Stealing Charges in Riverview, MO - for as little as $450
Do you have a recent ticket for stealing or theft in Riverview, MO? Or maybe from somewhere else in the surrounding St. Louis area? Was the value of the goods allegedly stolen more or less than $500? Do you know why that is such an important distinction? Did this incident take place in department store, or a grocery store, or a convenience / gas mart? Did a security guard or manager detain you first before the police arrived? Are you now thinking about pleading guilty to the charge? Are you familiar with the benefits one receives when they hire an attorney to handle the matter?
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If there is one thing that cannot be stressed enough when you are dealing with a Riverview MO stealing charge: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PLEAD GUILTY!! This last part is purposefully put into all caps because most people do nothing more than plead guilty. But if you make this decision, then you should know that there are some long term consequences. This would include difficulty in getting a job or an apartment (because employers and landlords typically run criminal background checks).
$450 TO TAKE CARE OF MOST RIVERVIEW MISSOURI MISDEMEANOR STEALING CHARGES
In addition, there is the more immediate concern of the potential sentence that can handed down by the court.
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
PLEADING GUILTY IS NOT YOUR BEST OPTION!!
But we have a much different plan in mind for you!! The first thing we want to do is check into the facts of your case to determine if there are any defenses that might be asserted on your behalf. In the alternative, we would also want to see about getting the charges reduced to something minor (like “littering,” an infraction that does not even show up on your record). And at the very least, we would want to work out an SIS with the court. SIS stands for “suspended imposition of sentence,” which usually includes a period of probation (of between one to two years). If you stay out of trouble during this probationary period, then the original charge of stealing drops of completely.
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!!