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Eric Verne Barnhart

Criminal defense Attorney at Clayton, MO

4.9   41 reviews
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  • Licensed for 24 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

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About Eric

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2023 AVVO CLIENT'S CHOICE ATTORNEY. "I THINK IF I WERE EVER IN SERIOUS LEGAL TROUBLE, I’D WANT AN ATTORNEY LIKE BARNHART."

I only handle criminal cases. That is what I am great at. I have been practicing criminal law for twenty years. In that time, I have handled every type of case imaginable, from a speeding ticket to a murder. No matter the severity of the accusations brought against you, I work equally hard on every case. I will come up with a plan for a defense and execute it.


When I am hired by a client, the first thing I do is obtain a copy of the stature, the jury instructions and research case law. I will interview you, my client, as many times as necessary to ensure no important details are left out. I will execute a plan in every case. For example, in a stealing over $750 (felony), I might challenge the value and argue for a misdemeanor. I might work out an agreement with the prosecutor where my client pays full restitution in exchange for the prosecutor amending the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor. Knowing these options and taking advantage of them helps me to serve you best.

It is important that your attorney has jury trial experience as well. Many times, the threat of a jury trial can lead to a better outcome in a case. During my twenty-year career, I have first chaired seventy-three jury trials and had tremendous success in winning them.

I prepare for these jury trials at the beginning of the case. I will subpoena medical records, subpoena video, obtain records, etc. Once we obtain the police reports and discovery from the prosecutor, I normally want to conduct depositions of the key witnesses in the case.

A deposition is when we hire a court reporter who will write down word for word of my interview of the witness. The court reporter will type out the transcript of the interview. Depositions protect us by making sure the testimony of the witness is “locked in.” A deposition can lead to additional evidence. Many times, we will hire an investigator to interview witnesses or find witnesses who were at the scene. There are times when the police officer does not interview every witness in the case. There might be a witness who can help my client and help secure a not guilty if the case goes to trial.

I handle cases mainly in the St. Louis County, City of St. Louis, St. Charles, and Jefferson County. I have handled cases in St. Francois County, Washington, Lincoln County and Ste. Genevieve. I also handle federal cases. Rest assured, no matter where you are or what crime is brought against you, you can count on me to do my utmost to defend you.

Location

The Law Office of Eric V. Barnhart LLC
The 130 Building
130 South Bemiston Avenue, Suite 303
Clayton, MO, 63105

