Criminal Law

If you are arrested and charged with any criminal offense, Missouri lawyer Peter C. Edwards says:

•    Don't talk to anyone about your case, especially law enforcement.
•    Don't answer questions or reply to accusations without first consulting a criminal defense attorney.
•    Don't allow any search to be done of you or your property or submit to any test without demanding your right to have an attorney present.

This is very general advice. If you have additional questions, please contact us directly for a personal consultation on your own criminal defense concern.

Charged with a Crime? Call now for a free consultation at 417-781-2214
If you are facing criminal charges, you may be terrified about what will happen next. A criminal conviction can have devastating effects on a person's life, including jail or prison time and heavy fines. If you have been accused of criminal activity, or if you are under investigation for a white collar crime, it is important to contact an experienced lawyer as early as you can. Joplin attorney Peter C. Edwards treats each clients' cases accordingly: with great care, respect and diligence.

Mr. Edwards understands Missouri and Federal criminal law and procedure. He has a strong conviction that all accused persons have the right to the best defense. He has devoted his career to protecting our Constitutional rights. He represents individuals charged with crimes in federal, state, county and municipal courts in Jasper County, Newton County, Barton County and McDonald County, and nearby communities including Carl Junction, Carthage, Webb City, Oronogo, Duquesne, and other small towns in Southwest Missouri. Mr. Edwards is also licensed in federal court and handles federal criminal drug and white collar cases.

Defense for Clients Charged in State and Federal Court
We have handled a variety of felony cases, defending clients who are facing charges for: Violent crimes: involuntary manslaughter, robbery, kidnapping, assault and battery.

•    Crimes against property: theft, burglary, shoplifting and destruction of property.
•    DWI's, DUI's and drug crimes.
•    Embezzlement
•    Securities fraud
•    Credit card fraud
•    Identity theft
•    Stealing

Start building the defense you need to protect your rights. Schedule your appointment by calling 417-781-2214 or send an email to