Richmond Heights Missouri Criminal Defense Attorney

Richmond Heights Municipal Court Info

Court Phone: 314-645-1982
Court Administrator: Laurie Beeko
Municipal Judge: Stephen O’Brien

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.


Did you know that most people in Richmond Heights Missouri do not hire a criminal defense lawyer to help them when they have been charged with a crime? And that as a result of this decision, the vast majority of people walk out of court having plead guilty to misdemeanor-level offense? 

This decision has significant consequences! Because when someone admits guilt to a crime, it will become a part of your permanent record as a criminal conviction. This in turn will make things very difficult when you apply for a job, rent an apartment, or take out a loan. Why? Because most employers, landlords, and lending institutions run criminal background checks on applicants. And once that conviction is seen, you will almost certainly be rejected as a candidate. 

But this does not have to happen! There is a far better route you can take!! And it all starts by giving us a call at The People’s Counsel. Our Richmond Heights Missouri criminal defense lawyers have a great deal of experience (well over ten (10) years) in successfully representing people in the Richmond Heights Missouri area. 


Our defense strategy is straightforward and aggressive, because we believe that everyone deserves an expert to defend their Constitutional rights! To begin with, we are proud to have one of the most progressive payment plans in St Louis. At The People’s Counsel, many of our Richmond Heights MO criminal defense attorneys have a tremendous amount of experience in very high level cases (such as people accused of murder, voluntary manslaughter, and 1st Degree Robbery). These attorneys end up putting a great deal of work, time, and resources into their case (and therefore charge more in fees). 

However, if your particular case involves a straightforward misdemeanor (such as trespassing or possession of drug paraphernalia), one of our defense lawyers who specialize in this kind of charge will likely be assigned to your case (and as a result, our rates for criminal defense would be much cheaper). We provide this kind of graduated payment system to our clients because we understand that not every household has the same budget. And if we can provide you with a cheaper rate for our Richmond Heights MO criminal defense, then we will do everything in our power to make it happen! 

One of the first things that our legal team will do (once we are hired) is determine whether or not your case should be dismissed (either for lack of evidence, no basis in law, or because the arresting officer violated one of your Constitutional rights in the performance of his/her duties). Getting a criminal charge dismissed requires a level of expertise and understanding that not many attorneys possess. But because of the number of cases The People’s Counsel has handled over the years (and the amount of time and effort we give to our clients), our team is always looking deep into the facts to see what kind of legal argument can be made to get the charges dropped. 

If our Richmond Heights Missouri criminal defense attorney cannot get the charges dismissed, we might be able to get them amended. This is the so-called “plea bargain,” and it is used all across the United States as the primary way in which to resolve criminal matters. Why? Because it is very efficient, does not take a great deal of time to work out, and saves a lot of time and money for all parties. 

The basic idea can be illustrated with the following example:  Let’s say you have been arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana. If you plead guilty to the charge as-is, it will not only go on your permanent record (with all the negative consequences mentioned above), but it also carries potential jail time and a large fine.

However, if we can work out a deal with the prosecutor (i.e. a plea bargain), you would not plead guilty to the misdemeanor. Instead, you would agree to plead to a lesser offense, such as “littering.” The benefit of pleading to his minor infraction is that it will never go on your record (while the prosecutor still gets to claim that you plead guilty to something). It may sound bizarre, but that is the system we have (for better or worse)! 

So please do reach out to us as soon as possible! Our team will get to work on your case immediately, by gathering all the pertinent facts and speaking to potential witnesses. At the end of the day, our goal is to get you the best outcome possible. We look forward to hearing from you!!