Parkville Missouri Criminal Defense - for as little as $450


Every year in America, tens of thousands of people plead guilty to criminal charges that have been leveled against them (the same would be true in Parkville MO, or anywhere else in the greater Kansas City Missouri area).  But it would be a mistake to assume that these folks are any worse than your typical American.  Because in reality, the only real difference between an individual who is convicted of a crime, and an individual who has their charges reduced or dropped, is that the latter group of people could afford to hire an attorney.


And this is why the vast majority of folks (all across the country) end up pleading guilty to their charges:  they simply could not afford to pay out thousands of dollars to a defense attorney, so that had to represent themselves.  But in this kind of scenario, the self-represented person does not have much knowledge as to how the criminal justice system works (let alone an understanding of the nuances involved in a discussion with the prosecutor about the statutory elements of a crime).  


Here is basically what will happen if you decide to defend yourself:  Court will be held at night, around 6 or 7pm (so make sure you get a babysitter).  You will wait for what seems like an eternity before your name is called.  You will make your way to the front of the courtroom, and stand at the podium before the judge.  The judge will then read aloud the charges, and then ask you how you wish to plead.  If you are like most people, you’ll then try and use this opportunity to state your side of the story (or even to ask a few questions about matters that confuse you).  But if you do, the judge will cut you off quickly:  “I’m not your attorney, so I cannot answer any of your questions or give you any legal advice.  All I need to know right now is how you wish to plead.  Guilty, or not guilty.  If you plead not guilty, I will set this matter for a future trial date.  If you plead guilty, then you will be given a fine, and you can leave tonight.”

As you might have already guessed, most people hear this explanation, and opt to plead guilty.  And why not?  All they are receiving is a simple fine, but they won’t have to conduct a trial by themselves, nor will they have to do any time in jail.  Sounds great!!  But it is what the judge does not tell you about that is the most damaging.  Because if you choose to plead guilty, that plea will be converted into a criminal conviction that will immediately end up on your permanent record.  And that’s when the short- and long-term consequences start to be felt.

For instance, let’s say it is two years down the road (and you have all but forgotten about your evening in court).  And now you are in the final stages of a job application (a job that you are more than qualified for).  The last procedural step in the process involves your potential employer running a simple criminal background check on you (which are becoming more and more frequently used).  The report reveals the conviction, and now all the sudden you have been screened out as a candidate.  The same thing would happen if you go to rent an apartment, take out a business loan, or even when trying to get a room at a motel.  

But there is a much better route for you to take.  And it starts by giving us a call.  We make sure to keep our fees as low as possible, so that everyone can have a chance for legal representation.  Because otherwise, the deck is stacked against you (and you’ll suffer a lot of hardship in the future).  For instance, we can very often get the current charges reduced to a lesser infraction (down to something that will never show up on your record).  All you need to do is get in touch with us.  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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