Washington Missouri Criminal Defense Attorney

Washington County Municipal Court Info

Hours: 8AM – 5:00PM, Monday – Friday
Court Phone: (573) 438-6111 ext 228
Court Administrator: Ashley Gum
Municipal Judge: Judge Hyde

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.


The City of Washington Missouri (as well as Washington County in general) is notorious for issuing criminal charges for a variety of things. High-level drug possession, resisting arrest, stealing, aggravated assault, etc. But just because the local prosecutor has decided to issue such charges, it does not mean that you have no options. As a citizen of this country, you are entitled to a broad set of rights and privileges. One of those privileges is the right to defend yourself against criminal charges leveled against you by the Washington Missouri prosecutor. 

The Washington Missouri criminal defense lawyers at The People’s Counsel have a great deal of experience defending people on all level of charges. From the lowest misdemeanor, to the highest-class felony that you can be charged with, our defense team is ready for your call. And because there is such a wide sweep of potential charges in Washington, our staff can assign to your particular case a defense attorney that not only fits your charge, but also your budget. 

For instance, let’s say the local prosecutor has issued a Class A misdemeanor for resisting arrest. Once we are hired, our legal team will uncover all the evidence available in order to produce an aggressive defense strategy that attacks the claims made by the police officer (with whom you interacted). This would of course include reviewing the police report (which is a document written by the arresting officer, and therefore gives a heavily slanted view of the facts), but also interviewing any eye witnesses who watched the events as they unfolded (which might very well punch holes in the officer’s story). 


Because our Washington Missouri criminal defense lawyers have defended many clients in this part of the state, the judge and prosecutor are well aware of the fact that our team is not content to just lay down without a fight. If the prosecutor is willing to charge you with a very serious crime, then we are prepared to force him/her to prove every single fact and element of your case. And when the prosecutor is forced by us to do his/her job, it very quickly becomes clear that The People’s Counsel is not the type of firm that will take “no” for an answer! And if we uncover facts that strongly suggest that the resisting arrest charge should be dismissed, then that is exactly what we will demand. 

In addition, the Washington MO criminal defense attorneys at The People’s Counsel are also quite adept at working out plea deals with the prosecutor. A “plea bargain” is an agreement (worked out between us and the prosecutor) in which you would plead to a much lesser infraction (as opposed to the misdemeanor or felony you are currently facing). This type of arrangement has a great deal of value, if for no other reason than because it will ensure that nothing negative becomes a part of your permanent record. 

The only time someone receives a criminal conviction to their permanent record is if 1) they are found to be guilty of the crime after the conclusion of a trial; or 2) they admit guilt to the charge without ever fighting for their Constitutional rights. Unfortunately, #2 is exactly what ends up happening to the vast majority of folks with criminal charges. People very rarely reach out to an attorney for help, and instead walk into court by themselves. The end result of such a situation is that the unrepresented defendant pleads guilty to the charge

But once that conviction is on your record, it will have a devastating impact on your future. For example, most employers run simple criminal background checks on their applicants. If your report comes back unclean, this will be a great way for the employer to eliminate you as a candidate for the job (even if you were perfectly qualified in every other way). The same would be true for renting an apartment or taking out a business / student loan (because the landlord and bank will run background checks as well). 

But things do not have to turn out this way for you! There is a much better way forward. And it all starts when you call us at The People’s Counsel. Our team will start working on your case the moment you get in touch with us. And please do ask about our payment plans that help to fit your budget. We look forward to hearing from you!