General Information Regarding Criminal Defense in Kansas City MO - starting at $450


We have put together a list of common issues that come up when discussing a criminal infraction in Kansas City MO.  As changes in the law work their way through the courts, we will update this section.  But as we have learned over the years, there are many misunderstandings when it comes to how the criminal justice system works in our country.  


Without a doubt, the most important topic has to do with the way in which a typical case is handled.  Most Americans simply cannot afford to hire a Kansas City MO criminal defense lawyer.  This is because the typical practitioner charges very large sums to take care of basic criminal charges.  We do not follow this approach.  The reason why is simple:  we firmly believe that every single citizen should be able to afford quality, expert representation when facing their legal affairs.


Here’s a good example – a person charged with shoplifting (i.e. theft) is more often than not a misdemeanor (depending on the value of the goods that were allegedly stolen).  Many prosecutors are willing to amend this kind of charge down to some lesser offense (with a few attached conditions, such as the completion of community service, restitution of the value of the allegedly stolen goods, and/or a class designed to teach people the consequences of breaking the law).  But when they speak to an attorney about their options, that attorney will charge fees that are sometimes one to two thousand dollars.  The majority of Americans cannot afford to pay out such fees (especially folks who find it difficult to keep up on their rent and utilities).

So what does such an individual end up doing?  They end up representing themselves (without the aid of an professional lawyer).  But this set of circumstances almost always results in the same outcome:  the person ends up pleading guilty to the charge.  And even though that individual may not actually do any jail time for their offense (which is precisely what can happen with a misdemeanor charge), they now have a permanent blemish on their permanent record.  This blemish will stay with them forever.

Why is this a bad outcome?  Because this will severely hurt your chances of living a decent life in the future.  For example, most employers run criminal background checks on potential employees.  You may be the most qualified candidate for the job in every other respect, but if you have a blemished record, you can easily be screened out (and miss out on a great opportunity).  The same would be true for seemingly simple things like renting an apartment, taking out a business loan, or even opening up a checking account.  

Instead of dealing with these negative outcomes, give us a call instead.  We will thoroughly examine the facts of your case, and explain your full range of options.  So please do give us a call right away!

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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