Hello and welcome:You are right. You do need a good criminal defense lawyer. I suggest you call the St.Louis bar association lawyer referral service. Get several names and talk with them all to see who you are most comfortable with. Initial consultations are usually free or low cost. Make sure you find a lawyer with federal court experience if the case is in federal court. Here is a link to the bar association lawyer referral service: http://www.bamsl.org/public/find_law.html
The results of the case will depend on what you were charged with, what the evidence is against you and working with a skilled criminal lawyer.
Hope this helps. Best of luck,,
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