Criminal Defense in Edmundson MO - starting at $450
There are only a couple of ways in which to handle a criminal defense charge in Edmundson MO: 1) you can defend yourself, and try to avoid jail; 2) you can hire a good Edmundson MO criminal defense attorney.
If you go with option #1, then you there are several things you know about first!! To begin with, most people end up pleading guilty to the crime they have been charged with. They do this because of an incorrect belief that it will do no real or lasting harm to them.
PLEADING GUILTY IS NOT YOUR BEST OPTION
But the exact opposite is true! Let’s say for instance that you have been charged with stealing (less than $500 in goods). This is a Class A Misdemeanor, which means that the judge could potentially sentence you up to one (1) year in jail and a fine of $1000!! So if you plead guilty, you are facing a very difficult situation right off the bat.
But let’s assume that you plead guilty, and the judge accepts your plea without sentencing you to anything (no jail time, and no fine). Everything is fine, right?! Not at all! When you plead guilty to the charge, the state will put it on your permanent record as a criminal conviction. This means that anyone can run a background check on you and see it. So if in the future you go to apply for a job, or rent an apartment, or try to qualify for governmental benefits, those entities will very likely screen you out as a candidate!!
Instead of you dealing with all of that, you should give us a call instead!! We can develop a sound legal strategy for you, and get you the best outcome possible!! This may result in a dismissal of the charge, or in some cases a reduction down to a lesser infraction.
The affordable Edmundson, MO criminal defense attorneys at The Law Office of Jennifer Alter-Rieken, have been helping people with their criminal 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 St. Louis misdemeanor charge start at $450. Our fees for a low level felony charge start at $750. But the initial consultation to discuss your legal issues is free of charge. So contact us today!!
We have two main locations: in the Central West End of St. Louis, at 1 North Taylor (on the corner of Taylor and Laclede), 63108; and in the Twin Cities of Festus / Crystal City, at 1000 Truman Blvd (Highway 61/67), 63019. The initial consultation is free of charge. So contact us today to learn more!!