St. Charles Defense Attorney Bill Byrnes
Assault Charges Defense

Assault and Battery is one of the most common violent crimes that people in St. Louis and St. Charles are charged with. Bill Byrnes wants you to know you have rights, and he’ll work hard to make sure you are properly defended. Trust Bill Byrnes to fight for you!

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Charged with Assault? You NEED a Criminal Defense Attorney

Assault is a violent crime, and there are various degrees of assault charges. Some are serious enough to change your life forever. If you’ve been charged with assault, you need to call a lawyer immediately. The Byrnes Law Firm will insure you’re represented fairly, and that your rights are properly protected under the Constitution of the United States.

Assault charges often result from a fight between two people, and the person who started the fight is not necessarily the person charged with a crime. As a trusted lawyer serving St. Charles and St. Louis, Missouri, Bill Byrnes will provide you with the best possible defense in your case.

Degrees of Assault

Missouri lawmakers do not distinguish between “assault” and “battery,” where a threat of physical harm may or may not lead to actual physical harm. However, this in no way makes the charges less serious. If you have threatened another person, whether intentionally or as a result of negligence, you can be charged with assault and battery.

The charge is then classified as a simple assault, aggravated assault, or felony assault. Which classification is used  depends on factors like whether a weapon was used and the defendant’s previous assault-related record (if any).

Consequences can range from anger-management classes and probation for a misdemeanor to an extensive prison sentence for a felony. The range depends on the facts of your case, the condition of the alleged victim, and several other individualized factors.

How We Defend You

As an assault defense lawyer in the state of Missouri, Bill Byrnes has defended hundreds of clients facing assault charges of varying degrees. He will take immediate action and begin drafting a plan to prepare your defense. Here are the options Bill will consider:

  • The first goal is always to have the charges dropped. This could be based on lack of intent or on self-defense.
  • If a dismissal is not an option, Bill will help you achieve a NOT guilty verdict at trial.
  • If you are not interested in a lengthy trial process, he can negotiate with the court. In most cases, he can argue for probation, classes, and/or paying restitution — money for damages.

Domestic Assault

The criminal defense attorneys at the Byrnes Law Firm have had years of experience with a wide range of assault charges, including domestic assault. We understand that a domestic assault can be one of the most difficult issues to deal with, and thus we will handle the case with the utmost discretion and professionalism.

If you believe that someone is going to seek assault charges against you, we need to start preparing now! Call the Byrnes Law Firm before you get arrested, and NEVER talk to the police without legal representation.

Byrnes Law Firm wins, and we’ll win for you too!

The Byrnes Law Firm practices many areas of criminal law, and has helped many people like you deal with assault charges, and has dedicated himself to protecting your constitutional rights. Bill wants you represented by the best, and would love to speak with you about your assault charge defense case. CALL OUR OFFICE to set up a FREE CONSULTATION. Our phones are available 24 hours a day.

Why Call Bill Byrnes?


For nearly two decades, attorney Bill Byrnes has sought to protect the rights of individuals and families in St. Charles, St. Louis, and throughout the state of Missouri. Through his hard work, knowledge, experience, and dedication, he has won the respect of clients and colleagues throughout the state.


Bill is more than just some lawyer. He truly cares, and treats each of his clients with a far more personal touch than most other lawyers.

Proven Results

Hundreds of clients and thousands of cases, Bill Byrnes has the history and track record to prove he’s prepared for your case. He’s even set case law during his career!

Degrees Of Assault Charges
Understanding the crime you’re being charged with:

Criminal Consequences Of Conviction

If you are charged with drug possession, the most important thing to remember is that you are legally entitled to have your attorney present during any communication—whether verbal or written—with an officer. Bill Byrnes will provide prompt and reliable legal advice to help you protect yourself or a loved one during an investigation or arrest for the illegal possession of drugs. In fact, Bill Byrnes’ most recent success involved 84 pounds of marijuana found in a vehicle trunk. The out of state driver was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute. In the end, it was amended to possession with a fine. Bill Byrnes’s client was released in a matter of days. A drug defense by a lawyer with real expertise in  illegal search and seizure produces this type of documented success.

To protect yourself against drug charges, you must know:

  • The FBI, DEA, ATF, county, and municipal law enforcement do not have legal authority to make legally binding agreements in exchange for reduced punishment.
  • Talking to an officer without a lawyer present usually results in a written or oral confession that is quite damaging to your defense.
  • Do not speak to any officer or official without your attorney present, even if you think you’re guilty.

What We Can Do For Your Drug Charge

As a leading drug defense attorney, Bill Byrnes has represented clients across Missouri. Whether arrested or under investigation for illegal drugs you need immediate legal advice that will protect you or your loved one’s defense. Many people who wait to call a drug defense lawyer make big mistakes, which include:

  • Providing verbal and/or written details, which will be used as evidence in deposition and trial. A Criminal Drug Defense Attorney can stop the collection of this evidence.
  • Believing officers, FBI, and DEA can make legally binding agreements for the promise of a reduced sentence.
  • Making agreements without a lawyer — that is, without an experienced advocate who understands the law.

Do not sign or discuss agreements without a lawyer, even if you are afraid you are guilty and will go to jail.

A qualified and experienced Drug Defense Lawyer can explain the process to you and help you plan your strongest defense. Contact the Byrnes Law Firm today! Our lawyer’s office can be reached by phone or through our online contact form. We provide FREE and confidential initial consultations.


Byrnes Law Firm understands that many people struggle with the financial burdens their case may have, and likely feel reluctant to even speak with a lawyer about their case, often choosing to go at it alone. This is a mistake, and more often than not, will lead to an unfavorable outcome in your case. When your rights are at risk, you need a strong and experienced lawyer at your side to get you through with the best possible outcome, and the Byrnes Law Firm wants you to know that you can call and consult with them about your case absolutely free. Tell your story, and know your options. You’re in good hands.

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