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St. Charles Criminal Defense Attorney

Welcome to Beerup Law

Ruth Beerup is an experienced St. Charles criminal defense attorney who has been getting excellent results for her clients for 25 years.  Unlike many defense lawyers, she has never been a prosecutor. She started her career as a public defender and has always used her first-class negotiating talents to advocate for those facing the formidable power of the criminal justice system alone. She has learned her job the hard way by fighting for her client's rights daily, and she would be happy to fight for yours too. 


Why Should You Hire St. Charles Defense Attorney Ruth Beerup?


The most important skill a criminal defense attorney can have is the ability to get things done. Ruth has a proven track record of succeeding in all phases of the process. She has obtained dismissals by finding hidden errors in police reports, negotiated outstanding plea deals to keep clients' records clean, and won trials thought to be unwinnable. 

Ruth knows the best outcome for her clients is a dismissal and works hard to get one. The most consistent way to get charges dropped is to find mistakes in the procedures used by law enforcement, and Ruth has the experience to know where to find them. She learned her trade the hard way in the high-pressure environment of the public defenders' office in the 1990s and has since refined it by examining countless police reports in private practice. If there is a mistake to be found, she will find it. 

Around 90% of criminal charges result in a plea deal. It makes sense to hire an attorney like Ruth Beerup, who is undeniably talented at getting amazing plea deals. The secret to this talent is Ruth's empathy. When you hire her, she will get to know you and have a compassionate understanding of your case's circumstances. She will then make the prosecutor see you in the same way. When the prosecutor gets your case, they have very little information about you: your name, record, and current charge. Ruth changes that. She lets them see you as who you are, whether you are a hard-working single mother who needs help with a substance problem, a good guy who made one wrong decision, or a kind person that just needs to catch one break. When the prosecutor sees you as someone just like them, just like everyone else, with hopes, dreams, fears, and flaws, they are more likely to work with you to minimize the impact of your charges and help you get your life back on track. 

Most lawyers won't admit it, but a criminal trial is a last resort. It is, in a sense, a failure. A failure to find the facts that will allow a dismissal, and a failure to convince the prosecutor to offer a fair plea deal. Sometimes, though, a trial is just unavoidable. When that is the case, you want an attorney with a history of winning in the courtroom. This may come as a surprise, but many criminal defense attorneys have never conducted a trial. Fewer still have won one. Ruth has won in the most difficult of circumstances. There is a bright, sharp line between those who have been through a trial and those who have not. You should hire an attorney on the right side of that line.


At least once a week, a client who has just hired Attorney Ruth Beerup to defend them in a criminal case will tell her that they had called many other lawyers and were quoted prices much higher, often double what Ruth is charging. Ruth knows she could charge higher fees. There are a couple of reasons she doesn't.

First, when Ruth assesses your case, she will quote a price based on how much work it will take to complete it and what her time is worth, not how much she thinks she can get away with charging. Simple honesty. These days that almost comes across as naivety, but it is how Ruth operates. 

Second, Ruth genuinely likes helping people. Not all rewards are monetary. Please take a second to read her reviews page. Ruth can tell you the story behind each and every one of them. Some of those people were in a terrible situation when they called Ruth, the kind of situation where powerful forces almost beyond your understanding are against you, and you can't possibly see a way out. Ruth extended a helping hand to pull them out of a dark place, and she knows in her heart that she has made a lasting impact on many lives. 


Ruth believes it is vital to keep the lines of communication open for her client's peace of mind and to make her job more manageable. She does her best to answer every phone call personally and returns calls quickly when busy. Not only that, but she can also explain things patiently and clearly so there is no misunderstanding. A criminal case is stressful; a lawyer who refuses to communicate with you increases the stress exponentially.




Case evaluations are free and you will always talk directly with Ruth. She can tell you exactly what charges you are facing and give you some options on how to deal with them. So, even if you don’t hire her for your case, you can still get a better understanding of your situation. Call 636-940-1111 now.