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St Louis Criminal Defense: What If I Have Prior Criminal Arrests? How Will That Affect My Current Charge?


The answer to this question depends on a number of factors. For instance, if your prior convictions were more recent, that could cut against your favor. But just because you have a criminal record does not mean that there isn’t anything that can be done about your current charges.

If you have had prior Missouri criminal charges, then there is a good chance that you worked out some sort of deal with the local prosecutor (i.e. a plea bargain). This likely would have entailed the prior charges being dropped to some lesser infraction (like “littering”). The lesser infraction would not have even shown up on your record, and as a result, it would have been as if the charge was never incurred.

Assuming that was the case, then a more recent charge might not be all that bad. The prosecutor will of course have access to your prior record (even if it was amended down), but at least there will be no conviction on your permanent record. This will allow your St. Louis criminal defense attorney a chance to perhaps work something similar out with the prosecutor again.


But let’s say that you did not get the prior charge reduced. Let’s say you instead plead guilty. Then it is going to depend greatly on how recently those charges were incurred.

The affordable St. Louis criminal defense attorneys at The Bankruptcy Company, 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 one location by appointment only: 4625 Lindell Blvd St. Louis, MO 63108. The initial consultation is free of charge. So contact us today to learn more!!

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