Stealing Charges in Country Club Hills, MO - for as little as $450
Is there a charge for stealing in Country Club Hills, MO with your name on it? Have you been trying to figure out the best way to deal with this charge? Are you wondering what kind of benefit you may receive from hiring an experienced attorney? Or are you thinking about simply pleading guilty to the charge? If so, do you have a good understanding of the negative consequences of making this decision? Was the value of the goods allegedly stolen more or less than $500? Do you know why that is an important distinction in determining the severity of the charge?We Keep Our Fees Low So That Everyone Can Have Legal Representation
If you are thinking about pleading guilty to the Country Club Hills MO stealing charge, then you should be made aware of the following information first:
As of January 1, 2017, the following laws regarding stealing / theft / shoplifting went into effect:
- 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
- If you are caught with goods valuing between $150 - $750, it is a Class A Misdemeanor
- 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
- If you are caught with goods valuing between $750 - $25,000, it is a Class D Felony
- If you are caught with goods valuing $25,000 or more, it is a Class C Felony
- A guilty plea will result in a criminal theft conviction becoming a part of your permanent record
- A conviction of this sort on your record will result in a difficult time landing a good job, renting a decent apartment, or getting into college (because your employer, landlord, and campus administration will run a criminal background check that will likely screen you out as a candidate)
But we have a much different plan in mind for you!! To begin with, we will want to closely examine all pertinent facts involved with your case to see if there are any viable defenses that might be asserted. We will also work with the local prosecutor to see about getting the charges reduced to a lesser infraction. And at the very least, we would want to try and work out an SIS with the court on your behalf. An SIS (“Suspended Imposition of Sentence”) involves a period of probation (usually one to two years in length). If you get through the probationary period without any more criminal infractions (in other words, you stay clean during this period of time), then the original charge of stealing will drop off completely.Pleading Guilty to the Charge Is Not Your Best Option!!
The affordable St. Louis stealing defense 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 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!!