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St Louis Criminal Defense: Will A Stealing Charge Ruin My Life?


No, it does not have to ruin your life at all!! A good St Louis stealing or theft attorney can help you deal with the charge so that it does minimal damage. But the last thing you want to do is plead guilty! If you plead guilty, then there isn’t a whole you can do about it later on. Below is a brief description about what we can do to help you out:

If you have been accused of stealing something with a value of $500 or less, then the state of Missouri can charge you with a Class A Misdemeanor. This type of charge comes with up to one (1) full year of jail time, and a $1,000 fine. And of course pleading guilty will also mean that the charge will become a part of your permanent record. So anytime you fill out a job application, or try to rent an apartment, or take out a student loan, then it will very likely be brought up (because the potential employer, or landlord, or government agency will almost assuredly run a criminal background check on you).

So what can you do instead? You can hire a good St Louis criminal defense lawyer to help you out!! There are a few options that an attorney can try and set up for you. He/she can review the facts of your case to see if there is a possibility of getting the stealing charges dismissed; he/she can work closely with the local prosecutor to get the charges reduced to a minor infraction (so that it doesn’t negatively impact your record); or he/she can see about securing an SIS (suspended imposition of sentence), in which the charges drop off altogether after a probationary period.


But the best way for you to understand your rights and options is to give us a call!!

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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