Criminal Defense

Being placed under arrest or charged with a crime is extremely stressful. The criminal justice system can be overwhelming and confusing. Consulting with a criminal defense lawyer, even for minor criminal charges, can help you understand the charges filed against you and your possible defenses. If you’ve been charged with a crime, you should be represented by a lawyer who has experience protecting individual freedoms and defending difficult cases.

The attorneys at Meyer, Shaffer & Stepans have an established criminal defense practice in misdemeanor and felony cases in both state and federal court. We are selective about the number of criminal cases we take so that we can give each case the care and attention it demands. Our attorneys are prepared to advise and represent you regarding pending criminal matters ranging from DUIs and possession charges to violent felonies.


A misdemeanor is a crime for which a person may be punished by a fine or up to a year of imprisonment. Misdemeanor crimes include traffic offenses, simple assault and battery, theft of property worth less than $1,000, and first or second offense DUIs. Prevalent issues in misdemeanor cases include investigating the validity of traffic stops or searches, ensuring that police used proper procedures, and minimizing jail time. Our attorneys have a vast array of experience in handling misdemeanor cases, including inducing dismissal of charges and getting clients acquitted at trial.


Felonies are more serious in nature than misdemeanors and are punishable by a fine, imprisonment of over a year, or in extremely serious cases, death. Felonies include sexual assault, human trafficking, burglary, homicide, and third offense DUIs, to name a few.  In addition to harsher penalties, felony convictions are accompanied by severe consequences to an individual’s liberty interests, including the possible loss of the right to possess a firearm, loss of the right to vote, and loss of the ability to receive public housing or assistance. Because of these collateral effects of a felony conviction, it is extremely important to be represented by an attorney who has the experience and knowledge of criminal laws to advance the best possible case on your behalf.

Criminal trial experience and successes:

Acquittal based on Mental Illness.
We represented a man who was accused of setting fire to a residential building. He faced up to 20 years in prison for the offense. After a four-day jury trial, the jury voted unanimously that he was not guilty by reason of insanity. This type of verdict is extremely rare, particularly when a case is tried in front of a jury, and is a testament to the skill and diligence of our attorneys.

Wyoming Homicide Cases.
The lawyers at MSS have experience defending homicide cases, including charges of vehicular homicide. In one of these cases, which involved a truck driver who struck a pedestrian the driver could not see from the cab, the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor and the client served minimal jail time. The severe penalties, including the death penalty, associated with a homicide conviction necessitate hiring a lawyer who has experience defending matters of this magnitude and a successful track record in doing so.

Wyoming Aggravated Assault Case.
Our firm obtained an acquittal on an aggravated assault charge based on an argument that the client acted in self-defense. Advancing affirmative defenses when appropriate is a critical element of defending a criminal matter– one which our law firm is able to execute based on our attention to detail and care in examining every aspect of a case.