A misdemeanor in Missouri is the “midlevel” category of crimes. They are not considered to be as serious as felonies, but are more weighty than a simple infraction. However, the state takes misdemeanor offenses very seriously. Once you are charged with a misdemeanor (either by receiving a written citation from the police officer at the scene, or one that is mailed to your residence), a court date will be set, and your appearance will be demanded. If you do not appear in court, an arrest warrant will be issued.
Misdemeanor offenses can have a significant impact on your future. If you are charged with a Missouri misdemeanor, you should talk to an attorney about the charge, the punishment, and the collateral consequences of a conviction. If you choose to hire us, we will help you understand what your rights are, what the process is and how it works, and what your options are.