Richmond Missouri Criminal Defense - for as little as $450


Ever wondered why so many people end up pleading guilty to their criminal charges (either in Richmond Missouri, or anywhere else in the greater Kansas City MO area)?  Because the vast majority cannot afford to pay out thousands of dollars to a law firm.  As a result, the only option available left is to represent yourself.  But when this set of circumstances arises, these folks wind up pleading guilty.


Why does a self-represented person usually end up pleading guilty to a Richmond MO criminal charge?  Let’s take a look at a real world scenario:  Say you’ve been charged with Class A Misdemeanor shoplifting (in other words, the value of the allegedly stolen goods was less than $500).  You can’t afford to pay an attorney two thousand dollars (or whatever it is) to help you, so you go to court by yourself.  After waiting for what seems like forever, your name is called to stand before the judge.  Once you are at the podium, the judge reads off the charges, then asks how you wish to plead (guilty, or not guilty).  At this point, most people believe this is their big chance to tell their version of events (or ask a question or two).  But when you try to do this, the judge cuts you off (rather abruptly).  “I’m not your attorney, so I can’t answer your questions.  All I need to know is how you wish to plead to these charges.  Guilty, or not guilty.  If you plead not guilty, then I will set the matter for a trial date.  If you plead guilty, then you’ll receive a fine, but you can leave tonight.”


Now when most folks hear “you can leave tonight,” they believe that they have just been given a literal get-out-of-jail-free card.  So as you can probably imagine, the person pleads guilty to the charges, then goes home a happy man/woman.  But what the judge will not tell you about is all of the short- and long-term consequences that you have to deal with in the future.  Because once you plead guilty, the state of Missouri will convert that into a criminal conviction on your permanent record.  So if you go to apply for a job two years from now (even a job that you are otherwise abundantly qualified for), the potential employer will undoubtedly run a simple criminal background check on you.  This report (which are becoming increasingly common) will reveal the past conviction, and just like that, you are no longer the leading candidate for the position (if not rejected outright).  The same thing would be true when you try to rent an apartment, take out a loan from the bank, or even when you want to get a room at certain motels.

But this is precisely why we keep our fees as low as possible.  Because we firmly believe in the idea that everyone (regardless of their economic circumstances) should have access to a good, professional, knowledgeable, and experienced defense attorney.  In some situations, we can get your current charges reduced to a lesser infraction (something that will never appear on your record);  there might also be a possibility in which we can get you into a program (like probation), and upon successful completion of the program, the charges are erased;  and in still other circumstances, we can (depending on the facts of your case) get the charges dropped altogether.  All you need to do is get in touch with us.  We look forward to hearing from you!

The affordable Missouri 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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