Stealing Charges in Kinloch, MO - for as little as $450
Have you recently been issued a citation for stealing in Kinloch, MO (or from anywhere else in the St. Louis area)? Did you know that there is a misdemeanor and felony level charge for stealing in the state of Missouri? Was the value of the allegedly stolen goods more or less than $500? Are you contemplating a plea of guilty for this charge? If so, do you know the full range of consequences when you make this decision? Are you familiar with the benefits one receives by hiring an experienced attorney to help you through the process?We Keep Our Fees Low So That Everyone Can Have Legal Representation
When you are facing a Kinloch MO stealing charge, it is a big deal. It is a big deal for several reasons. For instance, there is the potential sentence that can be handed down for such a thing.
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
And if you were to plead guilty to such an offense, you would also have to deal with the long term consequences. These consequences are not usually things that people think about when they decide to plead guilty. But you should know that a conviction for theft on your permanent record can have a devastating effect on things like: 1) your ability to get a decent job (because everyone runs criminal background checks nowadays); 2) your ability to rent a good apartment (because the landlord will end up doing the same check); 3) your ability to get certain loans, like student aid (or even to get into certain schools); 4) your ability to keep any current governmental benefits (like welfare, food stamps, and public housing).Pleading Guilty Is Not Your Best Option!!
But there is an upside to all of this!! Because there is a much better option available to you! We want to first of all determine if there are any viable defenses that we can assert on your behalf. We also would want to work closely with the local prosecutor to see about getting the charges reduced to a lesser infraction. And at the very least, we would want to secure an SIS from the court for your case. SIS stands for “suspended imposition of sentence,” and it usually involves a period of probation of one to two years. If after the probation period ends, you have not gotten into any other trouble, then the original stealing charge drops off altogether.
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!!