Bellefontaine Neighbors Missouri Criminal Defense Attorney

Bellefontaine Neighbors Municipal Court Info

Hours: Mon – Fri, 7:30AM – 4:30PM | 6:30PM on the second Wednesday of each month, 1:00PM on the third Wednesday of each month.
Court Phone: 314-867-0076
Court Administrator: Alysa Starz
Municipal Judge: Judy Preddy Draper

Reviews for The People’s Counsel

“Highly recommend if you are looking for a trustworthy team to work on your behalf!”
—Ashley R.

“Charles and Tom are the BEST criminal defense lawyers EVER!!”
—James T.

“Great price, great communication, great lawyer!!”
—Teighlor P.

“I have worked with Charles Barberio twice now and have been incredibly impressed with his professionalism…”
—Carrie G.


When people are facing criminal charges in Bellefontaine Neighbors Missouri, the best choice for legal representation is The People’s Counsel. No other firm in the Greater St Louis area has a better track record when it comes to criminal defense. Our team has more than ten (10) years of dedicated experience, and the approach we follow is straightforward: we will fight fiercely for your Constitutional rights!

How do we ensure that your rights and interests will be protected?

1. The Bellefontaine Neighbors MO criminal defense lawyers at The People’s Counsel will first let the judge and prosecutor know that we are representing you on the charge(s). This is an important step, because from that moment forward, we will handle all communication with the court. Once we take over, it will allow you to take a deep breath with the knowledge that a team of legal professionals are working on your side (fighting for your rights). As a result, you’ll no longer be in a position of having to worry (about whether or not you have to provide information to the clerk, or if you have to show up in court on one date or another). Instead, we will be in the driver’s seat, and guide you through the process (from start to finish).


2. Our next step at The People’s Counsel will be to determine if there are any facts or circumstances on your case that warrant a dismissal of the charge(s). This opportunity is available more often than you might think. That is because the police officer with whom you came into contact is nothing more than a human being who is prone (just like the rest of us) to making mistakes.

Think about it: Each day you go to work, you are expected to perform a certain set of tasks. For the most part, you complete those tasks without issue. But very often, you make mistakes. It’s just human nature (nobody is perfect). The same thing is true for an officer of the law. The only difference is that when a policeman executes his daily duties, he is held to a much higher standard (for a very good reason). And when an experienced Bellefontaine Neighbors Missouri criminal defense attorney starts to dig a little bit into the way in which the officer performed his job, it is not unusual to find some glaring mistakes.

But here’s the thing: When a police officer screws up on the job, it can result in the violation of your Constitutional rights. How so? The ways in which your rights could be violated by a law enforcement official is too numerous to name here. But perhaps the most common violation has to do with how the police conduct searches and seizures.


The Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution protects citizens against a governmental agent performing an unlawful search of you (or your personal items). And if the search itself was unlawful, then any items that the officer seized as a result of that search is also unlawful. If something like this has happened to you, then the Bellefontaine Neighbors MO criminal defense lawyers at The People’s Counsel will do everything in our power to uncover it, and seek to have the charges dropped!

3. Even if we can’t get the charge(s) dismissed, we still might have an opportunity to work out a “plea bargain” with the local prosecutor. This is the method by which the vast majority of criminal cases are resolved around the country. In a nutshell, it would involve a negotiation between our Bellefontaine Neighbors Missouri criminal defense attorneys and the local prosecutor hammering out a deal in which you plead guilty to a lesser offense.

So for instance, let’s say you have been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. This is a misdemeanor crime that comes with potential jail time and a large fine. And if you were to plead guilty to this crime, it would go on your permanent record forever (making it incredibly difficult get a good job, rent a decent apartment, or take out a business or student loan).

If The People’s Counsel can work out a plea bargain with the prosecutor, you would not plead guilty to the misdemeanor drug paraphernalia. Instead, it would be a minor infraction (such as “littering”), which would never become a part of your record. This would ensure that the problems described above would not come to pass.

As you can see, there are several options available to you. In reality, most people do not hire a legal professional, and instead walk into court by themselves (which almost always results in an admission of guilt to the original charge). But at The People’s Counsel, we have a much better plan in mind! All you have to do is give us a call, and we will take it from there!!