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St Louis Criminal Defense: How Hard Is It To Get A Criminal Charge Reduced In Missouri?


Getting a St Louis criminal charge reduced depends on two main factors: 1) the municipality in which the charge has been made (there is a huge difference between how things are handled in St Louis County versus St Louis City; 2) the type of charge it is (because there is also a really big difference between a common trespassing charge versus a heroin possession charge). But regardless, the main goal is to see if in fact a reduction / amendment of the charges can be had. A further explanation is provided below:

Let’s say you have been charged with possession of marijuana (less than 35 grams). This is a Class A Misdemeanor. Such a charge comes with a potential of one (1) year in jail and a $1,000 fine. But instead of having to do any jail time, you hire an experienced St Louis marijuana possession attorney to help you out.

Our goal would be to try and work out a deal with the local prosecutor to see if in fact the charge of marijuana possession can be amended down. If you do not have any prior charges (in other words, if this a first offense), then there is a good likelihood that a plea bargain can be worked out on your behalf. This type of deal usually consists of the charges being reduced down to some minor infraction, like “littering”. This would be beneficial, because a common infraction like littering does not show up on your record (so for all practical purposes, it is as if the original charge of marijuana possession never happened).


So as you can see, hiring a good St Louis criminal defense lawyer is far better than simply pleading guilty!! We will answer all your questions, describe all your options, and help guide you through the entire process from start to finish!!

The affordable St. Louis criminal defense attorneys at The Bankruptcy Company 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 one location by appointment only: 4625 Lindell Blvd St. Louis, MO 63108.

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