Kearney Missouri Criminal Defense - for as little as $450

CRIMINAL DEFENSE IN KEARNEY MO

There are few things in life that can consume your attention like a criminal charge (whether it is in Kearney MO, or somewhere else in the greater Kansas City Missouri area).  The state has made the claim that you have violated a law, and now you are in the position of figuring out what to do.  For many people, the answer would seem obvious:  hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.  But in reality, the vast majority of people in Kearney MO (and indeed, all across the United States) do not retain the services of a lawyer.

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

Why?  Because people simply cannot afford the fees that are typically charged by the legal world.  As a result, these individuals end up representing themselves in court.  However, there is a really large drawback that comes with this option:  most self-represented folks do nothing more than plead guilty.  For an explanation as to why this typically happens, let me briefly describe how the experience normally plays out in court when you are by yourself.  First of all, it will be held at nighttime (when most misdemeanor and traffic tickets are handled), so you’ll have to make arrangements to cut out of work earlier (and maybe even a babysitter for the kids).  Eventually, your name will be called to come forward and stand before the podium.  The judge will then read off the charges leveled against you, and then ask how you wish to plead (guilty, or not guilty).  At this point, most folks start to tell their side of the story (or pose a question about how the system works).  But the judge will cut you off quickly:  “I’m not your attorney, so I cannot answer those questions.  All I need to know is you wish to plead guilty, or not guilty.  If you plead not guilty, then I will set the matter for a trial at a later date.  If you plead guilty, then you will be given a fine, and you can leave tonight.”

NO ONE SHOULD BE LEFT BEHIND TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES

Of course, this is like hearing sweet music playing in your ears.  You can leave tonight!  With only a fine!!  So as you might expect, almost all these folks plead guilty, and walk out.  But what no one ever tells you about are the short- and long-term consequences that will come your way in the future.  So now let’s take a look at those consequences.  Imagine it is now two years later (and you have all but put the memory of your courthouse experience out of your mind).  You are in the middle of applying for a job for which you are completely qualified.  The interviews have all gone great, and you seem to be the lead candidate for the position.  The last procedural item that must be done is a simple criminal background check (that is becoming a standard practice in most industries).  But what you never realized is that guilty plea from two years ago was converted into a criminal conviction on your permanent record (that a background check will absolutely reveal).  This in turn will very likely result in your being dismissed as a candidate.  The very same thing would be true when you try to rent an apartment, take out a business loan, or stay in a motel. 
 
But it does not have to work out this way.  There is a much better route you can take.  And it starts by getting in touch with us.  We will answer all your questions, and make sure that you end up in the best possible position.  In some cases, we can get the charges reduced to a lesser infraction (like “Littering,” something that will not appear on your permanent record).  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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