Joseph P. Welch, Attorney at Law

Have you been busted for drugs or charged with a serious crime? Are you a protestor or dissenter facing government oppression? Do you have murder, robbery, or weapons charges pending against you? Are the police looking for you? You need an aggressive and experienced trial attorney to fight for you. Joe Welch has the skill, experience and track record to make sure that your rights are protected.

Why Trial Expertise is Key

Whether or not you want a trial, you need an attorney experienced in trying cases in front of a jury – the only leverage you have against the government prosecutors in a criminal case or insurance companies when trying to get compensation for your injuries is your lawyer’s willingness to take your case to trial.

Many criminal cases get dismissed right before trial, and even losing your trial is often better than settling for a plea bargain. Most lawyers never take cases to trial – they take your money and walk you into a plea bargain without investigating your case or fighting for you at all. Many of Joe Welch’s felony cases get reduced to misdemeanors or dismissed completely because he’s willing to put up a fight.

The prosecutor knows whether or not your lawyer is willing to put up a fight.  If your lawyer has never tried a case, the prosecutor holds the upper hand and will force you into a less favorable plea bargain. Prosecutors aren’t afraid of trials, and your lawyer better not be either.

The Top Drug Lawyer

While many lawyers handle drug cases, Joe Welch has earned his reputation as “the drug lawyer” through a combination of winning drug cases in the courtroom, advocating to end drug prohibition, and having the expertise to understand the science behind drug cases.  Fellow lawyers in the community often seek his advice on novel or confusing issues in their own drug cases. He has been a leader in Missouri’s cannabis legalization movement for over a decade and is the go-to lawyer for marijuana issues.

The Litigator

  • Joe Welch has tried countless cases before judges and juries and has litigated hundreds of motions to suppress, dismiss, or otherwise undermine the state’s cases against his clients.  His courtroom success and experience is unrivaled

The Advocate

  • Joe Welch has defended more protestors and dissenters in his career, and defended them more successfully, than any other lawyer in Missouri
  • For 20 years he has been an active, public, and outspoken member of NORML – long before marijuana legalization had the public support it now does
  • Drafted the 2009 petition to decriminalize marijuana in the City of St. Louis
  • Has helped prosecutors challenge their own opinions about drug laws and mass incarceration
  • He publicly fights for a society where law is no longer the tool of oppression

The Scientist

  • Joe Welch also has a bachelors degree in geology, a “hard science”  of physics, math, computer science and chemistry where he studied and used many of the same instruments that the state’s drug chemists use in analyzing controlled substances
  • Few lawyers know more about mass spectrometry, gas chromatography, specific versus presumptive tests, the Wiley library, and lab quality control than he does
  • He also has extensive knowledge regarding the science of addiction, drug treatment and drug testing
  • Whether you’re charged with possession or DWI or even murder you need a lawyer who understands the lab reports

The Highest Credentials

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers
  • Ranked 10/10 Superb, Avvo’s highest rating
  • Graduated from top ranked Washington University School of Law
  • Attended the Missouri Bar CLE’s Advanced Trial College
  • Teaches a CLE on defending protesters in criminal cases
  • Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Member of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL)
  • Member of the Missouri Association of Trial Lawyers (MATA)
  • Member of the NORML Legal Committee
  • Card carrying member of the ACLU
  • Member of the Missouri Civil Liberties Association (MOCLA)
  • Member of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
    • Practiced law for over 20 years

Security Focused

Your communications with your criminal defense lawyer should be private and secure – that’s why Joe Welch uses state of the art encryption to communicate with you and protect your secrets.

The choice of a lawyer is an important one and should not be based solely on advertisements. Past results afford no guarantee of future results. Every case must be judged on its own merits..

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