St. Louis Misdemeanor Criminal Defense - for as little as $450
The criminal defense attorneys at The Law Office of Jennifer Alter-Rieken have the necessary experience and knowledge to handle your criminal defense needs. Our lawyers understand that sometimes you can find yourself in a difficult situation, and finding a firm that knows how to effectively deal with judges, prosecutors, and the rest of the court system can make the difference in getting you a good outcome. The Law Office of Jennifer Alter-Rieken can help you with the following types of legal issues:
ST LOUIS ASSAULT / BATTERY: Assault and Battery laws are usually written broadly enough to encompass just about every kind of physical confrontation you may find yourself in. Most charges of assault or battery are a result of a physical fight. Even if you did not start the fight (or were even acting in self-defense), it is still possible to be charged with this crime. Many times, the police officer who issues the citation or makes the arrest will give it to the person who appears to have caused more serious injury to the other person. But this kind of charge can be taken care of with the right kind of lawyer. Our firm is highly experienced in dealing with these types of infractions, and can get you the best outcome possible.We Want to Get the Misdemeanor Charges Reduced so That It Does Not Show Up on Your Record
ST LOUIS DUI / DWI: In the state of Missouri, a DUI/DWI is classified as a Class B Misdemeanor (so long as there is not a similar charge in the previous five (5) years). This offense is taken very seriously by the state, and is certainly something for which you should seek legal representation. The maximum allowable prison term for such an infraction is six months, but an experienced St. Louis DUI/DWI attorney can negotiate a “Suspended Imposition of Sentence” (SIS). This is a type of probation in which you initially plead guilty to the charge, but the sentence of imprisonment is ‘suspended’ while you are placed on probation for two years. Once you successfully complete the two year probationary period, the conviction will no longer show on your permanent record.
ST LOUIS MARIJUANA POSSESSION: The state of Missouri has some of the stiffest penalties in the nation when it comes to drug-related offenses. And if you plead guilty to this kind of charge, this decision will have significant long term consequences (like missing out on job opportunities, an inability to secure decent housing, and a loss of governmental benefits). In addition, this kind of charge is classified as a Class A Misdemeanor (which can come with up to one (1) year of jail time, and a fine of $1,000). But an experienced attorney can help get this charge reduced to a lesser offense (so that it does not show up on your record).$450 to Take Care of Most Misdemeanor Charges
ST LOUIS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA POSSESSION: If you are caught with an object or instrument that is commonly used in drug usage (such as a bong, a one-hitter, or rolling papers), then you will likely be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. And very frequently, this type of charge is accompanied with a separate charge of marijuana possession. Again, if you plead guilty to this kind of charge, you will suffer some long lasting consequences (pleas of guilt to criminal charges stay on your record forever). But a good lawyer knows how to get the charge reduced (so that you can move forward with your life).
ST LOUIS SHOPLIFTING: If you are caught stealing something (from a store, or somewhere else), the state will charge you according to the value of the goods taken. For instance, if the value of the goods you are charged with stealing is $500 or less, then it is considered a Class A Misdemeanor (which comes with up to one (1) year of jail time and a $1,000 fine); but if the goods had a value of more than $500, it is considered to be a felony (which in turn comes with much longer jail time and significantly higher fines). But most of this can be avoided by hiring an experience attorney to help get the charge reduced to a lesser offense.
ST LOUIS TRESPASSING: When you unlawfully enter onto the property of someone else (even if it is by mistake), you can be charged with the crime of trespassing. A lot of times, a citation for trespassing occurs in conjunction with the charge of assault and battery (like when a fight occurs in someone else’s home or establishment), or if you enter a domain without prior permission. This kind of infraction can also be handled by an attorney who understands how the law works. Often times, a lawyer can reach an agreement with the prosecutor to get the citation reduced to some lesser charge, and therefore off your record. Our firm has successfully negotiated many trespassing cases for our clients.
ST LOUIS MINOR IN POSSESSION: When an individual under the age of 21 is caught with alcohol (either in possession or consuming), he or she can be charged with Minor in Possession. These types of infractions are often thought of as the bumps and bruises of a typical youth (as most people have some sort of screw up from their childhood). But allowing such a thing to remain on one’s record can have a measureable impact later in life. It can even affect person’s college application. Luckily, the court system recognizes that young adults can (and will) do silly things without paying heed to the potential consequences. A good attorney can not only get the charge reduced to some lesser penalty, but can also make sure that the blemish does not affect the child’s future in any way.
ST LOUIS DISTURBING THE PEACE: This kind of offense is sometimes referred to as "disorderly conduct." It is a sort of catch-all crime that is frequently handed out by a police officer to cover such things as physical threats, offensive language, or even public drunkenness. But the state of Missouri still considers the charge of disturbing the peace to be misdemeanor-level crime, so it still has to be taken seriously. A good attorney can usually get the charge reduced to something minor, and that is far better than pleading guilty to it.
ST LOUIS PROSTITUTION AND PATRONIZING PROSTITUTION: If you are charged with the act of prostitution (the transaction of sexual favors for money), or if you have been cited with the solicitation of prostitution (paid money to a prostitute for sexual favors), then you are facing a Class B Misdemeanor. This is not a charge to be taken lightly. A trained St. Louis criminal defense attorney can get the charges reduced to a lesser infraction.
The affordable St. Louis criminal defense attorneys at The Law Office of Jennifer Alter-Rieken have been helping people receive the best outcomes possible when times are rough. Regardless of how bad you may think things are, there is always a brighter future ahead. Our goal is to make sure that you get that fresh start / clean slate, and move forward with life knowing that better days are just ahead!