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How do I get an attorney for my second theft ticket at Walmart?

I have a ticket for theft at Walmart. This is the second ticket. I did community service for the first ticket but I need a lawyer for this ticket.

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    Thomas SanFilippo | Thomas SanFilippo & Associates, LLC
    1010 Market Street
    Saint Louis, MO 63101
    (314) 669-5752
    If you would like to hire an attorney for a theft ticket, you need to know a couple of things. 1) Hire a CRIMINAL attorney. Not all attorneys practice criminal law. 2) Make sure your lawyer is experienced. Just because your attorney appears to be old does not mean he or she is experienced in criminal law. 3) Make sure your lawyer is competent. This is difficult to tell when you first meet your attorney. A couple of red flags to look for. Is he guaranteeing you a dismissal of your charges? No attorney can predict the future with 100% accuracy. Anything is possible. In law, like most things, nothing is truly for sure until it's already happened. Also, are his prices much lower than is typical for the charge you are facing? If something is too good to be true, it probably is. In law especially, you most often get what you pay for. Attorneys who are willing to work for next to nothing are most likely willing to do so because their inexperience, history of bad results, and general lack of competence cause them to be desperate for clients. Competent attorneys who can get you results know their time is valuable, and will give you a fair but substantial price for it. Legal work is not cheap. For example, with your theft ticket, if you find a lawyer who will take the case for $300, that might seem like a good price up front compared to most lawyers who's prices would start around 800-1000. What they won't tell you is that the cheap lawyer isn't going to be willing or qualified to take your case to trial, which means the prosecutor is going to offer him a bad deal that comes with higher fines, a guilty plea for a higher class of an amended charge, more community service, behavioral classes, longer probation, likely supervised probation, and most importantly higher fines, etc etc. A good lawyer will get a much better offer with lower fines. So if you're cheap and think you're getting a good deal by hiring a cheap lawyer, you're going to end up paying much much more in the long run. In short, you get what you pay for.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri - Replied: 8/1/2014
    Andrea Storey Rogers |
    P.O. Box 21686
    St. Louis, MO 63139
    (314) 724-5059
    You should call some criminal defense attorneys (like me) and ask for a price quote. It's probably best to consult attorneys who are located in the city or county where the incident occurred.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri - Replied: 8/1/2014
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