an unfortunate accident, and the health care workers were not to be blamed as they were just doing their jobs and did not utilize unnecessary force during the restraint. The Circuit Court agreed and overturned the decision of the state of Missouri.
A Ferguson man was accused of assaulting his live-in girlfriend. She filed an order of protection against him. Matthew Radefeld handled the defense at the hearing and was able to get the girlfriend’s petition dismissed by the court. Based upon the cross-examination of the girlfriend, Mr. Radefeld was able to show the prosecutors that her claims of abuse were not credible thus preventing criminal charges from being filed against the man.
A non-U.S. citizen health care worker was charged by the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office with assaulting a mentally handicapped patient. Matthew Radefeld conducted depositions and a thorough investigation into the alleged eye witnesses. Mr. Radefeld was then able to convince the prosecutors that the charges were false, and the witnesses had motives to make these claims against the woman. The charges were ultimately dismissed, which prevented the woman from being deported.
A Jefferson County man was charged with domestic assault and resisting arrest. After depositions of the alleged victim and witnesses were taken, the prosecutors were not confident in going forward with the charges. Matthew Radefeld was able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss all charges against the defendant.
Matthew Radefeld was successful in getting a petition for an order of protection dismissed by the court after a full hearing. The petitioner was the girlfriend of the defendant who was accusing him of assaulting her. After cross-examination, Mr. Radefeld was able to show the court that the girlfriend was the initial aggressor, and the defendant didn’t do anything but defend himself against her actions.
A Dent County man was charged with tampering with a judicial officer when he allegedly threatened to kill his probation officer. At preliminary hearing, Matthew Radefeld cross-examined over 10 people and showed the court the problems with the allegations. The court dismissed the charges against the defendant and continued defendant on his probation.
A Franklin County woman was charged with assault second degree after she allegedly tried to hit someone with her car as she sped away from a bar fight. After a preliminary hearing and deposition of the alleged victim, the prosecutors amended the charge to misdemeanor assault, and probation was agreed upon. Matthew Radefeld handled the defense that prevented defendant from going back to prison.
A Velda City police officer was charged in St. Louis County Circuit Court with three counts of assault alleging that he had unlawfully assaulted two juveniles and one adult while he was arresting them. The officer refused to take any deal presented to him by St. Louis County prosecutors. On the morning of trial, defense counsel Matthew Radefeld argued that the matter should be dismissed due to a violation of the statute of limitations, which was granted by the court.
A St. Louis city man and three other motorcycle club members were allegedly involved in a high-speed chase with law enforcement officers with the Crawford County and Franklin County Sheriff’s departments, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The chase lasted over an hour and ended in defendant being found in a person’s detached garage. Upon his arrest, defendant was charged with numerous offenses, including felony resisting arrest, assault of a law enforcement officer first degree, burglary first degree, and numerous traffic offenses in both Crawford and Franklin counties. After various legal arguments in both jurisdictions and after a lengthy preliminary hearing, Matthew Radefeld was able to convince the prosecution that they would not be successful at trial, and the matter should be dismissed because of identification problems by the officers. The prosecutors agreed, and all of the charges were eventually dropped.
St. Louis County wanted to lock a young man up for 20 years for a crime he did not commit. He was charged with assault in the first degree for allegedly shooting another young man at the Jennings High School. Dan Juengel interviewed all of the witnesses personally, took numerous depositions and stressed the problems in the state’s case to the prosecuting attorney’s office. The state finally agreed to amend the charge and grant the young man probation. He currently is at home raising his young child.
Felony gun charges against a St. Louis County man were dismissed by the judge. The man accused had a gun in his car, and the police said that because he had a traffic warrant, he was a fugitive. The attorneys were able to convince the judge that the prosecution was misinterpreting the law.
Armed criminal action and assault second charges were refused by St. Charles County. A man was accused of physically assaulting his girlfriend and a friend, and threatening his girlfriend with a loaded 9mm during an argument. After Frank, Juengel & Radefeld, Attorneys at Law, conducted an investigation into the background of the alleged victims and presented damaging evidence of the alleged victims’ character, charges were refused by the prosecutor.
Assault charges against a St. Louis city man were dismissed by the prosecution. The man was a day care operator charged with assaulting one of the children. After investigation by the Frank, Juengel & Radefeld, Attorneys at Law, the case against him was dismissed.
A St. Louis city man was charged with domestic assault. After pretrial motion hearings, the state dismissed all charges against him. The defense was led by Matthew Radefeld.
A St. Louis city man charged with assault in the second degree was acquitted by a jury. The complaining witness in the case had suffered a broken jaw from the attack, but evidence at the trial was presented that the accused was acting in self-defense. Matthew Radefeld handled the case for the defense.
A prison inmate, who had previously plead guilty to three counts of assault in the first degree and three counts of armed criminal action in the city of St. Louis, was released from his period of incarceration based upon the filing of a habeas corpus petition by the firm. In the hearing on the petition, Matthew Radefeld was successful in arguing that not only was the inmate innocent of these charges, but also the inmate’s former plea of guilt was involuntary and was based upon a false promise made by the Circuit Attorney’s Office. After serving three years of an 11-year sentence, the inmate was released from prison.
The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District overturned an order of protection against a man accused of stalking his neighbor and the neighbor’s son. The court determined that the circuit judge improperly applied the law and incorrectly granted an order of protection for the neighbor based solely on evidence of stalking the neighbor’s son. Matthew Radefeld handled the case in front of the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District.
A 21-year-old man was charged with murder and armed criminal action in St. Louis County. The state of Missouri claimed at trial that the defendant argued with the victim and shot him in the head with a .22 caliber revolver. They claimed he hid the revolver and then fled the scene. The man then confessed to the police that he killed the victim. The defense presented a psychiatric defense combined with a defense that the two men struggled over the gun before it accidentally went off. The defendant was found not guilty by the jury. Dan Juengel tried the case for the defense.
The firm defended Harold Richardson (a.k.a. Eddie Belk/Khalid Mahasin) on the charges of murder in the first degree, two counts of armed criminal action, possession of drugs and unlawful use of a weapon. Richardson shot and killed a St. Louis city police officer while the officer and his partner were arresting Richardson on suspicion that he shot a Berkeley police officer two weeks earlier. Richardson was using the alias of Eddie Belk at the time because he had outstanding warrants from California for statutory rape. The state sought the death penalty in this high-profile case. Dan Juengel handled the case with the assistance of Matthew Radefeld. The firm was able to successfully negotiate a plea agreement, saving the defendant’s life and avoiding the death penalty.
Dan Juengel defended a young man accused of murdering an off-duty sheriff from the city of St. Louis. The sheriff was working as a bouncer at a bar off of Manchester Road in St. Louis city. The off-duty sheriff threw the defendant and his friends out of the bar after a disagreement erupted inside the drinking establishment. The state argued that the defendant waited for the off-duty sheriff to leave and then shot him multiple times. The state presented an eyewitness and the defendant’s tape-recorded confession. Dan Juengel attacked the evidence and the confession during the 3 1/2 week trial. The defense presented two alibi witnesses, and the defendant never testified. After two days of deliberation, the jury found the defendant not guilty of all charges.