Smithville Missouri Criminal Defense - for as little as $450

CRIMINAL DEFENSE IN SMITHVILLE MO

The advice that I am sure you have already received is this:  If you’ve been criminally charged in Smithville MO (or anywhere else in the greater Kansas City MO area), then you should really get an attorney to help you out.  But the unfortunate reality is that the vast majority of people never retain that kind of service.  Why?  Because most people cannot afford the rates that a typical defense attorney charges.  And as a result, those folks end up representing themselves.

WE KEEP OUR FEES LOW SO THAT EVERYONE CAN HAVE ACCESS TO AN ATTORNEY - AS LOW AS $450

But when you plead guilty, there are a lot of short- and long-term consequences (that nobody tells you about beforehand).  So let’s say for instance you plead guilty to a shoplifting charge (a misdemeanor charge of this nature would mean that the value of the alleged goods stolen was less than $500).  This plea will convert into a criminal conviction on your permanent record.  And it will stay on this report forever.  So when you go to apply for a job thereafter, the potential employer will undoubtedly run a criminal background check.  As a result, there is a very good chance that you’ll be screened out as a candidate for the job.  The same thing would also likely result when you go to rent an apartment, take out a bank or education loan, or even when you try to get a motel room.  So as you can plainly see, pleading guilty comes with a definite cost.

NO ONE SHOULD BE LEFT BEHIND TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES

So again, why does someone end up pleading guilty in the first place?  Well, when you represent yourself in court, the judge and prosecutor will treat you as if you are in fact an attorney (regardless of whether you actually went to law school).  So on the night of your hearing, you will eventually come to stand in front of the judge.  At that time, the judge will read off the charges leveled against you.  Then the judge will ask how you wish to plead.  This is when most people start to ask questions and/or give their version of events.  But when you do this, the judge will cut you off quickly, and say something like, “All I am asking for is a plea, guilty or not guilty.  If you plead not guilty, I will set your case for a trial next month.  If you plead guilty, then you will be assessed a fine, and you can leave tonight.”  When most people hear this come from the judge’s mouth, they believe (incorrectly) that they are getting off scot free.  So they end up pleading guilty really quick, and sprint out the door.  But of course, as mentioned above, there is far more than meets the eye in that kind of situation!

But this is precisely why we keep our fees as low as possible.  Because our driving principle is premised on a simple idea:  we think everyone should have access to good, professional legal counsel (regardless of their economic circumstances).  In many cases, we can work closely with the local prosecutor to get the charges reduced to a lesser infraction (so that nothing negative appears on your permanent record).  And in some limited circumstances, we can even get the charges dropped altogether.  But it all starts with you getting in touch with us.  We will fully describe your options, answer all your questions, and get you the best outcome possible.  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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