THE PEOPLE’S COUNSEL IS YOUR #1 CRIMINAL DEFENSE TEAM!
Our criminal defense team at The People’s Counsel is ready to assist you today! We have successfully represented hundreds of people charged with various crimes throughout the St Louis area (and all over the state of Missouri).
Our attorneys have developed a very good working relationship with the Crestwood Municipal Court (this would include the clerks who operate behind the scenes, the prosecutor who represents the city, or the judge who will ultimately rule on your case). This type of relationship has allowed The People’s Counsel to secure positive outcomes for our clients (which could come in the form of a dismissal of the charges, a reduction of the charges, probation, or Not Guilty verdicts at trial).
All you have to do is give us a call! Our legal team will immediately begin working on your case. This would include vitally important steps, such as gathering evidence, talking to witnesses, and retrieving any and all material the prosecutor and/or police have against you.
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Collecting this evidence will not only give us a better understanding of how best to defend your Constitutional rights, it may also present an opportunity to ask that the charge(s) against you be dropped. For example, let’s say you have been charged with a misdemeanor possession of marijuana. But the way in which the police came into contact with the drug was by using methods of search and/or seizure that violated your Fourth Amendment protections against such activity by an officer of the law. In that kind of situation, we may very well be in a position to demand that the charges by dismissed.
In the event that we cannot get the charges dropped, all is not lost! If we stay with the example used above (in which you have been charged with possession of marijuana), let’s assume that the way in which the officer performed his/her duties was clean (and therefore did not violate the Constitution). Our Crestwood Missouri criminal defense lawyers have also successfully negotiated hundreds of “plea bargains” with the local prosecutor.
Simply put, a “plea bargain” is deal worked out between our team and the prosecutor. These negotiations can often become very complex and involve a fair amount of time. However, our end goal will be a deal in which the misdemeanor charge (i.e. possession of marijuana, or trespassing, or disturbing the peace, etc.) is amended down to a lesser infraction (like “Littering”). If we are successful in achieving this goal, then the prosecutor will recommend to the judge that you plead guilty to the lesser infraction (littering) instead of the misdemeanor crime (possession of marijuana).
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How is such a deal beneficial to you? There are several reasons. To begin with, the lesser infraction (littering) will never show up on your permanent record. On the other hand, if you were to plead guilty to the misdemeanor drug possession, that will end up as a criminal conviction on your record. And if you have a conviction on your record, then you are putting yourself at a huge disadvantage in the future. For instance, most employers, landlords, and banks run criminal background checks on all potential applicants. If you have a criminal conviction on your record, your chances of getting the job, the apartment, or the loan will diminish greatly as a result.
If a plea bargain cannot be hammered out (for one reason or another), we may also have an opportunity to convince the judge that there should be no jail time or fine paid by you on the charges. Instead, if we can convince the judge that you should be placed on probation, then any potential sentence (involving jail or a fine) would be suspended. This is described as an SIS (or Suspended Imposition of Sentence) in which you would be put on probation for a period that normally lasts between one to two years. If you are successful in completing the probationary period without getting into any more legal trouble, then the original misdemeanor charge (like possession of marijuana) will not show up on your record.
As you can see, there are many options available to you. But it will most certainly require the services of an experienced Crestwood MO criminal defense attorney. And this is precisely why you should reach out to us at The People’s Counsel! Our legal team is ready to defend your rights to the fullest extent of the law. We look forward to hearing from you!!