What Happens If I Plead Guilty To A Criminal Charge in Kansas City MO?


The vast majority of people in the Kansas City MO area who have been charged with a crime end up pleading guilty.  The main reason for this outcome, I am convinced, is not because there is a lack of good Kansas City MO criminal defense lawyers.  It is because those lawyers generally charge fees that make it nearly impossible for an individual with limited means to hire one.  Instead, they end up representing themselves (in an awkward attempt to navigate the complex and sometimes surreal world of the criminal justice system.


And when someone represents themselves, they almost always end up pleading guilty to the charge.  In fact, it is my opinion that the entire system encourages self-represented people to plead guilty.  It makes things a heck of a lot easier for the courts!  But there is a really big problem with pleading guilty (and it’s probably not what you are thinking).


Most folks won’t end up doing any jail time when they plead guilty (especially on a low-level misdemeanor).  Instead, they will likely receive a fine that must pay within thirty to sixty days.  So when people realize that they are not going to have to sit in a jail, they believe that God has intervened, and they have struck gold!!  But the misdemeanor charge that you plead guilty to will find its way onto your permanent record.  And there it will stay, forever.

Here’s why this is a bad thing:  let’s imagine it’s five years after you have plead guilty to misdemeanor shoplifting charge;  you’re older now, more wise, more experienced;  you have started to build a nice life, and you are moving forward with your career;  you hear about a job opening at a place that would be a step up for you, and you match the qualifications perfectly;  you apply for the job, the interview goes very well, and the company seems to be on the verge of making you an offer of employment;  but the last little procedure they have to follow is to run a criminal background check on you;  you potential employer runs the check, sees the criminal infraction, and you are immediately screened out as a candidate for the position.  The same thing would be true when trying to rent an apartment, taking out a student loan, or even opening up a simple bank account.

So instead of dealing with all this negativity, please do give us a call!!  We would be happy to advise you of your rights, review your case thoroughly, and fully explain your options.  At the end of the day, you are really going to want someone with a great deal of professional experience helping you out!  So get in touch with us soon!

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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