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Stephen Michael Vighi

Criminal defense Attorney at Hillsboro, MO

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

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About Stephen

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One of the things that I think is critical to being a quality lawyer is to enjoy what you do.  I am very thankful that since I graduated from law school 15 years ago, I have always enjoyed being a lawyer.

As a lawyer, I spend lots of hours preparing cases for trial, holding the State to their burden of proof and researching whatever evidentiary issues all my cases may have.  In fact, most of my blog entries focus on the in-and-outs of these issues.  However, I learned very early in my career nothing is more valuable than the time you spend meeting with the client.  Quite frankly, it’s the part of the career that I enjoy the most.  It’s during these meetings that I feel I can make the most difference.  It is my opportunity to get to know my client.

When my clients come to the office, it is usually during the most difficult time in their life   As one can imagine this is usually not an easy time for people when they are accused of a crime.  Often there is a lot more going on than just the stress of a pending criminal case, whether it’s an addiction issue, going through a difficult loss, or simply trying to navigate the emotional aftermath following an accusation.

These are sometimes difficult discussions but they are well worth the time.  As our society becomes more and more computer oriented clients ask if it is truly necessary to spend the time meeting in my office.  They will always be necessary and can never be replaced by a phone call, email or quick conversation in the courthouse hallway.  The personal connection is the foundation of a strong attorney/client relationship.

When I am arguing to a judge at a final sentencing, I am amazed how many times I reference back to something my client and I discussed in my conference room several months earlier at the beginning of the case.  If I spend the time getting to know my client, I can then in turn paint my client as a person, not just a “Defendant” to the State, to the Jury, or to the Judge.

Throughout my career I have had many former clients approach me and tell me how well they have been doing the last several years.  I have been blessed to see many people get their life back on track and live productive successful lives.  When I see people take advantage of these second chances it is a living example of the part of my criminal defense work that I find most satisfying.  It is why I enjoy doing this work.

A lot of people think that the accused do not deserve a second chance or could not possibly pull it together to take advantage of a second chance.  My experience shows otherwise.  As a lawyer, my relationship to my client is often the same we have to close family members – they may have their flaws, but I am not going to sit back and watch someone else push them around.

 

Location

The Thurman Law Firm
301 Main St
Hillsboro, MO, 63050

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Posted by Derek | May 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If your fighting for your life, get the best lawyer in Jefferson county..mr vighi!
I was in a tough situation fighting an assault 1st with deadly weapons charge and armed criminal action because of some kids I've never met or seen before tried robbing my "goods", and they didn't realize that some people actually fight back when being robbed at gunpoint, Steve went from me facing a Class A Felony which is 15- 30 in Missouri and armed criminal action is a mandatory 3 years down before parole, he got the ACA dropped and the Class A Felonly dropped to a Class B assault and I went from facing 33 years max to facing 5 years ON PROBATION AND ZERO DAYS IN JAIL! Now you tell me another Attorney that can do that with me only once stepping in the court room, he's an AMAZING lawyer and WE'LL WORTH HIS PRICE (and honestly I woulda paid more than he originally wanted for results like that lol) I Recommend him to anybody who is in desperate need of a BADASS attorney ..
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Posted by Lisa | November 5, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
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Steve Vighi is a highly intelligent, very aggressive lawyer who could not have given me a better outcome for my case. I could not have been more thrilled with his knowledge, courtroom presence and advise from beginning to end with my case. Mr. Vighi was a pleasure to have represent me and I would give him the highest recommendation.
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Posted by Heather | October 10, 2015
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EXCELLENT!!
Greatest lawyer I have ever met. Very affordable, down to earth, straight forward, and a diligent hard working lawyer. Myself and four people I know have hired him and are very pleased.

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Resume

AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Thurman Law Firm
  • 2009 - Present
  • Associate
  • Thurman Law Firm
  • 2004 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Missouri State Public Defender System
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Associate
  • John R. Boyce PC
  • 1998 - 2001
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Education

  • Saint Louis University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Associations

  • Jefferson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association
  • Past President
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Woman's Bar Association of Jefferson County CLE
  • Changes in DWI law 2010 - Panel Discussion
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (25)
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Violent crime Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred Stephen cases in the past, and all of the clients were very satisfied with Stephen."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly recommended. Excellent advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Stephen and i am very familiar with commitment and dedication to his clients. He's an excellent attorney and advocate"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have read many of Mr. Vighi's answers on this site and have found them to be accurate and well written."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Steve for almost 5 years now, and in my opinion, believe he is the best criminal defense attorney in Jefferson County. He is very well respected by his peers and will fight hard for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When it comes to criminal defense in Jefferson County, Missouri, there is nobody better than Steve. He's a tactful and client oriented attorney and a joy to work with as a partner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is a great attorney to have on your side. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve is an excellent trial attorney and extremely well-respected in his community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He's especially knowledgeable in Jefferson County, Missouri which can be a tricky jurisdiction."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Vighi is my go-to guy for Jefferson County criminal matters. He and his firm do a great job!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the opportunity to observe Mr. Vighi during a jury trial, and he is a truly excellent lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Vighi is an excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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