Raytown Missouri Criminal Defense - for as little as $450


There are fewer things in life that are more stressful or trying than when someone is charged with a crime, whether it is in Raytown MO, or anywhere else.  In a single moment, your life can change, and the very concept of freedom can be at risk.  And when I speak of “freedom,” I am not necessarily talking about potential jail time.  Because the full range of consequences that can result from even a simple misdemeanor will stick with you like luggage.  


The vast majority of individuals charged with a crime in the state of Missouri do not hire an attorney to help them.  As a direct result of that decision, these same folks end up doing nothing more than pleading guilty to their charges.  The reason for this is pretty straightforward (and entirely understandable):  most people simply cannot afford the fees that a typical attorney asks for.  And when you cannot afford to hire an attorney, you are left with one remaining option:  self-representation.  But this is also why all of these good folks end up pleading guilty.  Because if you have no idea how to navigate the complex world of the criminal justice system, then chances are you will plead guilty to the charge.


And to be perfectly honest, most judges will steer “pro-se defendants” (i.e. people who are representing themselves) towards a guilty plea.  Let me set the scene for you:  It’s 7:30pm on a Tuesday night.  There are a hundred other people/defendants sitting in metal chairs waiting for their name to be called to stand before the judge at the podium.  As each person approaches the bench, the judge reads aloud the charges that have been leveled against you.  “You’ve been charged with a Class A Misdemeanor Theft by the state of Missouri.  How do you wish to plead?”  At this point, most people think this is their chance to give their version of events (a chance to describe what really happened).  “Well, Your Honor, it didn’t exactly happen like that.  Because when I went into WalMart that night, I had my friend’s daughter with me, and …”  But the judge will cut you off quickly.  “I’m not interested in hearing about what happened.  I’m asking you how you plead to these charges!”  And this is when the perspiration starts to tumble down your brow.  Your words get shaky, your hands start to tremble, and a big lump starts to form in your throat.  

It’s no fun being in this kind of situation.  Especially if you are alone, and in that moment when the whole world seems to be against you.  So again, what do most people do in this kind of situation?  They plead guilty (usually after the judge mentions that if you do in fact pleading guilty that night, you can leave immediately, with no jail time, and a fine of a few hundred dollars).  That doesn’t sound too bad, right?  This is why I pointed out at the beginning of this page about the long-term consequences of pleading guilty.

A guilty plea will be converted into a criminal conviction on your permanent record.  And your record is searchable.  This means that any future employer will likely run a criminal background check on you, see the conviction, and likely screen you out as a candidate (and go instead with the guy or gal who has a clean record).  The same would be true when you subsequently try and rent an apartment, take out a loan, or in some cases, when you try to get a motel room.

But this is exactly why we keep our fees as low as possible.  No one should have to have to go without adequate legal representation just because they can’t afford it.  No one should have to severely limit their future prospects just because they do not have same disposable income as their neighbor.  We believe firmly in the idea that everyone should have access to affordable, expert, professional legal counsel.  And it all starts with a phone call to 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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