Juvenile Crime Lawyer
Experience and Success in the Field
One of the most difficult things to endure as a parent is when their child encounters the criminal justice system. Many young people in St. Louis and St. Charles County simply make mistakes which have very serious consequences. The St. Louis Juvenile lawyers at the Krupp Law Firm are one of the most experienced in handling juvenile criminal cases. We understand the ins and outs of the system and have proven to be successful in the field. In addition to establishing great rapport with young men and women and acting as a role model through the process, the St. Louis Juvenile Lawyers at the Krupp Law Firm work to achieve the best result to enable to help pave the way for a successful future for the child.
Juveniles who are charged with crimes are often at a particularly vulnerable time in their lives, where they may be subject to bad influence through peer pressure and other social factors. Defending your child’s rights at this time is key. If your child has been charged with a juvenile crime in St. Louis or St. Charles County do not hesitate to contact the Krupp Law Firm.
Juvenile Criminal Defense
In most circumstances’ juveniles are charged with a crime that mirrors the criminal laws in Missouri. Also, under many circumstances in St. Louis and St. Charles County there are serious consequences for a guilty plea or conviction to a juvenile offense which could include prison time and affect school and job opportunities even far into the future. It is important to have an attorney on your side who is not only highly skilled in criminal defense law, but also in understanding the complexity of juvenile laws and juvenile cases. Some of the most common juvenile crimes include:
- Drug crimes (see drug defense page)
- Stealing/theft crimes
- Vandalism/Property Crimes
- Sex Crimes
- Internet and phone related crimes
- Minor in Possession (MIP)
Still, there are a variety of crimes which juveniles could be charged with in Missouri. Not all juvenile convictions disappear from someone’s record automatically. Some can stay with them throughout their life. Each case is different, and it is important to have an attorney who is experienced in the field.
Can my Child be Charged as an Adult?
One of the most common questions in juvenile law is whether your son or daughter can be charges as an adult in Missouri. The answer is yes. If the crime is considered to be serious enough (a felony if committed by an adult), the state may request to charge the juvenile as an adult rather than a child, which create even more serious consequences. If the State, through the Juvenile Officer and Prosecuting Attorney wants to charge your child as an adult, they are required to have a hearing where a judge would decide whether or not it is appropriate that the juvenile be charged as an adult. In Missouri, the hearing is referred to as a “certification hearing” and applies to any child who is between the ages of 12-17 and is alleged to have committed a felony. The judge or the prosecutor may request the hearing under most circumstances. There are a handful of crimes, however which automatically create a certification hearing. Those juvenile crimes include:
- First degree murder
- Second degree murder
- First degree assault
- Forcible rape
- Rape in the first degree
- Forcible sodomy
- Sodomy in the first degree
- First degree robbery
- Distribution of drugs
- Has committed two or more prior unrelated offenses which would be felonies
At the certification hearing to determine whether your child can be tried as an adult, the state, through a Juvenile Officer will then present evidence and your child, through his or her attorney will challenge the evidence against him and even have the opportunity to put on evidence in his or her favor. The judge will look at a variety of factors which in Missouri are carved out by law and determine whether the state can proceed to try your child as an adult or whether they will remain in juvenile court. If your child is facing a felony charge in juvenile court, they may be subject to this certification and you should immediately contact a St. Louis juvenile lawyer at the Krupp Law Firm for advice.
Should my Child talk to the Police?
Another common question for juvenile crimes in St. Louis and St. Charles County is whether your son or daughter should talk to the police, especially if they are under investigation. Every interview with police should be treated as an interrogation with your child being considered the suspect. Police use special measures and interrogation techniques which often lead to false confessions, especially in juvenile cases. If your child is under investigation or is asked by police to give a statement, contact a St. Louis juvenile lawyer at the krupp law firm first. For a more extensive legal perspective on juvenile interrogation law read Ryan J. Krupp’s thesis on juvenile confessions based on Supreme Court cases.
A St. Louis Juvenile Attorney with More Experience
The St. Louis Juvenile Lawyers at Krupp Law Firm are some of the most experienced in the area. While acting as a prosecutor, Ryan J. Krupp was involved in at least hundreds of juvenile cases and has been involved in virtual every aspect of a juvenile case with success in trials, negotiations and hearings where it would be determined if a juvenile would be tried as an adult. No juvenile crime is too big for the Krupp Law Firm.
We understand the fear and frustration that goes along with a juvenile charge. We are experienced and successful but also patient, caring and understanding. If your son or daughter is charged with a juvenile crime in St. Louis or St. Charles County contact the juvenile lawyers at the krupp law firm to protect their rights.