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2024
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❤️
So sad to hear you gone one of the BEST LAWYERS in the CITY LIKE WOW ERIC THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP
Posted by Mike | March 14, 2024
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What can i say Eric is the best!!
Eric is very personal and professional lawyer. Did not doubt his skills and knowledge . Always there to do his very best and handling my case. So please for everything he did for me. Wouldnt recommend no body else!
Posted by Seth | March 6, 2024
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Best of the best
I highly recommend Eric’s services he’s quick and on top of things at all times, he’s helped me and many friends from traffic cases to more extreme cases and has handled all of them exceptionally. Eric is always just a phone call away if I have a question or concern as well is he is very realistic and gives you an idea of what to expect based on his extensive knowledge and expertise. I can confidently enter any court room with Eric as my defense.
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Posted by Colby | February 9, 2024
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Top teir Attorney
Initially Google searched "Best Criminal Defense Attorneys near me" and found Eric at the top of the list. Hired Eric because of his expertise, along with the compelling reviews from former clients. Started the journey with my case fearful of possible prison time and the brand of a felon, Eric worked his nails off and In the end I pleaded to 6 months probation and a 100$ fine. This man is the finest kind. God forbid it, but if I ever need a defense attorney again, I'm calling Erin Barnhart without hesitation. Highly recommend
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Posted by Dawn | February 5, 2024
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Best result possible for our situation
We hired Eric for my young adult son's 2nd degree assult charge. My son is autistic, he was put into a situation that was scary for him. He reacted in a way he shouldn't have, but no one was hurt. Eric cared and understood the situation. Even when I wanted to give up, to try to drop it to the lowest felony with suspended sentance, Eric refused to let that happen to my son. Eric got my sons charge dropped to a mistermeanor with suspended sentance. He truly cared, and he was available to us anytime that we needed him. I can't explain how grateful we are.
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Posted by Chad | January 15, 2024
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Results!
I hired Eric to handle 4 charges in 2 separate cases happening simultaneously. Eric did what he said he would do and got me the results I wanted. His communication has always been strong, he listens, genuinely cares about his client and wants to provide a winning outcome. I would definitely hire Eric to represent me again!
Posted by Brittany | November 14, 2023
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First Rate Lawyer
Eric was the best lawyer to have handled my case! I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of a great defense attorney. He is very professional and knowledgeable and will listen to his client fully. He will strategize and prepare a strong case in his clients defense.
Posted by Jaquan Cannon | October 14, 2023
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Defendant
Excellent job it will be a process but he’ll get the job done .Mr.Eric V Barnhart is the man for the Job For sure
Posted by Tavi | July 19, 2023
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The absolute best
Mr. Barnhart is experienced, knowledgeable, responsive, attentive to details, listens, cares, and fought for justice. I am forever grateful and can recommend him without any reservations. Thank you for alieviating my sleepless nights
Posted by Michelle | April 27, 2023
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Over The Moon Satisfaction!
We hired Eric to represent our daughter. Eric was very polite, professional and attentive; always replied to emails, texts and phone calls on the same day.  He sent legal correspondence by mail after each court date. The case involved several felony criminal charges. It takes patience and trust to have faith in an attorney to plea a case like our daughter's. We are very pleased with the disposition. Eric saved her career. Thank you Eric, we'll never hesitate to hire or refer you! 
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Posted by Paul | April 17, 2023
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Diligent intelligent dedicated attorney
I cannot say enough about Mr Eric Barnhart and his capabilities as a criminal defense lawyer. When he took our case he pretty much lived our case. He was always open to questions and to issues that were going on. And no matter the case and no matter the charge Mr Barnhart would be an excellent attorney for you as a defendant or a family member. I highly recommend Mr Barnhart.
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Posted by Elaina | April 12, 2023
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Quick Resolve
Mr. Barnhart handled a couple different cases for me simultaneously. He saved my life getting me into drug court, a hard but wonderful program that gave me a fresh start in life. He was quick, efficient, responsive, and actually cared about what I wanted. With him on my side, I didn't have to spend any time behind bars and was fair with payments so I could afford his services! I recommend him for anyone who needs a criminal defense attorney! He's a bulldog
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Posted by Clayton | April 1, 2023
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Outstanding Defense Attorney
If you’re looking for a Criminal Defense Attorney, you’re in the right place. Eric did a fantastic job on our case! It started with him getting the Bond/release conditions reduced (with no Bondsman) and relaxed constraints. He then was able to plea down two Felony charges to misdemeanors which seemed like a long shot. Eric’s knowledge of Criminal Law, the court system and his people skills all contribute to his success. Additionally, he is very persuasive and a very effective communicator. During the whole process, he kept us informed with text, mail and phone calls if necessary. I can’t praise Eric enough – his description on this web site is spot on. Thanks again Eric!
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Posted by Bradley | January 8, 2023
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Extremely competent....
I had an unfortunate situarion with a crazy neigjbor and was accused of assault whilendefending myself. Police were wrong and thus prosecution was wrong and Mr. Barnhart saw to it that all charges dismissed. It was a two year painful process but Eric stayed true to the facts and fought for the correct outcome. He was always easily accessible or returned calls appropriately in a timely manner. Hopefully will never need a defense attorney again, but would hire him and highly reccomend him to anyone in need of his services!
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Posted by Nicholas | December 21, 2022
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Amazing Knowledge in Law
I hired Mr. Barnhart to defend me in a Felony Stealing case. It go to the point where most Lawyers were telling me to plead guilty and take probation. Eric was determined and so Knowledgeable about the law that after a Bench trial I was found NOT Guilty. Do yourself a favor and work with Eric. He has so much experience and has seen it all and knows more about the law than even the Judge knows about the Law. Thank you Eric!
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Posted by Laith Salman | November 25, 2022
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Great attorney
Eric is one of the best straight forward attorneys i have hired. He got my case from no bond allowed to get it dismissed. I recommend him to anyone i care for.
Posted by Tony | November 14, 2022
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My friend is a mess had a probation revocation
If you're here looking for an attorney because you have a family member or friend that seems to just fall into trouble stop looking and hire Eric. My friend was looking at have his probation revoked and getting the 7 year back time of which he would have to serve a minimum of 3.5 years. Eric got the probation reinstated even with the District attorney, his probation officer and the judge suggesting prison time. The judge went with Eric and gave my mess of a friend another chance. He got a golden ticket that day and it's because of his lawyers hard work. I am 100% happy with Eric and would hire him again. Thanks so much.
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Posted by Waliyah-Kendra | November 9, 2022
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Best Lawyer in StL
He was very knowledgeable in my case and eased my anxiety by keeping me updated! He was able to get my case completely dismissed! I am so grateful for his help!
Posted by Chastity | November 3, 2022
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None better!!!
I hired Eric after carefully reviewing his background and a brief consultation. He is by far the best lawyer I’ve ever had (and I’ve had a few!!) His confidence was impressive and he was sure we would win. He stayed in communication with me and let me know everything as we went along MY CASE WAS DIDMISSED!! If you don’t hire Eric, you’re making a huge mistake.
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Posted by Mary | October 28, 2022
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You need a criminal lawyer? Look no further!!
We have a horrible neighbor...so we have mutual Order's of Protection in STL County to keep us all away from one another. That's not good enough for our neighbor, he filed a Motion for Special Prosecutor since he was unable to get the County Police to do anything about us looking out our windows or getting our mail - those actions aren't illegal - but somehow he convinced a STL County Prosecutor they were. We needed a criminal attorney - I spoke to about 5 other attorneys before Eric and none of them wanted anything to do with this! Eric took the case and from the time he did, I felt instantly better and more confident about things! He took the time to speak to us, to find out what was going on and what was behind these accusations and the case was dismissed. We never had to speak to the judge or the prosecutor, Eric took care of everything! If we ever need help like this again (let's hope, we don't ;o) I know exactly where to go!!
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AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Education

  • Saint Louis University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1999
  • University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Eric is an expert in criminal law and a great criminal defense litigator. For my immigrant clients, facing any criminal charges, I always seek his advice and help. He is always very thorough and provides practical and feasible solutions. Eric is my go-to attorney for any client-related criminal matters in Missouri."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Eric is an outstanding trial attorney who fights hard for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Eric gets great results for his clients for a reasonable fee, straight forward and no B.S. with Eric."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly. Eric & I work together often on criminal matters. He has a depth and breadth of experience in all areas of criminal litigation, and countless jury trials under his belt."
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Clayton Criminal defense Lawyer Eric Verne Barnhart
Eric Verne Barnhart
Criminal defense Attorney
Clayton, MO
Licensed for 24 years
Virtual consultation available