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Valley Park Missouri Criminal Defense Attorney – TPC

Valley Park Missouri Criminal Defense Attorney

Valley Park Municipal Court Info

Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday
Court Phone: (636) 225-5696
Court Administrator: Kim Berry
Municipal Judge: Steven J. Clark

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.


There are any number of misdemeanor crimes that a person in Valley Park Missouri can be charged with. This list would include: possession of marijuana (drug paraphernalia), trespassing, disturbing the peace, and assault. Each of these charges can come with potential jail time and a large fine. 

But perhaps the most negative outcome of being charged with a crime in Valley Park MO is the possibility of it becoming a part of your permanent record. Why? Because if you have a criminal conviction on your record, your chance at leading a normal life in the future will be seriously diminished. 

Let’s look at a specific example:  You have been charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. And instead of hiring a good, experienced Valley Park Missouri criminal defense lawyer, you decide to represent yourself. But here’s the problem with making this choice – nine times of out ten, an unrepresented defendant will end up pleading guilty to the charge! 


Why would someone throw away their Constitutional rights and legal options? Why would anyone choose to just accept the charge as-is? The main reason for this mistake is that people simply do not fully understand their rights. And as a result, they come to believe that walking into court by themselves will be “no big deal.” 

To help put this into perspective, imagine you fall off of a ladder at work, which results in a broken leg and a separated shoulder. In such a situation, can you see yourself refusing medical care? Or saying, “Oh, its no big deal!” Of course not! You would be taken to the nearest emergency room, and a trained physician would provide you with the help you need. 

But when it comes to legal matters, very few people reach to a Valley Park MO criminal defense attorney for assistance. As mentioned above, those folks will stand before the judge, and, without offering any defense that might be available to them, plead guilty. 

Now some of you reading that last paragraph might be thinking, “Well of course folks don’t know how to properly defend themselves! They don’t understand the law.” But this is precisely why you need a criminal defense team ready to fight for your rights. 

At The People’s Counsel, we handle each client as if they are a family member (in other words, we take care of our clients with the same level of care that we would afford a brother or sister). Over the last ten (10) plus years, our legal team has successfully handled hundreds and hundreds of criminal cases (in Valley Park, and all across the state of Missouri). 


Our first goal will be to determine if the charges leveled against you should be dismissed. Very often, law enforcement will bungle evidence or perform their duties so poorly that it results in a Constitutional violation of your rights. And sometimes, it is the prosecutor who ends up failing to prove all the elements of the criminal statute under which you were charged. In both of these situations, our Valley Park MO criminal defense lawyers will waste little time in asking that the charge(s) be dropped. 

If the possibility of a dismissal does not exist, our team will move on to the next step in our defense strategy. That would involve working very closely with the local prosecutor to hammer out a deal in which you would not admit guilt to the misdemeanor charge. Instead, The People’s Counsel would work out a “plea bargain” with the prosecutor in which you plead to a lesser offense. The reason why this would be beneficial to you is that the lesser offense (such as ‘littering’) would not show up on your permanent record (and therefore saving you a world of hurt). 

Just please keep on thing in mind (as you look into hiring the best Valley Park Missouri criminal defense attorney):  If the misdemeanor becomes a criminal conviction on your record, the chances of you getting a good job, a decent apartment, or taking out a student / business loan are going to be low. Why? Because most employers, landlords, and banks run criminal background checks on their applicants. 

But you can avoid all of this craziness! All you have to do is give us a call (or shoot us an email, or fill out an online form). Our team will get to work on your case immediately. We look forward to hearing from you!!