Pleasant Hill Missouri Criminal Defense - for as little as $450


If you have ever been to a night court docket for criminal charges (in Pleasant Hill MO, or anywhere else in the Kansas City Missouri area), then you would have probably seen the following:  a large group of people sitting in rows of metal chairs;  a small group of well dressed lawyers (who are in and out within a few minutes);  everyone called up one by one to stand at the podium in front of the judge;  the judge reading off the charges;  the judge asking for a plea;  the individual then trying to give their side of the story (or at least ask a few questions about their case);  the judge cutting the individual off (“I’m not your lawyer, so I can’t give you legal advice.  All I need to know is if you plead guilty or not guilty.  If you plead not guilty, then I will set the matter for a future trial date.  If you plead guilty, you will receive a fine, and you can leave tonight.”);  then watching the individual plead guilty.


This is what happens in the vast majority of all criminal cases across the country.  People walk into a courtroom alone, and try to represent themselves.  But because they are unfamiliar with the criminal justice system in Pleasant Hill MO, they end up pleading guilty.  However, what the judge will not tell you is that by pleading guilty, you have ensured that life is going to be much more difficult for yourself in the future.  Because although you may believe that you’ve gotten off scot free (“No jail time!!”), in reality, the consequences are just about to begin.


What exactly do I mean by that?  Here are a couple examples:  Let’s say you plead guilty to a Misdemeanor A shoplifting charge in Pleasant Hill MO.  Two years later, you go to apply for a job that you are perfect for (you’ve got the right experience, and everyone you’ve interviewed with is very friendly).  As a simple formality, the potential employer runs a basic criminal background check on you (these reports are quite easy to get your hands on, especially for businesses and government entities).  Unfortunately for you, that shoplifting charge you plead guilty to has long since been converted into a criminal conviction on your permanent record.  The report will clearly show this conviction, and as a result, the chances of you getting the job will slip considerably.  The same thing would be true when you go to rent an apartment, take out a business loan, or when you try to stay at some motels.  

So why don’t more people hire an attorney so as to avoid this type of outcome?  The answer is pretty straightforward:  the vast majority of people cannot afford a criminal defense attorney to help them out.  And this is precisely why so many folks end up representing themselves (not because they like the idea of walking into court all alone;  rather, because their household budget does not include thousands of dollars set aside for this type of occasion).  

Which brings us to why we keep our fees so reasonable and low:  it is because we firmly believe in the idea that every single person should have access to quality, expert-level legal representation.  Because otherwise, you are facing off against a system that is completely adversarial to your best interests.  In many cases, we can get the current charges reduced down to a lesser infraction (so that nothing negative goes on your record).  In other instances, we can even get the charges dropped altogether (but that will depend greatly on the particular facts of your case).  So please do give us a call.  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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