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St Louis Criminal Defense: What’s The Big Deal About Getting Charged With A Misdemeanor?

ONLY $375 FOR MOST ST LOUIS MISDEMEANORS

Getting charged with a misdemeanor in St Louis is big deal. But for whatever reason, a lot of people don’t seem to think that such a charge will have much of an effect on them. They tend to believe that it’s “no big deal”. But the exact opposite is true.

In the state of Missouri, misdemeanor crimes are categorized into classification: Class A (reserved for the most serious misdemeanors); Class B; and Class C. Examples of a Class A Misdemeanor would be possession of marijuana (less than 35 grams). Such a charge comes with up to one (1) year in jail and a $1,000 fine. So yes, it is a very big deal.

And not only is the potential penalty and sentence high, there are also the long term affects that not very many people are aware of. Let’s say you are charged with St Louis possession of drug paraphernalia (a Class A Misdemeanor). If you simply plead guilty to it (because you think its “no big deal”), this will go on your permanent record as a criminal conviction.

PLEADING GUILTY IS NOT YOUR BEST OPTION!!

So when you go to apply for a job (or to rent an apartment, or get a student loan), it will show up on a background check. And very frequently, a criminal background will eliminate any possibility of you getting the job (or the apartment, or the loan). But it doesn’t have to go this way!!

Our firm specializes in getting the charges dropped, or reduced. For instance, it is often possible to work out a deal with the prosecutor to have the charged amended to something minor (like “littering,” which does not show up on your record at all). And this is far better than pleading guilty!!!

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!!