St. Louis Criminal Defense Attorney
Types of Criminal Cases

At the Law Office of Shin Cho, every minute of every day is devoted to the practice of criminal defense in the St. Louis area.  Our sole focus has always been criminal law, constantly adapting and developing strategies for the singular objective to be the best
St. Louis Criminal Defense Lawyer available for those in need of an expert defense.  Attorney Shin Cho has defended clients in thousands of criminal cases, ranging from infractions and misdemeanors to the most serious class of felonies.  We have the legal expertise and experience needed to provide you with the most effective criminal defense. 

Choosing the right criminal defense attorney is crucial to your defense; it is a decision that can impact the entire course of your case.  For persons who have been charged with a crime or are currently under investigation, their life, liberty and livelihood are all suddenly at risk.  When the stakes are this high, it is imperative that you hire an attorney with the ability to find the weaknesses in the State’s case, and the experience and skills that you can rely on if the case proceeds to trial.     



Shin Cho has handled numerous DWI / DUI cases (“drunk driving” cases), so he knows that dealing with a DWI / DUI charge can be incredibly stressful for the driver.  If the possibility of hefty fines, incarceration and a permanent criminal conviction showing up on a background check wasn’t bad enough, the driver also faces the possibility of suspension, sometimes even revocation, of their driver’s license.  The combination of these possibilities can create a lot of uncertainty, especially for those who have responsibilities to family or loved ones, or for those seeking new employment.   

At the Law Office of Shin Cho, we understand the severity of the situation, and scrutinize each and every DWI / DUI case under a microscope.  There are numerous ways in which a seemingly “dead loser” of a case (e.g., where a breath test result is several times over the legal limit) can be transformed into a dismissal, reduced charge, or Not Guilty verdict.  If you or a loved one has been charged with a DWI or DUI, call now to set up a free consultation with an experienced DWI lawyer. 

St Louis Criminal Lawyer Shin Cho has personally seen to several drug charges being thrown out, after successfully arguing motions to suppress evidence obtained as a result of a warrantless search or seizure, or other constitutional violation. 

A good defense attorney knows that the fight isn’t anywhere close to lost simply because the police find drugs / contraband / narcotics in a Client’s house, car, or even in his or her pockets.  St Louis Criminal Attorney Shin Cho is highly-skilled and experienced in looking deeper into the evidence to see if the drugs were found in violation of his Clients’ constitutional rights. 

We represent clients in all misdemeanor or felony drug charges, including:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute  
  • Distribution of a Controlled Substance
  • Unlawful Use or Possession of Drug Paraphernalia



Most people accused of theft do not have prior criminal history involving more serious offenses, such as violent crimes.  As a defense attorney, Shin Cho knows this is an important factor to consider, both for trial preparation and plea negotiation purposes.  Additionally, oftentimes, it is much more difficult to prove a theft than the State lets on.  For these reasons and more, it is important to retain the services of a criminal defense lawyer who can ensure that your rights are protected throughout the criminal law process.

We represent clients as to all financial and property crimes, such as

  • Burglary
  • Petty Theft / Petty Larceny (Shoplifting)
  • Misdemeanor Stealing
  • Felony Stealing
  • Felony Stealing as a Repeat Offender
  • Receiving Stolen Property



Prosecutors and judges take violent crimes the most seriously, and under Missouri law, certain crimes classified as “dangerous” offenses can carry harsher sentences.

But many people accused of violent offenses are truly innocent. Often the situation arose out of self-defense, accident, misidentification, false accusations or mental illness. Furthermore, it is important to hire an attorney with the skills necessary to ensure that the burden of proof remains on the State, and the presumption of innocence protects you or a loved one at all stages of the process.

Among the violent crime charges we defend against are:

  • Murder
  • Robbery
  • Assault
  • Domestic Assault