ONLY $375 FOR MOST ST LOUIS MISDEMEANOR CHARGES
The single best way for you to avoid doing any time in prison or jail is to hire a good St Louis criminal defense lawyer. Your attorney will know the law, how it works, what sort of defenses you can argue, and will usually have a good relationship with the both the judge and prosecutor. But if you do it all by yourself (represent yourself “pro se”), then not only will the court treat you as if you are an attorney, it will very likely not give you any leeway.
When you have been charged with a crime in St Louis (or anywhere in the state of Missouri), the prosecutor has a duty to prove that you are in fact guilty of the charges. This requires that he/she convince a judge or jury, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the elements of the statute were violated. Now that may seem like a pretty straightforward idea, but it is not at all easy to do in practice.
So why do prosecutors (and by extension, the court) act as if they hold all the marbles? Because they know that 80-90% of the time, a person charged with a crime is not going to be represented by an attorney. And if you are not represented by an attorney, then the chances are good that you have no idea how the system works. As a result, the prosecutor can simply state the charges, the judge will ask how you plead, and then it will be up to you to provide a defense (which in all likelihood not be taken seriously coming out of your mouth).
AS LOW AS $750 FOR CERTAIN ST LOUIS FELONIES
This is why it is so terribly important to speak with an experienced lawyer!! We want to review all the facts of your case, answer all of your questions, and help guide you through the process from start to finish!!
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. 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.