Overland Missouri Criminal Defense Attorney

Overland Municipal Court Info

Hours: 8AM – 5PM, Monday – Friday
Court Phone: (314) 428-1224
Court Administrator: Mrs. Jan Mackey

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.

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The biggest mistake you can make when charged with a crime is to walk into court by yourself. This is how the vast majority of people handle such situations. But this decision can be the worst mistake of your life. Why? Because self-represented individuals end up doing the same thing:  they plead guilty to the charges leveled against them.

Why would someone plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge in Overland Missouri? To be perfectly honest, most people in America haven’t any clue what a misdemeanor is. Nor do most Americans know or understand their Constitutional rights. In fact, most folks in this country haven’t the slightest idea what a criminal defense attorney does. 

As a result, this lack of information means that people never seek out an Overland MO criminal defense lawyer to assist them. But can you imagine strolling into the emergency room with a burst appendix, and not accepting the help of a trained physician? Can you see yourself pushing the doctor out of the way so that you could make use of a scalpel? 


If such a scenario sounds laughable, that’s because it is. No one in their right mind would perform a medical procedure on themselves. If you have no medical training (or basic understanding of the human body), then finding an experienced doctor would make the most sense, right? 

But very few people apply this same logic when it comes to their legal-related matters. Indeed, very few people hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer (in Overland Missouri, or anywhere else across the United States) to help them. Instead, they decide to put themselves in an incredibly difficult position. 

When you plead guilty to a misdemeanor crime in Overland Missouri, it will become a part of your permanent record. This will end up making life hard for you in ways you might not expect. For instance, when you apply for a job, the employer will very likely run a simple criminal background check. This report will show the criminal conviction, and as a result, your chances of getting the job will go down in flames. Or if you want to rent an apartment, the same background check will be run, and that dream house will slip through your fingers. The same thing would likely happen when you fill out a loan application for your business idea or college plans. 


But when the Overland Missouri criminal defense lawyers at The People’s Counsel are retained, we will work hard to make sure your rights are defended and protected! To begin with, our legal team will determine if the facts of your case warrant a dismissal of the charges. For example, let’s say you have been arrested for possession of marijuana. But the police officer found this substance by way of an unlawful search and seizure. If we discover that this kind of thing occurred, then we would be in a good position to ask that the charge(s) be dropped. 

In the alternative, The People’s Counsel has been tremendously successful in working out “plea bargains” with the local prosecutor over the last ten (10) years. A plea bargain is negotiated deal in which we would ensure that you do not plead guilty to a misdemeanor (such as possession of marijuana). Instead, you would end up pleading to a minor infraction, such as ‘littering,’ which would not show up on your permanent record (and therefore avoiding all the negative outcomes described above). 

Depending on the situation, our legal team might also be in a position to ask the judge to place you on probation. If we can convince the judge that this is best for you, the court will suspend any jail time or payment of any fine. So long as you make it through the probationary period (which usually lasts between one and two years in length) without getting into any new trouble, then the charges will not show up on your record. 

Does this sound better than going into court all alone? Doesn’t it make more sense to hire The People’s Counsel to help get you a positive outcome? If so, all you need to do is give us a call! Our legal team will be more than happy to assist. We look forward to hearing from you!!