ONLY $750 FOR LOW LEVEL FELONY CHARGES
We keep our fees reasonably low so that more people may have access to an experienced St Louis criminal defense lawyer. Most criminal defense firms charge very high fees in order to retain their services. As a result, many people never get the chance to have someone fight on their side.
In the St Louis criminal defense world, there are those who can dish out thousands and thousands of dollars to hire an expensive lawyer (this is of course a relatively small group of people), and then there are those individuals who qualify for the Public Defender’s Office. This second group of people is also relatively small, because the city and county have specific qualifying criteria (namely, whether or not you fall above or below a certain income level).
That means that the vast majority of those who have been charged criminally in St Louis do not get an attorney to represent them (because they can’t afford it, or they can’t qualify for the PD). And the folks who move forward by themselves do not normally fare to well. This is because if you represent yourself, then the court and judge will treat you as if you are in fact an attorney. In other words, the court will give you no leeway, or cut you any breaks (the judge will literally treat you the same as a licensed attorney).
PLEADING GUILTY IS NOT YOUR BEST OPTION!!
As a result, most people charged with a criminal offense end up pleading guilty to the crime. But if you plead guilty, then that charge becomes a part of your permanent record. So when you go to apply for a job, or rent an apartment, or try to take out a student loan, a criminal background check will be run. And that charge will of course show up, which normally means you will miss out on the job, apartment, or loan.
But this is exactly why we have decided to keep our fees low!! We do not believe that someone should go without legal counsel just because they can’t afford it. We don’t believe that’s how things should go!
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 low level felony charge start at $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.