Olivette Missouri Criminal Defense Attorney

Olivette Municipal Court Info

Hours: 8AM – 4:30PM, Monday – Friday
Court Phone: 314-991-6047
Court Administrator: Sarah Runser
Municipal Judge: John P. Frisella

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.


We are your #1 choice for criminal defense in Olivette Missouri! Our legal team has been representing clients all over the state of Missouri for well over ten (10) years. And because we have handled so many cases in Olivette MO in particular, The People’s Counsel is very well known and respected by all the officials at the Olivette Municipal Court (such as the judge, the prosecutor, and the court clerks). 

So please do let us help you in this time of need! Because unfortunately, the vast majority of people charged with a crime in Olivette Missouri do not reach out to criminal defense law firm. Instead, most folks walk into court all by themselves (without the aid of a trained, experienced attorney). This decision can be costly (in more ways than you probably realize)! Why? Because unrepresented defendants almost always make the same mistake: they plead guilty to the crime.

Why is pleading guilty to a misdemeanor crime in Olivette MO such a bad idea? Because this will result in the charge becoming a part of your permanent record as a criminal conviction. And if you have ever applied for a job, then you already know how often a criminal background check is administered. Even when you are perfectly qualified for a job, many employers will eliminate you as a candidate if your record is unclean. 


The same would be true when you try to rent an apartment or take out a business / student loan. Landlords frequently make use of background checks (and sometimes landlords will run the background check before they run a credit report). The use of background checks is becoming more common by financial institutions when people apply for loans. So if you have a perfect credit score (or made straight A’s in high school), that will probably not be enough if your record is marred by a conviction. 

So what can we do for you instead? How do the Olivette Missouri criminal defense lawyers at The People’s Counsel help to prevent the above negativity from happening? 

The first order of business for our legal team will be to collect as much information and evidence on your particular case as we can. Even the smallest detail can easily turn out to be significant in our defense strategy (so we never want to leave any stone unturned). One of the reasons why these efforts are so important is that it can result in us potentially finding a way to get the charge(s) dismissed.

For instance, if the local prosecutor fails to present sufficient evidence to prove that you should be found guilty under the MO Criminal Code (or local ordinance), then we will immediately ask that the charges be dropped. Or if the police officer with whom you came into contact violated your Constitutional rights (like if the officer performed an unlawful search or seizure), our team will waste no time in demanding that the charges be thrown out. Not every criminal defense firm is willing to go to these lengths! At The People’s Counsel, we make it our goal to fight hard for the best outcome (even if it means a little more work than most lawyers are willing to do). 

Even if we cannot get the charges dismissed, there will likely be a chance that we can work out a deal with the prosecutor in which you end up pleading to a lesser infraction. This is described as a “plea bargain,” which is the manner by which most criminal matters are disposed of in the United States. So if you have been charged with something like misdemeanor trespassing, it would be awful if you plead guilty to this original charge (please refer to the above paragraphs which detail why). But if we can work out a deal by which you plead to a minor offense (such as ‘littering’), nothing negative will go onto your permanent record. And if your record is clean, then there is no need to worry about your future prospects for advancement in life. 

All you have to do is get in touch with us! Our legal team will get to work on your case immediately (from the very first phone call). We look forward to hearing from you!!