Getting Charged With A Missouri Misdemeanor
Have you recently been charged with a Missouri Misdemeanor? Are you currently looking at your options for hiring a Misdemeanor Lawyer in St. Louis? If so, you’re probably trying to figure out how serious the charges are and what could happen if you’re convicted and found guilty of the charge. Combs Law Group can help you navigate your way through the process, but let’s go over some of your current concerns/questions. Under Missouri law, there are 3 categories of criminal charges: Felonies, Misdemeanors, and Infractions. Felonies are considered the most serious of criminal charges, while Misdemeanors are less serious but more serious than criminal infractions. The fact is that some Misdemeanors can carry very serious fines and considerable jail time, so they should be handled with careful consideration.
There are hundreds of crimes in Missouri that are classified as Misdemeanors, and we have taken the opportunity to gather a pretty extensive list at the bottom of this page. When you’re charged with a Misdemeanor it’s typically classified into three categories – Class A, Class B, Class C, and Class D. The law in the state of Missouri specifies maximum penalties within the classifications if you’re convicted and found guilty. Class A Misdemeanors are considered the most serious and can result in up to 1 year in the county jail and up to $1000 in fines. Class B Misdemeanors carry up to 6 months in jail and up to $500 in fines. While a Class C Misdemeanor can carry up to 3 months in jail and up to $300 in fines. There are some Misdemeanors that are considered “Unclassified”, and these are typically small infractions like “failure to leash a dog in a public park”.
So make no mistake a Misdemeanor charge in Missouri is a very serious matter and in most cases, it’s going to be critical that you hire a highly qualified criminal defense attorney. The fact is that by hiring an attorney you’re deciding to fight the charges. Without a criminal defense attorney, you’re basically just giving up and the end result will be a conviction. Getting charged with a Misdemeanor isn’t the end of the world, especially if you take the necessary steps and call Combs Law Group today. We will work aggressively to build your legal defense and in most cases, you’ll come out with minimal damage to your life.
Common Misdemeanor Crimes We Handle
When it comes to mounting a criminal defense for Misdemeanors, we have had delivered exceptional results for our clients over the past few years. Here’s a list of the most common Misdemeanor crimes we handled:
- DWI’s & DUI’s
- Petty Theft
- Domestic Violence
- Property Theft
- Making A False Report
- Violating Probation/Parole
- Resisting Arrest
- Driving While Revoked
- Reckless Driving
- Sexual Abuse
- Child Endangerment
- Leaving the Scene of An Accident
And that’s just a small sample of the cases we can handle. If you don’t see your Misdemeanor charges listed here just contact us today for a free consultation. You won’t regret it!
Things to Know About Your Misdemeanors
Here’ are few noteworthy things to consider about Misdemeanors:
- In Missouri, most Misdemeanors have a 1-year statute of limitations, which means that after 1 year of the criminal act the state can’t charge you with the crime.
- Misdemeanors will stay on your criminal record forever and can negatively impact your future job opportunities. Especially Misdemeanor crimes that indicate poor moral and ethical standards, or just poor judgment overall. The type of criminal background the employer runs will usually determine whether Misdemeanors show up or not.
- There are certain crimes like DWI’s that are sometimes charged as a Misdemeanor and then sometimes charged as a Felony.
- For instance, if you’ve been charged with a DWI more than once, the prosecutor may file the charges as a felony. In fact, we get many clients who come in thinking there only facing a Misdemeanor when in fact they are facing a very serious felony.
- There are also certain drug crimes where depending on the amount of drugs you had in your possession, a Misdemeanor could turn into a Felony. So don’t take a chance, if you’ve been arrested before or have a criminal record, contact us today to get clarification on what charges you might actually be facing.
Why hire Combs Law Group for your Misdemeanor
In St. Louis alone, there are hundreds of criminal defense attorneys who handle Misdemeanor cases. Deciding which one to hire can be a daunting task for even the savviest individual. Unfortunately, you will find that not all criminal defense attorneys are created equally. Some criminal lawyers in St. Louis will offer dirty cheap pricing as a way to get you in the door. But in most cases, they don’t really mount a legal defense for your charges. They will typically just plea it out at the first offer the prosecutor puts on the table. At Combs Law Group we aren’t the cheapest firm in town and we’re not the most expensive. We like to consider ourselves as a value based firm, where you will get the best legal bang for your buck. We work to build an individual legal strategy for your case that’s based on your arrest record, your criminal background, and your particular life circumstances. We work with you to determine your expectations and then go to work aggressively to deliver the outcomes you want. If you want a criminal defense lawyer in your corner who will fight to get you out of your legal dilemma, Combs Law Group is your best choice.
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Here’s a comprehensive list of Misdemeanors in Missouri: