Maplewood Missouri Criminal Defense Attorney

Maplewood Municipal Court Info

Hours: 8:30AM – 5PM, Monday – Friday
Court Phone: 314-646-3636
Municipal Judge: Brian Dunlop

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.

Maplewood Missouri Criminal Defense Attorney


One of the most difficult times in a person’s life can come when they are charged with a crime. Whether this charge is in Maplewood MO (or anywhere else in Missouri), it is in your best interest to hire a good, experienced criminal defense lawyer to represent you. 

But not all attorneys are created the same! Many attorneys will charge you an arm-and-a-leg in fees, only to then turn around and provide less than stellar legal services. At The People’s Counsel, we believe that every Maplewood Missouri citizen should have access to affordable criminal defense. Why? Because the only way people can receive “equal justice under the law” is if they are given an opportunity to hire a lawyer who truly cares about their rights and future. 

Once we are hired, our Maplewood Missouri criminal defense attorneys will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome on your case. We accomplish this goal by working closely with the officials at the Maplewood Municipal Court. This would include not only the judge and prosecutor. But also all the clerk and legal secretaries. This kind of relationship has allowed The People’s Counsel to secure more positive outcomes in Maplewood Missouri than any other law firm in St Louis. 


And because our Maplewood MO criminal defense lawyers have practiced for over ten (10) years in this municipality, the court has come to recognize our legal services as top notch (and therefore understands that our legal team knows the law inside and out). This knowledge has resulted in our firm finding many different ways to get criminal charges dropped. If, for example, the local prosecutor fails to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you should be found guilty of the charge, then our team will waste little time in asking that the case be dismissed. Or if the police officer who initially cited you ended up mishandling evidence (or in some other way violated your Constitutional rights), we will ask the judge to throw the charges out. 

If an opportunity to get the charge thrown out does not exist, then our defense team will try and secure a “recommendation” from the prosecutor. If we can convince the prosecutor that the original charge should be reduced, then he/she will “recommend” to the judge that your misdemeanor charge be amended down to a lesser offense. This type of deal is described as a plea bargain. And our team has negotiated hundreds and hundreds of them over the years! 

So for instance, let’s say you have been arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana (which can come with potential jail time and a large fine). Our Maplewood Missouri criminal defense attorneys will work hard to execute a plea bargain in which you end up pleading to a minor infraction (such as ‘littering’). These minor infractions do not become a part of your permanent record (and please believe us when we tell you that one of the main goals at The People’s Counsel is to keep the criminal charge off your record). 

In the alternative, if the prosecutor is unwilling to amend the original charge (by way of a plea bargain), then our team still might be able to suspend any sentence that could be imposed (such as jail time and a fine). In this scenario, we would ask that the judge place you on probation (for a period of time that usually lasts between one (1) to two (2) years in length). If you make it through the probationary period without getting into anymore trouble, then the misdemeanor charge will not show up on your permanent record. 

As you can plainly see, there are several options that our Maplewood Missouri criminal defense lawyers have available in our representation of you. But unfortunately, most Americans never reach out to an attorney. And when people represent themselves, the vast majority of them end up pleading guilty to the original charge. This is the last thing you want to happen! Why? Because in doing so, you will ensure that a criminal conviction will become a part of your record. This will have a tremendous impact on your future ability to get a job, rent an apartment, or take out a loan (because most employers, landlords, and banks run simple criminal background checks). 

So please do get in touch with us right away. Our team will begin working on your case immediately. We look forward to hearing from you!!