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With an approach focused on personalized attention and backed by more than 25 years of combined experience, our firm will provide you the highest level of legal counsel and you can be confident that your rights and freedom will be passionately and skillfully defended.  

St. Louis Criminal Defense Attorneys

Award-Winning Legal Representation Fighting for You

Being charged with a crime is scary. With your rights on the line and the possibility of serious criminal consequences, you need to get help from experienced St. Louis criminal defense attorneys right away. At Muhlenkamp & Bernsen, Attorneys at Law, we fight to make sure our clients’ rights are protected and that they have the best chance at a favorable outcome. You don’t have to fight your case alone. Whether you face drug charges, sex crime allegations, theft offenses or you want to appeal a court outcome, our award-winning lawyers can help you plan your case and fight aggressively on your behalf. By calling (314) 347-3313 right away to schedule your free consultation, you can begin working on an effective strategy to help you protect your future and preserve your freedom.

Attorneys Anthony Muhlenkamp and Tory Bernsen have both earned 10.0 Superb Ratings on Avvo from their peers in the legal community. Our team has the in-depth knowledge and insight to help you gain a clear picture of what to expect and how to proceed. As your advocate, we can review the evidence against you and check for errors that could be crucial to the outcome of your case. Throughout our years in practice, we have helped our clients get their charges reduced or even dropped altogether. With us on your side, you can feel more confident and hopeful about your future. Get started with a free consultation today.

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Awards & Associations

With recognition among Rising Stars℠, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and a Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rating, few St. Louis criminal law firms boast the experience and legal presence of Muhlenkamp & Bernsen, Attorneys at Law. We are confident in our ability to help you tell your side of the story and avoid a conviction, no matter how serious the charges or damning the evidence. Our goal is to protect your rights and obtain the best possible outcome for your case, and our long list of satisfied clients and successful case outcomes testify to our ability to do just that.

  • Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Association of Attorneys
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • America's Top 100
  • NCDD
  • Super Lawyers

Recent Case Results

Aggressively Pursuing the Best Possible Outcome

  • Manslaughter and Three Counts of Assault by DWI Sentence Significantly Reduced
  • Assault and Armed Criminal Action Case Dismissed
  • Child Molestation Not Guilty

    A man from South County was charged with child molestation in the City of St. Louis for allegedly fondling his stepdaughter.Attorney Muhlenkamp highlighted the inconsistencies in the disclosures, her motive to fabricate the allegation in the first place, and the overall lack of reasonableness/common sense that surrounded each allegation.

  • Federal Wire Fraud No Prison Time

    A woman charged with fraud in violation of federal law was facing prison time. Attorney Muhlenkamp was able to convince the court to sentence her to probation without prison time.

  • Two Counts of Robbery in the First Degree Case Dismissed

    A St. Louis County man was charged with two counts of robbery in the first degree and armed criminal action, felonies that carried a potential sentence of life in prison. The alleged victim’s prior identification of Mr. Muhlenkamp’s client was only the product of a Facebook search on his friend’s cellphone that proved to be completely unreliable. The judge dismissed the case and the State agreed not to reissue charges.

  • Domestic Assault in the Second Degree Charges Dismissed

    A wrongfully accused domestic violence case was dismissed within a month of the charges being filed.

  • Stealing a Motor Vehicle Charges Dismissed

    A man was charged with a felony for stealing a motor vehicle. The state waited two years to file the charges and Mr. Muhlenkamp filed a motion to dismiss the charges due to a new law that reclassifies this as a misdemeanor instead of a felony. The state also missed the one-year statute of limitations. which means they had no choice but to dismiss the charges.

  • Felony Theft Charges Dismissed

    A man charged with stealing unemployment benefits from the State of Missouri in 2010 was unaware of this charge until 2016. He was caught off guard and hired Attorney Muhlenkamp. Mr. Muhlenkamp filed a motion to dismiss and the state dismissed the charges two days later.

  • Felony Offense of Writing a Bad Check Charges Dismissed

    A woman charged with a felony offense of writing a bad check over 20 years ago was recently facing prosecution. Mr. Muhlenkamp filed a motion to dismiss charges due to her speedy trial rights being violated along with the state failing to meet the proper statute of limitations. The court granted Muhlenkamp’s motion and dismissed the case.

  • Class D Felony of Unlawful Use of a Weapon Case Dismissed

    A South County man was wrongfully charged with a class D felony of Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Attorney Muhlenkamp was able to convince the complaining witness that the Defendant, in fact, never threatened anyone. The hearing lasted approximately 20 minutes, after which the Court dismissed the case.


Leverage Our Experience

Meet Your Dedicated Criminal Defense Attorneys
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    Anthony Muhlenkamp
    Anthony Muhlenkamp (feel free to call him Tony) has been practicing law since 2003. He graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 2000 with a business degree, then headed west to Los Angeles, California where he graduated from Southwestern University School of Law. Although he thoroughly enjoyed his law school experience—especially criminal law , criminal procedure, and trial advocacy—he could not stand the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. There was something about spending four ...
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    Tory Bernsen
    Tory Dowd Bernsen is a partner at Muhlenkamp & Bernsen, Attorneys at Law. She focuses on criminal defense, DWI, and appellate advocacy. Tony Muhlenkamp and Tory first began working together at a large criminal defense firm in St. Louis in 2008. They represented clients for several years on numerous matters, ranging from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies. During that time, they developed a trusted relationship which enabled them to work well together and advocate effectively for their ...

A Broad Base of Experience

Tony and Tory began working together at a large, high-profile law firm in St. Louis before choosing to serve clients in a more boutique manner at a small, local firm. Their experience includes prosecution, state and federal trials, and a laser focus on DWI defense. Since opening Muhlenkamp & Bernsen, Attorneys at Law, our firm’s goal has been to give every one of our clients the best chance at a hopeful, prosperous future. We possess big firm knowledge while providing effective representation in a small firm setting.

Our experience in handling all types of criminal charges, along with having a former prosecutor on our staff, helps us better prepare our clients for the legal challenges they face. When you are put under arrest, you may feel as if you have nowhere to turn for help. Muhlenkamp & Bernsen, Attorneys at Law is here to help you face the charges and stand strong in defense of your future. Let our team give you the representation you deserve. Call now to schedule your free consultation and begin planning for your case.

  • She has a brilliant mind!

    “I consulted with Tory Bernsen about some legal issues and she helped me a lot with her insight and amazing knowledge! She has a brilliant mind!!! She is so professional and her law firm is very hands ...”

    - Former Client
  • Her services were exceptional and I can’t thank her enough.

    “I would recommend Tory Dowd Bernsen to anyone I know. She was attentive, knowledgeable, determined, and persistent. She was hands on and did everything to help my case. She is on your side no matter ...”

    - Former Client

    “I want to go on the record that this law firm is 5 STAR OUTSTANDING! Anthony & Tory are professional, experienced & are readily available to discuss your issues and properly & competently represent ...”

    - Former Client
  • His high acumen and rock solid judgement show him to be one of the best in his field

    “Based on the circumstances of my recent misdemeanor case, I was at risk of losing my job and my marriage, not to mention my reputation and standing in the community. My case called for someone that ...”

    - Former Client
  • He was amazing and my family and I will forever be thankful for his services. Thanks, Tony!

    “I would recommend Tony (Anthony Muhlenkamp) to anyone I know with a criminal infraction, no matter how big or small. He was attentive, knowledgeable, determined, and persistent. He spent much time on ...”

    - Former Client

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