Located in St. Charles, Flesner Wentzel provides strong, effective criminal defense representation to juveniles throughout the state. Our St. Charles Juvenile Law Attorneys understand the special considerations involved when children’s futures are at stake and work hard to help our young clients overcome their criminal charges and move forward with brighter futures.
Making Sure Children Are Treated As Children
Under Missouri law, a 17-year-old will be tried as an adult. Even kids who are 16 years old and under can be tried as adults for certain crimes.
Juvenile court and the adult criminal justice system are very different. The adult criminal justice system is focused on punishing individuals for the crimes they commit. Juvenile courts focus on rehabilitation and helping troubled youths find a better path in life.
Another benefit of the juvenile justice system is the privacy the system affords. Even if found guilty of a crime, a juvenile’s records are permanently sealed. Because child offenders will never have to report their convictions as adults, their future opportunities are not limited by a public criminal record.
If your 17-year-old is tried and convicted as an adult, he or she will be sent to prison with other adults. The physical, mental and emotional risks presented in the adult prison system are too much for a child to handle.
At Flesner Wentzel, we fight to keep our clients in juvenile court and ensure they are tried as children. Together, we will protect your child’s rights, freedom and future. Trust Flesner Wentzel to do right by you and your child.
St. Louis Family Juvenile Court Lawyers
At Flesner Wentzel, we understand the fear felt by parents when their children are charged with crimes.
Our attorneys are always available to answer any questions you may have. We take the time to get to know your child, the struggles he or she is facing and the circumstances surrounding the alleged crime. Together, we will develop a defense strategy that protects your child’s rights and protects his or her future.
Our lawyers defend juveniles against a wide range of criminal offenses, including:
Violating truancy laws
Theft crimes such as shoplifting, burglary and robbery
Drug crimes such as marijuana possession, drug distribution and drug sales
Violent crimes such as battery and assault
Sex crimes such as statutory rape, child molestation and sexual assault