Clayton Missouri Criminal Defense Attorney

Clayton Municipal Court Info

Hours: Mon – Fri, 5:15 – 10 PM | 6PM on the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Clayton Police Department located at 10 S. Brentwood Blvd., Clayton, Missouri 63105.
Court Phone: 314-290-8441
Court Administrator: Elricka Jones
Municipal Judge: Joseph R. Dulle

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.


Receiving criminal citation in Clayton Missouri does not have to be the end of the world. The criminal defense lawyers at The People’s Counsel have been assisting people for over ten (10) years in this municipality, and we would be more than happy to help in your time of need.

In reality, however, most people never seek the aid of a good Clayton MO criminal defense attorney. Why? There are many reasons for this (which will be addressed below). But the fact that you are reading this page right now is noteworthy. It means that you do care about your Constitutional rights, and understand that you need legal representation when the government has taken the extraordinary step of charging you with a crime.


Why don’t people seek out a criminal defense attorney? Here are some reasons why:

1. People believe that they cannot afford the fees that are typically charged by lawyers. While it is true that there are many lawyers whose rates are through the roof, that does not necessarily mean that you are receiving the best services in return. Lawyers will typically charge whatever rates they think people will pay (and then still end up doing the same mediocre job). But at The 
People’s Counsel, we think about things differently. For instance, we have a number of Clayton Missouri criminal defense attorneys here in our office. Some of those attorneys have a tremendous amount of knowledge and legal skill, and therefore charge higher rates. But many of our defense lawyers handle criminal cases far more cheaply. So if your aversion to contacting a law firm is price, then please do give us a call! We are more than happy to work out a fee structure and payment plan that works within your budget.

2. There are many people who believe that being charged with a misdemeanor is “no big deal.” But nothing could be further from the truth! Because a misdemeanor can come with potential jail time and a large fine. And it goes straight onto your permanent record.

3. Lots of folks think that they can handle the prosecutor, the judge, and the clerks on their own (without the aid of an experienced Clayton MO criminal defense lawyer). This attitude is usually the result of someone who has watched way too many legal dramas on television. But here is the straightforward truth: people who serve as their own lawyer almost always end up pleading guilty to the charge. And when you make that decision, your future is negatively impacted (in ways that you probably did not think possible). For example, when you plead guilty, the charge will become a part of your permanent record as a criminal conviction. So when you apply for a job, or an apartment, or a business / student loan, there’s a very good chance that you’ll be rejected as a candidate (because the potential employer, landlord, or financial institution will run a simple criminal background check).


But none of this has to happen to you! There is a much better way forward. And it all starts by you picking up the phone and giving us a call (or sending us an email, or filling out an online inquiry). Our legal team will begin working on your case immediately by gathering all the facts of your case (along with any documentation or evidence that the prosecutor and/or police have on you).

The next step in our process at The People’s Counsel will be to devise an aggressive strategy of defense. At the outset, our lawyers will analyze the facts and determine if there is an opportunity to have the charge(s) dismissed. This opportunity might present itself in several different ways (whether through unlawful conduct by the police officer you came into contact with, or because the prosecutor ends up putting on a case that does not meet with any legal or statutory standard of guilt).

Even if we are unable to have the charges dropped, there might still be a chance to work out a “plea bargain” with the local prosecutor. Plea bargaining is a very common practice in the state of Missouri (and all over the United States). It basically involves hammering out a deal in which you plead guilty to a lesser offense. So let’s say you have been charged with misdemeanor trespassing in Clayton MO. As mentioned above, you do not want to plead guilty to this kind of misdemeanor. However, in a plea bargain scenario, you would instead plead to a minor infraction (such as ‘littering’) which would never show up on your permanent record (and thus avoiding all the negativity described above.

Please do get in touch with us to learn more. We are more than happy to help. And we look forward to hearing from you soon!!