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 handled hundreds of cases before administrative tribunals in Missouri, including licensing cases before the Board of Nursing, the Office of Tattooing, Body Piercing, and Branding, the Department of Public Safety, public school boards, the Department of Revenue, the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission, and the Missouri Highway Patrol.
The LitigatorJoe Welch has tried countless cases before judges, juries, and administrative bodies, 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 and his administrative law expertise is a key to success in the new medical cannabis industry.
The AdvocateFor 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 ScientistJoe 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 CredentialsTop 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.
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.