Criminal Defense Attorneys in St. Louis, MO
Mr. Muhlenkamp and Ms. Bernsen 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 clients. During her time at the firm, Ms. Bernsen specialized in appellate advocacy until she left the firm and began working for the State of Missouri prosecuting administrative DWIs and representing the State on various driver license matters. Mr. Muhlenkamp remained at the firm and continued representing clients in state and federal trial courts.
In 2015, they decided to open their own firm, specializing in criminal defense and appellate practice. Based on their prior experiences in the field, Muhlenkamp & Bernsen’s founding principle is to encourage and foster a direct line of communication between the attorney and the client. The firm values success by the quality of representation, the positive results realized, and the attention to detail it provides to all clients as opposed to the number of files opened. Our attorneys possess “big firm” knowledge and experience while providing it in an individualized and compassionate “small firm” setting.
Prior Success Stories
Less than One Hour Not Guilty Verdict
A Jefferson County man was facing statutory sodomy charges in the City of St. Louis, which carried a ten-year minimum sentence and mandatory sex offender registration if convicted at trial. Mr. Muhlenkamp handled the case in the City of St. Louis Circuit Court. After several depositions and a thorough investigation of the false allegations, he convinced the jury to return a not guilty verdict in less than an hour.
Court Dismisses Unlawful Use of a Weapon Charge
A South County man was wrongfully charged with a class D felony of Unlawful Use of a Weapon for allegedly exhibiting a Samurai sword in an angry and threatening manner in his front yard at two passers-by. At the preliminary hearing, attorney Muhlenkamp was able to convince the complaining witness that the Defendant, in fact, never threatened anyone with the sword or said an angry word, but rather was simply defending himself against the two passers-by who shot a gun at him. The hearing lasted approximately 20 minutes, after which the Court dismissed the case.
Child Pornography Charges Dismissed
A Lincoln County man was charged with several counts of felony possession of child pornography. His ex-wife discovered the images on his computer and called the police. When confronted with the allegations, he told the police that he had no idea what they were talking about and that he had never seen the images they were describing.
Mr. Muhlenkamp deposed the State's "expert" witness. The witness was not able to tell when the images were downloaded or whether they were even viewed at all. Mr. Muhlenkamp retained his own expert to review the evidence in the case and he prepared a thorough report that was then turned over to the prosecuting attorney.
Mr. Muhlenkamp was able to show that the Defendant had never viewed the images, let alone "knowingly possessed" any of them. Rather, someone had simply sent him images that he never saw. After Mr. Muhlenkamp presented the State with this information, they dismissed all of the charges against the Defendant.
Contact us today for a free consultation!
"Anthony has helped with a few minor cases in the past few years. He is always prompt, easily available and trustworthy. He quoted me a fair rate upfront and then delivered on expectations he set. I would recommend Anthony to anyone who needs legal assistance."
"Tony has helped myself, family, and close friends in our time of need. His combination of interpersonal skills and fierce advocacy, along with a strong, respected reputation with the area judges and prosecutors, allows him to obtain the best possible results for his clients. I would strongly recommend you hire Tony."
"Tony is very responsive and ALWAYS kept me in the loop about my pending case. He never promised any outcome, but I believe he worked extremely hard on my behalf, and I would recommend him and his firm to anybody with hesitation. Great guy."
"I hired Anthony Muhlenkamp in January 2011 for a misdemeanor offense. I highly recommend Mr Muhlenkamp for any criminal defense need. He is extremely knowledgeable and has provided sound legal advice for both my family as well as others that I have referred to his office."
"The great thing about Mr. Muhlenkamp was that he addressed my needs in my case. Not only was he direct and transparent about what my case could lead to, he asked me what I was concerned about most. This really put me at ease and allowed me to be comfortable to sit back and let Continue Reading
"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 my case and made sure he did his best to get the best possible outcome for me and my family. He presented my Continue Reading
"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 was adept at defending clients with my particular charges. I met with a few attorneys and settled on Tony Continue Reading
"I highly recommend Tory to anyone who is charged with a crime and looking for the best possible outcome. She puts in the hard work that is required and helped me understand what options I had. Tory was professional, always returned my phone calls quickly, and got me the best possible result. I would recommend Continue Reading
"I felt incredibly lucky to have Tory Bernsen in my corner. She was always prepared, knowledgeable and kept me up to date with what was going on with my case. She cares about what is going on with your specific situation and I would recommend her to anyone."
"I would definitely work with Tory again if I need an attorney. She took care of my case and got me the result I wanted. She didn't take the deal the prosecutor offered but fought for a better deal for me. She had my back through the entire process and really kept me informed and Continue Reading
"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 what and walked me through the entire process. Her services were exceptional and I can't thank her enough."
When I called she seemed compassionate about my situation and I must have talked to her for an hour asking questions she's probably heard a million times before but she listened, gave direct, professional answers and by the time I got off the phone, I actually felt 100 times better about my problem. I knew I was going to have her represent me as soon as I hung up. I am so glad I did!! Continue Reading
"Wow!!!!! Best Lawyer In Saint Louis... If you are looking for a lawyer to get you out of a bind, I would strongly recommend for you to hire Tory Bernsen as your lawyer. Not only was she professional, she also answered all of my questions during the entire court process without making me feel ashamed. Continue Reading
"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 on. they don't pawn you off to other staff...They are with you every step and work with you, Continue Reading