Gladstone Missouri Criminal Defense - for as little as $450


If there is one thing that I commonly stress to people about a criminal charge (either in Gladstone MO, or anywhere else in the Kansas City MO area), it is that you have more options than simply pleading guilty.  This may sound like an obvious statement, but the point is usually lost on most people.  In fact, the vast majority of folks never hire an attorney at all.  


The reason for this is almost always economics:  most people cannot afford to shell out thousands of dollars to hire a criminal defense attorney.  And if they do not have the funds to retain an attorney, they are left with only one alternative:  self-representation.  But here is where things get really dicey.  If you have ever been to a night court docket in Gladstone MO (or anywhere else in the KCMO area), you will notice a ton of people sitting by themselves in rows and rows of seats.  Out of this sea of people, maybe only a small handful have attorneys fighting for them.  And the rest?  They are on their own.


Each and every one of these good folks will be called up one by one to stand at the podium in front of the judge.  The judge will read off the charges that have been leveled against you, then ask how you wish to plead.  At this point, almost everyone will assume that this is their big chance to give their version of events.  But the judge will cut you off immediately.  Why?  Because the judge is not at all interested in learning about your version of the events in question.  He/she only wants to hear either:  guilty, or not guilty.  And if you plead not guilty, the judge will then set the matter for a trial (at which point you will have the opportunity to put witnesses on the stand, and present pertinent evidence).  Most people do not want any part of that!  So what do they do instead?  They plead guilty.

Now it is true that most misdemeanors do not end up with someone going to jail.  In fact, you usually walk out of court that night with only a smallish fine.  But trust me when I say that you have not gotten off scot free.  Because pleading guilty to the misdemeanor will result in a criminal conviction going onto your permanent record.  And there is a funny thing about your permanent record:  it is permanent (just as the name implies).  So when you go to apply for a job in the future, your potential employer will run a simple criminal background check.  This report will reveal the conviction, and the chances are good that you’ll be passed over for the job.  The same would be true for that apartment you’ve got your eye on.  Because the potential landlord will run the same background check.  

But it does not have to play out this way.  You have a much better alternative.  And it all starts with a phone call to us.  We firmly believe in the idea that everyone (regardless of their economic situation or household budget) should have access to expert, professional legal counsel.  In other words, you shouldn’t be left to fend for yourself.  And this is precisely why we keep our fees as low as possible.

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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