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Is It Really That Big A Deal To Get Charged With Trespassing in St Louis?

MOST TRESPASSING CHARGES CAN BE HANDLED FOR ONLY $375

Yes, it is. But for some reason, a lot of people regard trespassing as something to smirk at (as if it’s no big deal). They think, “I was just on someone else’s property for like five minutes!! Who cares?!” But regardless of how silly you may find the situation, being charged with St. Louis trespassing is a much bigger deal than you probably realize.

Trespassing in the First Degree is a Class B Misdemeanor. This type of crime comes with up to six (6) months of jail time and a $500 fine. It is true that most courts do not impose a jail sentence for trespassing, but if you plead guilty to the charge, it will end up as a criminal conviction on your permanent record. Why is that a big deal? Let’s take a look at a few negative impacts:

  1. A criminal conviction will show up every time someone runs a background check on you. So if you are planning on getting a job or renting an apartment, that goal could be hindered because of the negative record
  2. Lots of lending institutions (ex. banks) are reluctant to provide a loan (for business purposes, or for college) to someone with a criminal record
  3. If you already have a criminal record, then any subsequent charges could very much increase the chances that you would in fact serve time in jail

PLEADING GUILTY IS NOT YOUR BEST OPTION!!

But you can avoid all of this!! Our firm works closely with the local prosecutor to get the St. Louis trespassing charge reduced down to a lesser infraction (like “littering,” which does not even show up on your record). This is far better than pleading guilty (and dealing with all the negative impacts).

The affordable St. Louis criminal defense attorneys at Brinkman & Alter, LLC, have been helping people with their misdemeanor 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 misdemeanor case start at $375. 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!!