Odessa Missouri Criminal Defense - for as little as $450


When it comes to a criminal charge in Odessa Missouri (or really anywhere in the greater Kansas City MO area), you’ve basically got two choices:  1) you can hire an attorney to help you get through the process;  or 2) you could represent yourself (and effectively serve as your own attorney).  The vast majority of Americans go with option #1 (self-representation).  But the reason why this option is selected might surprise some people.


Criminal defense is not cheap.  Indeed, most defense attorneys charge fees in excessive of a thousand dollars for even the most mundane criminal matters.  They justify these fees by pointing out that a criminal charge is a very serious matter (and should therefore be handled with the utmost care), that you never know what sort of issues or obstacles might pop up in the course of a criminal proceeding, and that their years of experience in handling similar cases is worth every penny they charge.  These stated reasons are well thought out and you can’t hardly argue with any one of them.  The problem, of course, is that only a small percentage of people can actually afford to pay those kind of fees.  And as a result, you end up with most of these folks pleading guilty to their criminal charges.


Why would someone plead guilty?  Let’s set the scene:  It will be a hearing set in the evening (as most local criminal / traffic dockets are).  There will be a ton of people who are also there representing themselves.  Eventually, the judge will call your name to come and stand at the podium.  The judge will then read off the charges that have been leveled against you.  Then the judge will ask, “How do you wish to plead?  Guilty, or not guilty?”  It is at this point in time that people believe they have finally been given the opportunity to speak, to give their version of the events in question, or to at least ask a few pertinent questions.  But if you do, the judge will cut you off quickly:  “I am not your attorney, so I cannot answer questions or give legal advice.  All I need to know right now is how you plead.  If you plead not guilty, I will set the matter for a future trial date.  Or if you plead guilty right now, you will be given a fine, and you can leave tonight.”

If you are like most folks, you will quickly weigh the options, and plead guilty.  And it does sound like a pretty decent deal:  all you are getting is a simple fine, but no jail time, and you didn’t even have to hire an attorney.  Piece of cake!  But what judge will not tell you is about all consequences that will transpire in the future (when you decide to plead guilty).  To begin with, a guilty plea will be converted into a criminal conviction on your permanent record (where it will remain for the rest of your life).  So if you apply for a job somewhere down the line, your potential employer will undoubtedly run a criminal background check as part of the process.  This report will unveil the conviction.  And as a result, you will likely be screened out as a candidate for the position (even if you are the most qualified person for the job).  The same would be true for any number of things that you attempt to do in the future:  such as, renting an apartment, taking out a loan from the bank, or even when you try to stay in a motel room.

But things do not have to proceed in this way.  There is an alternative that is much better.  And it all starts by giving us a call.  We purposefully keep our fees low so that you can avoid the above-described scenario.  We do this because we firmly believe that everyone should have access to an experienced attorney regardless of their economic status.  In some situations, we can get the current charges reduced to a lesser infraction (so that nothing negative appears on your record), and in other limited circumstances we can actually get the charges dropped altogether (but that will depend greatly on the facts of your individual case).  So please do get in touch with us soon!!

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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