AS LOW AS $750 FOR ST LOUIS FELONY CHARGES
If you have been criminally charged with anything at all, then you absolutely should be taking it seriously. But generally speaking, a St Louis felony charge is quite a bit more worrisome than a misdemeanor.
The state of Missouri separates its criminal charges by categorizing them as either a felony or a misdemeanor. A St Louis misdemeanor can be thought of as a lower-level infraction (such as trespassing, shoplifting low value items, possession of low amounts of marijuana, etc.). Felony charges are reserved for those crimes the state determines to be much more significant (and/or pose a greater threat to society). Some common examples of St Louis felonies would be 1st Degree Murder, 1st Degree Arson, etc.).
The state then further subdivides felonies and misdemeanors into Classes (labeled A through D). If you are charged with a Class A Felony or Misdemeanor, then the alleged crime is considered to be more severe than something categorized as a Class D. But either way, a felony is far more serious than a misdemeanor.
PLEADING GUILTY IS NOT YOUR BEST OPTION!!
But just because you are charged with a felony in St Louis does not mean that the state can prove that you are guilty of the alleged offense. When the state charges you with a crime, it carries the burden of having to prove every element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. If one or more of the elements that make up the crime cannot be proven (or substantially shown to be something you in fact did), then the state must either drop its charge (or risk losing in a trial).
The vast majority of all criminal cases never reach the trial level. This is because 9 times out of 10, your St Louis criminal defense attorney will work out a deal (i.e. plea bargain) with the prosecutor. This usually results in a reduction of the charges to some lesser offense.
The affordable St. Louis criminal defense attorneys at The Law Office of Jennifer Alter-Rieken, have been helping people with their felony and 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. Fees for a felony start as low as $750. 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!!