Bad things happen to good people – sometimes we make mistakes. If you’ve been arrested, you need an expert criminal defense attorney to ensure you’re treated fairly and receive the best outcome possible. In St. Charles, your best choice for a criminal defense attorney is Bill Byrnes. With the Byrnes Law Firm on your side, your best interests will be cared for closely.

An arrest is a scary event – especially if it’s never happened to you before. It’s important to remain calm and carefully consider your next steps.

After the Arrest

Those inexperienced with the legal system are often the ones who severely hurt their defense within the first few hours of being taken into custody. If you find yourself in this situation, follow these important steps:

  1. Remain calm and follow officer instructions both during the arrest and while at the jail.
  2. DO NOT discuss the events of the arrest over the jail telephone, these calls are recorded.
  3. DO NOT speak or write anything about the incident. Request to speak with your attorney.
  4. Consider hiring an attorney BEFORE posting bail. In Missouri, bailing out of jail cancels your right to a public defender. However, an expert criminal defense attorney can often reduce or remove your bail.

This is a very basic list of what you should do after an arrest. The important part is that you DO NOT speak to police officers about the details of the case. They are not your friends, and regardless of what they say, they aren’t trying to help your case.

Types of Criminal Defense Cases We Handle

The Byrnes Law Firm is experienced in a variety of case types. We provide criminal defense for:

  • Drug Possession
  • Distribution of a Controlled Substance
  • Marijuana Offenses
  • Assault
  • Stealing and Theft
  • Weapons Violations
  • Burglary
  • Passing Bad Checks
  • Probation Violations
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • Bond Reduction
  • Recalling Warrants

Bill is very approachable and easy to talk to. I was treated with respect and received great legal guidance every step of the way. His assistant is outstanding, very knowledgeable and courteous. They worked with me on a payment plan and it was very affordable. I had a great experience with this law firm and they helped me out immensely. I would highly recommend Bill and his team for all your legal needs.

Review by: R.H.
Reviewing: Criminal Defense Legal Services
Date published:08/20/2015
Rating:5 / 5 stars

Our criminal defense services are not limited only to these areas. Please contact us to review charges on a case by case basis.


Dealing with the fallout after you’ve been arrested is frequently difficult. When you come to the Byrnes Law Firm for a consultation, you won’t face judgment or criticism. Instead, you’ll speak with a criminal defense attorney who will listen, understand, and present real solutions for your case. The first consultation is always free with the Byrnes Law Firm, and we’ll provide you with real legal advice as to how you should proceed.

We understand that an arrest for any reason is a serious issue. The Byrnes Law Firm provides consistent, high-quality legal defense for a variety of criminal charges. We are on your side when the odds are stacked against you.

For a free consultation about your case, please contact us today.

What Clients Say

  • You were always my go to. Thanks for taking care of me, and caring that I could take care of myself!
    - Matthew Krueger
  • Being in a courtroom can be very scary, unfortunately I speak from experience. Best feeling in the world is not having to worry when you know you have Bill in your corner!
    - Joel Wallschleager
  • This will be my next lawyer if I ever need one. I have seen him in action in Warrenton. If anyone ever needs a lawyer and cannot find his number let me know. It’s on my refrigerator!
    - Elaine Frei