Stealing Charges in Kansas City MO - starting at $450


The state of Missouri has divided shoplifting / theft / stealing into different categories (based on the value of the goods that were allegedly stolen).  Those criminal categories are as follows:  

1.    If you are caught with goods valuing less than $150, and you have had no prior stealing-related charges, it is a Class D Misdemeanor

2.    If you are caught with goods valuing between $150 - $750, it is a Class A Misdemeanor

3.    If you are caught stealing an animal;  or if you have been previously found guilty of three (3) stealing-related cases within ten (10) years of the present case, it is a Class E Felony

4.    If you are caught with goods valuing between $750 - $25,000, it is a Class D Felony

5.    If you are caught with goods valuing $25,000 or more, it is a Class C Felony

So as you can see, it is very important to contact a good Kansas City MO criminal defense attorney to help you!!  Because pleading guilty to any of these crimes will potentially land you in jail for a period of time, and a really high fine.  And unfortunately, that is exactly what most people do:  plead guilty to the shoplifting charge.  

Why do most people end up pleading guilty to their criminal charge in Kansas City MO?  Because most people cannot afford an attorney, and therefore never receive the advice they need in order to avoid this outcome.  But an admission of guilt (which is accomplished by doing not much more than paying the associated fine) will lead to some heavy long-term consequences.  For instance, a stealing or theft conviction on your permanent record will make it very difficult to get a good job.  Why?  Because most employers will run criminal background checks on all potential employees (if you have negative marks, then you’ll likely be screened out as a candidate).  

The same thing would happen when you put in an application for a rental property, open a bank account, or take out a student loan.  Each time you try and move forward with your life, this criminal conviction will hold you back.  But it doesn’t have to be like this!!  There is a much better way of handling this kind of situation.  Sometimes, we can get the whole case thrown out (depending on the facts of your case).  In other circumstances, we can get the shoplifting charge reduced down to a minor offense (so that nothing negative appears on your record at all).  So please do get in touch with us as soon as possible!

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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