Criminal Law

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Wagstaff & Cartmell provides a specialized team of experts for criminal law cases. John P. O’Connor and P.J. O’Connor have 56 years of criminal law experience and have been trusted by many to aggressively represent their interests, with results that speak for themselves.

  • Unparalleled reputation in the legal community
  • Results have garnered local and national media attention

If you have been charged with a Federal, State or Municipal Crime, believe you may be under State or Federal investigation, or want to learn more about our criminal law work, please contact us at 816-701-1100.

Taking an aggressive yet practical approach

We’re aware of the fear and anxiety associated with being under investigation or charged with a crime at any level, so client comfort is a top priority. You have rights and it is extremely important that you understand them. Defense cases are often strengthened by the investigation provided in early stages of representation. We take pride in doing our own investigation to ensure facts are brought to light. Our knowledge and experience will guide you through this process.

We handle criminal appeals at both the State and Federal level and are prepared to defend clients who are charged with or being investigated for any of the following:


  • White Collar Crimes and Corporate Criminal Investigations
  • Fraud / Embezzlement / Theft
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Violations / Antitrust Violations
  • Public Corruption / Bribery / Perjury and False Statements / Grand Jury Investigations
  • Money Laundering
  • Mortgage / Real Estate Fraud
  • Computer / Internet Crimes
  • Drug Conspiracy / Distribution / Possession / Trafficking / Importation / Production
  • Felon in Possession of Firearms or Ammunition / Carjacking
  • Bank Robbery and other Hobbs Act Violations / Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property
  • Capital Murder and Kidnapping
  • RICO / Racketeering
  • Fish and Wildlife Violations


  • Sex Crimes
  • Murder
  • Armed Criminal Action
  • Assault All Forms (Domestic)
  • Drugs
  • Robbery / Stealing / Embezzlement / Theft in General
  • Bad Checks / Forgery
  • Tampering
  • Domestic Violence
  • Weapons / Firearms Offenses
  • Arson
  • Appeals
  • Probation and Parole Hearing
  • Post Conviction Hearings


  • DUI / DWI
  • Driving While Suspended or Revoked
  • Domestic Violence
  • General Ordinance Violations

We’re happy to help whatever the case may be.

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