Missouri takes child support payments seriously. If you failed to pay court-ordered child support, you may be charged with a misdemeanor or felony-level criminal nonsupport.
At the St. Charles law office of Flesner Wentzel, we help individuals who have been charged with criminal nonsupport defend against their criminal charges, avoid jail, reduce their fines and keep their criminal records clean.
St. Louis Criminal Nonsupport Defense Attorneys
In Missouri, criminal nonsupport charges are serious crimes. Depending on the circumstances, parents who fail to pay court-ordered child support can be charged with misdemeanor or felony offenses.
Misdemeanor charges carry fines up to $1,000 and a year in county jail. If you failed to pay support for six months in a 12-month period, or you owe more than $5,000 in back support, you can be charged with a felony. Felony nonsupport convictions carry fines up to $5,000 and up to four years in prison.
At Flesner Wentzel, we take our clients’ criminal charges seriously. Our lawyers provide strong, effective defense against criminal nonsupport charges. We work closely with our clients to develop defense strategies that show good cause — such as illness, incapacitation or incarceration — prevented our clients from paying child support.
In some cases, the amount of support owed may be too high, and it may not be feasible for you to make those payments while supporting yourself and any other children you have. In these circumstances, our attorneys help clients seek modifications to their child support orders, and reduce their monthly payments to a more reasonable and fair amount.
We also help clients develop payment plans to catch-up on their child support arrearages while avoiding jail time.
Protect Your Rights. Contact Flesner Wentzel.
If you have been charged with criminal nonsupport, you are facing serious criminal charges. In addition to large fines and jail time, a conviction will leave a permanent mark on your criminal record. If convicted of a felony-level offense, you will be stripped of your constitutional rights to vote and possess firearms.
Don’t leave your defense up to chance. Contact the St. Charles child support nonpayment defense attorneys of Flesner Wentzel at 636-442-4529. Consultations are free. Se habla Español.