ONLY $375 FOR MOST ST LOUIS MISDEMEANORS
Yes, you should!! It is amazing to me just how many people believe that a misdemeanor charge in Missouri is “no big deal”. As if such a thing becoming a part of your permanent record will have no negative consequence for your life (or that such a thing will increase your street cred). But the fact of the matter is, a misdemeanor charge can end up wrecking your life!! Below is a description of what can be done:
If you are arrested in the St Louis area, subsequently charged with a misdemeanor, then there are two main ways you can deal with it: 1) you can essentially do nothing, and hope for the best (like appearing by yourself and asking that the court extend some sort of leniency); 2) you can hire a good St Louis criminal defense attorney to help you out!!
Unfortunately, most people exercise the first option. They do nothing! But let’s say you have been charged with Disturbing the Peace. This is a Class A Misdemeanor that most cops will hand out like candy (especially when they have no idea what else to write up a ticket for). It can come with up to one (1) year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
PLEADING GUILTY IS NOT YOUR BEST OPTION!!
So if you were to plead guilty to this charge, you would have to deal with it forever. Every time you apply for a job, try to rent an apartment, take out a loan, etc. Why? Because each of those entities (employers, landlords, banks) all run criminal background checks.
What can be done instead? Our goal would be to get the charge reduced to something minor (like “littering”). This type of infraction does not show up on your record (so no long term consequences). And that is far better than dealing with everything described above!!
The affordable St. Louis criminal defense attorneys at The Law Office of Jennifer Alter-Rieken have been taking care of criminal charges in Missouri for over ten (10) years. We specialize in making sure that your record stays clean, and so that you can move forward with life. And we want to do it all at an affordable price. The upfront fees for a misdemeanor charge start at $375. For certain felony cases, the fees are as low as $750. But the initial consultation to discuss your legal issues is free of charge. So contact us today to learn more!!
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.