Liberty Missouri Criminal Defense - for as little as $450


So let’s assume you have been charged with a misdemeanor in Liberty MO (or somewhere else in the greater Kansas City area).  You quickly review your options, and you decide that it makes sense to look into hiring an attorney to help you out.  But when you start making calls, it becomes abundantly clear that there is a barrier between you and most law firms:  they want a massive amount of money upfront in order to perform any services.  And after a while, you determine that you simply cannot afford to retain a lawyer.  


This is the very position in which the vast majority of Americans find themselves.  As a result, most folks decide to represent themselves (and see what happens).  If you’ve ever attended a night court docket, you can see this very scenario play out in real time.  It will be a courtroom full of individuals charged with various misdemeanors and/or infractions.  Almost every single one of these folks will be “pro se” (in other words, they will be acting as their own attorney).  Each of them in turn will be called up to the podium to stand in front of the judge.  The judge will read off the charges leveled against you (this is more or less what you would call an “arraignment”).  Once the charges have been stated, the judge will ask you how you plead.  


As an attorney, I have watched this scene play out a hundred times.  And this is the part that always (without fail) makes me wince.  Why?  Because I know exactly how its going to play out.  Most people will at this point start to describe their version of events to the judge.  “Well, Your Honor, I didn’t exactly steal those things from WalMart.  What really happened was… I mean, it was kinda funny because… but I really didn’t do what they said I did… what happened was …”  But the judge will cut them off quickly, because the only thing the judge wants at that point in time is a plea.  “Do you plead guilty, or not guilty?  If you plead not guilty, then I will set the matter for a trial.  Or you could plead guilty tonight, and be done with it.  You will pay a small fine, but I will not assess any jail time.”

So what do you think most people do in this nerve-racking situation?  They quickly plead guilty!  And they do this because they believe (in that moment) that they have gotten off scot free!!  No jail time?  Just a small fine (that I can pay off in installments)?  Where do I sign up??  But what people do not realize or appreciate is the long term consequences of this kind of decision (how could they;  those consequences will only manifest themselves in the future).  

What types of consequences am I referring to?  Here one common example:  Let’s say you have plead guilty to a simple misdemeanor theft charge (the value of the allegedly stolen goods was less than $500).  This will immediately turn into a criminal conviction that will become a part of your permanent record.  And by “permanent record,” I quite literally mean forever.  Once such a charge is on your record, it is next impossible to get it off.  Now let’s say it’s six months later, you’ve pretty much put the whole theft charge behind you (because you would rather move on with life), and you are in the middle of an application process for an ideal job opportunity.  The would-be employer thinks you look great on paper, so he decides to run a simple criminal background check (which is very common).  The theft charge shows up prominently, and the employer chooses to hire someone else to fill the open spot.  

But it does not have to end up this way.  There is another option available to you.  And it starts with a phone call to us.  We purposefully keep our fees as low and reasonable as possible.  Because we believe firmly in the idea that everyone (regardless of their economic situation) should have access to expert, professional legal services.  So please do get in touch with us.

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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