There's No Substitute for Experience

When your freedom and reputation are on the line, you need an attorney who has the experience to help you get the results you want. Attorney James E. Carmichael is a seasoned trial attorney and has been protecting the criminally accused for over 40 years. Experience doesn't have to cost more.

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  • Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
  • St. Charles County Bar Association

St. Charles Criminal Defense Lawyer

Defense attorney Serving Clients in Missouri for over 40 years

Criminal arrests and charges can be life-changing events in which your freedom and future may hang in the balance. They can cause havoc in your family, with your job or career, and result in compromised relationships with friends and coworkers. The uncertainty of what will happen can be nerve-wracking and the criminal justice system can be truly scary. Calling a St. Charles criminal defense attorney should be your first step if you've been arrested or charged with a crime.

To offset the the law enforcement and prosecutors, you will need a strong ally who is well-versed in criminal law, who knows the criminal justice system, and who has the experience and abilities to defend you through all stages of the process. At James E. Carmichael, Attorney at Law, you will work with a seasoned trial lawyer who has been practicing in the local courts for over 40 years. Jim Carmichael is well-known and respected by his peers, prosecutors, and judges for his impressive professional proficiency and legal results. 

Accused of a crime? Contact our St. Charles criminal defense attorney for a free initial consultation about your case by calling (636) 442-0077 or via email

Standing By Your Side
Having represented thousands of clients, Attorney James Carmichael understands exactly what you're going through, and more importantly, he knows how to fight for you.

Our Case Results

  • Penalty Reduced First Degree Murder
  • Not Guilty First Degree Assault
  • Not Guilty Verdict Felony Discharging of a Firearm
  • Charges Dropped Felony Assault
  • Case Dismissed DWI
  • Avoided Prison DWI
  • Case Dismissed DWI
  • Amended Charges Domestic Assault First Degree
  • No Conviction Distribution of a Controlled Substance
  • Not Guilty Verdict Arson
  • “A win for Carmichael” - Tim
  • “The man to go to!” - Judy
  • “Undoubtedly best of the best.” - Bob

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See what former clients have to say about their experiences with James E. Carmichael, Attorney at Law.

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An Experienced Criminal Defense attorney Can Make a Difference

Experience is a key factor that can make a dramatic difference in how your case unfolds and its final outcome in the complex matter of criminal defense. You will need someone who can do more than just seek plea bargains with prosecutors. Having a criminal attorney who is experienced in conducting trials is vital in seeking optimum results for any case. 

James Carmichael has conducted many jury trials in his more than 40 years of professional practice. This involves dealing with prosecutors and judges as well as juries with the skills and determination needed to put his clients’ needs first and foremost. He starts by offering you a free consultation in which you can tell him your side of the story and goes from there with straightforward advice. You will always get honesty, straight talk, and realistic expectations with his competent guidance and representation. 

Quality You Can Count On

  • 40 Years of Criminal Defense Experience
  • Countless Jury Trials Successfully Won
  • Honest & Straightforward Guidance
  • Highly Respected by Peers, Prosecutors and Judges

We Are With You Until the End

Preparing Every Case for Trial

By preparing every case for trial, Mr. Carmichael puts you in the strongest legal position possible. His case preparation involves a meticulous investigation into all aspects of your arrest and charges as he seeks to uncover evidence that is favorable to you and factors that are faulty, weak, or flawed on the part of the prosecution. 

Most criminal charges do not end up in a trial. However, your defense attorney must have a reputation for trial work; it may be the most critical factor in negotiating a positive plea agreement if proceeding to trial is not in your best interests. 

Attorney Carmichael’s ultimate goal is to help you avoid a conviction or minimize any consequences of criminal charges. With him as your ally, you can count on uncompromising advocacy from start to finish. Whether you are facing a minor misdemeanor or a serious felony, your best option is to put James E. Carmichael, Attorney at Law on your side for optimum results.

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