Grandview Missouri Criminal Defense - for as little as $450


There is one guiding principle at our firm, it is this:  an individual, regardless of his or her income, should not go without legal representation when confronted with a criminal (or traffic) charge in Grandview MO (or anywhere else in the greater Kansas City MO area).  And this is precisely why we keep our fees as low as possible (so that the greatest number of people can gain access to affordable, yet still expert-level representation.  


Because the fact of the matter is, the vast majority of people all across the United States do not retain the services of an attorney.  Why?  There are usually two main reasons:  1) People seem to believe that a misdemeanor charge is not a big deal, so why bother with the expense of an attorney?;  or 2) People simply do not have the funds necessary to hire most law firms, so why bother with the expense of an attorney?  I would like to address both of these reasons in turn (because I believe that neither is an appropriate or smart course of action to take).


As mentioned above, most folks act as their own lawyer.  But people who represent themselves almost always end up doing the same thing:  they do nothing more than plead guilty to the underlying charge.  Let me set the scene to illustrate why:  You show up to night court around 6:30pm.  There is row after row of individuals sitting in chairs.  You take a seat, and wait for your name to be called by the clerk.  Eventually, your case is announced, and you make your way to the podium in front of the judge.  At this point, the judge reads off the charges that have been leveled against you (this is commonly referred to as the “arraignment”).  After reading the charges, the judge asks, “How do you plead to these charges?”  Most people assume that this is their chance to give their version of the events in question, so that start telling a story, “Well Your Honor, it didn’t quite go like the police officer said.  I was actually just walking down the street, minding my own business, when all the sudden …”  Here is where the judge will cut you off by saying something like, “I’m not asking you to give me a summation of the facts.  I’m asking how you wish to plead.”  Most people freeze up at this point, but the judge is still waiting for an answer:  “Do you want to schedule the matter for a trial?  So you can call witnesses?  Or do you just want to plead guilty tonight?  If you plead guilty, you will only be assessed a small fine.”

Now this is when your face starts to brighten, because if the only thing that you’re getting hit with is a fine, that makes it sound as if you are getting off scot free!!  And this is exactly the pit into which most good people fall.  They end up pleading guilty, and drive home with a smile from ear to ear (because they believe they have somehow gotten around the system).  But what no one ever tells you about are the long--term consequences of a guilty plea.  How so?  A guilty plea will be converted into a criminal conviction on your permanent record.  This record is searchable.  So if you apply for a job six months later, your potential employer will undoubtedly run a simple criminal background check.  That check will expose the conviction, and the chances of you getting the job will have dropped to nearly zero.  The same set of circumstances would apply to other similar situations, like renting an apartment.

But things do not have to play out this way.  There is a much better course of action that is available to you.  And it starts by making a call to us.  Our team is ready to hear from you, and we are eager to learn about you and your case!

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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