Being charged with a crime in Missouri can have serious and life-changing consequences. Whether you are facing a misdemeanor charge for public intoxication or a felony charge for murder, you and your case stand to benefit from hiring a criminal defense attorney. The aid of a lawyer will greatly increase your chances of reducing your sentence or winning your case outright.
A good criminal defense attorney will not just simply work to prove your innocence or lessen your sentence. Instead, a good criminal defense attorney will make sure that the State proves its case against you. In every case the State is responsible for proving its case against you. A good criminal defense attorney will make sure that the State does its job if you are forced to take your case to trial.
In misdemeanor cases where a plea is necessary, a criminal defense attorney can work to make sure that you do not serve any jail time or lessen the amount of fines and jail time sought by the State. Your attorney may also plead your case directly to the court and encourage the court to permit you to complete public service hours or pay fines instead of spending time behind bars.