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Joseph P. Welch

314-730-0010
Joseph Peggs Welch
Attorney at Law
3115 S. Grand Blvd., Suite 100
Saint Louis, MO 63118
freeallprisoners.com
Phone: 314-730-0010
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

Joseph P. Welch

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NORML Criminal Defense Section

NORML Criminal Defense Section

Joseph P. Welch

About Joseph P. Welch

While most criminal defense 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. The Lit... read more »

Biography

While most criminal defense 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.

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

  • For over 10 years Joseph Welch 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 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 

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
  • 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 15 years

 Why Trial Experience 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.

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.

Map & Directions

Contact Information

Joseph P. Welch -
Attorney at Law
3115 S. Grand Blvd., Suite 100
Saint Louis, MO 63118
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Phone Numbers:
  • Office: 314-730-0010
  • Office: 816-533-5529
  • Mobile: 314-494-9729

Practice Areas

Area of Practice % Focus
Criminal Defense75.00%
Marijuana Defense25.00%

Credentials

Bar Licenses

State Status Year Acquired
Missouri Member in Good Standing 2001

Education

School Major Degree Year Graduated
Washington University School of Law 2000

Associations

Position Organization Duration
Member Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2014 – present
Board of Directors - St. Louis Chapter National Lawyers Guild 20122015
President Greater St. Louis NORML 20112014
Member Missouri Association of Trial Attorney 20102013
Member National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2007 – present
Member National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws 2006 – present
Member NORML -National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws 2006 – present
NORML Criminal Defense Section present

Awards and Recognitions

Recognition Granting Organization Year
Top 40 Under 40 The National Trial Lawyers 2014
"10 Best" Criminal Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys 2014
"Skilled Defense Lawyer" St. Louis Evening Whirl 2014
Top 100 Trial Lawyer The National Trial Lawyers 2014

Speaking Engagements

Presentation Title Conference Year
Defending the Right to Dissent St. Louis National Lawyers Guild 2013

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