Shoplifting Charges at West County Mall in St. Louis, MO - for as little as $450
Do you have a pending shoplifting (or theft) charge against you as a result of a recent trip to West County Mall in St. Louis? Was the value of the allegedly stolen goods more or less than $500? Do you know what the consequences would be if the value is more than $500? Are you now thinking about your range of options to deal with this situation? Do you understand (or have a grasp of) your legal rights? If you simply plead guilty to the shoplifting charge, do you know what the potential consequences are? Do you know what the benefits are of hiring an experienced attorney to help guide you through the process?
WE WANT TO GET THE MISSOURI SHOPLIFTING CHARGE REDUCED SO THAT IT DOES NOT SHOW UP ON YOUR RECORD
It may seem like a minor infraction, but a shoplifting charge on your permanent record can have lasting consequences well into your future. For instance, most employers run background checks on all potential employees in an attempt to screen out candidates they may not want. If you have a criminal charge on your record, but the other guy you are competing with for the job is clean, then guess who has the upper hand?
PLEADING GUILTY TO THE CHARGE IS NOT YOUR BEST OPTION!!
In addition, there is the potential sentence that can be handed down by the state (which will always include jail time and a fine).
As of January 1, 2017, the following laws regarding stealing / theft / shoplifting went into effect:
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 93) 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
$450 TO TAKE CARE OF MOST SHOPLIFTING CHARGES
But at The Law Office of Jennifer Alter-Rieken, we have a much different angle in mind. We want to try and accomplish one of two things: 1) get the charge reduced significantly (to some lesser charge, like “littering”); or 2) get the charges thrown out altogether. Either way, this is much better than dealing with potential jail time!!
The affordable St. Louis shoplifting attorneys at The Law Office of Jennifer Alter-Rieken, have been helping people with their theft 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 shoplifting case start at $450. But the initial consultation to discuss your legal issues is free of charge. So contact us today!!
WE KEEP OUR FEES LOW SO THAT EVERYONE CAN HAVE LEGAL REPRESENTATION
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!!