Excelsior Springs Missouri Criminal Defense - for as little as $450

CRIMINAL DEFENSE IN EXCELSIOR SPRINGS MO

There are many misdemeanor-level charges that Excelsior Springs MO can charge you with:  trespassing, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, assault, and shoplifting are a few of the more common examples.  But the unfortunate reality is that the vast majority of the folks charged end up representing themselves.  And the main reason for this is because not too many people have the funds to hire an attorney.  

WE KEEP OUR FEES LOW SO THAT EVERYONE CAN HAVE ACCESS TO AN ATTORNEY - AS LOW AS $450

But not having access to legal services will leave you in a vulnerable position.  Because when you have to represent yourself (the court describes this as “pro se”), the judge and prosecutor will treat you as if you are in fact an attorney (regardless of whether or not you actually went to law school;  this is the catch of representing yourself).  So here is an example of what it is like when you are by yourself:  You show up to night court (around 6:30pm), and are told to sit amongst a sea of people (who have also been charged, and similarly are without formal legal representation).  Eventually, you are called to the podium in front of the judge, and you are asked to make a plea.  At this point, most people assume that this is their big chance to ask some questions and/or present their version of events.  However, the judge will cut you off quickly, and ask again, “How do you plead?  Guilty, or not guilty?  If you plead not guilty, I will set this matter for a trial at a later date.  If you plead guilty, you will be given a fine, but you can leave tonight.”

NO ONE SHOULD BE LEFT BEHIND TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES

Now when people hear this, they believe (incorrectly) that they have somehow gotten off scot free.  That all they have to do is plead guilty really quick, and walk out free and clear that night!  So as you might have already guessed, this is precisely why so many people do just that:  plead guilty.  But what nobody tells you in court is about all the short- and long-term consequences of this decision.  This is because when you plead guilty, your charge will turn into a criminal conviction on your permanent record.  

And a conviction of this nature will stay on your record forever (with very limited circumstances in which it can be expunged).  So how does this directly affect you?  Let’s look at a specific example:  Fast forward to a year after you have plead guilty.  Now you are applying for a job that is perfect for you (because you are more than qualified, and it’s something you’ll love).  But the last part of the application process involves a routine criminal background check.  Once this report is run, it will reveal the conviction.  And this in turn will very likely remove you as a candidate for the job.  The same thing could occur when you try to rent an apartment, take out a loan, or even when you get a motel room.  

This is why we keep our fees as low as possible.  Because we do not want someone to have to go through that nightmare, and have their choices limited in the future.  Our goal would be to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, professional, and expert legal counsel.  In some cases, we can even get the existing charges reduced to a lesser infraction (so that nothing negative goes onto your permanent record).  But the only way we can help is if you reach out to us first.  We look forward to hearing from you!

The affordable Kansas City MO criminal defense attorneys at Brinkman & Alter, LLC, have been helping people with their misdemeanor charges for over ten (10) years.  Our goal is to make sure that the charges leveled against you do not stay on your permanent record, and do any lasting damage.  And we want to do all of this at an affordable price.  The fees for a typical misdemeanor case start at $450.  But the initial consultation to discuss your legal issues is free of charge.  So contact us today!!

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