Experienced Representation on Criminal and Juvenile Matters in Missouri
Skilled Jefferson City attorney protects your rights when you are charged with a crime
When you face criminal charges, your liberty, reputation, and future are at risk. With more than a decade of successful legal experience, Hernandez Law Firm, LLC aggressively protects your rights if you are arrested on federal or municipal charges, or if your child has been charged with a juvenile crime.
When dealing with law enforcement, it is essential to speak as quickly as possible to an attorney experienced with criminal law in Missouri. While it may seem that pleading guilty to a citation for driving under the influence (DUI) is a fast way to put the matter behind you, it can lead to a lifetime of consequences. For juvenile offenders, the collateral damage of crimes committed during youth can stretch long into the future.
On either adult or juvenile criminal charges, our law firm has the successful experience and skill to fight to achieve the best outcome for the circumstances of your case.
Four important things to know about juvenile crime in Missouri
Being charged with a juvenile crime may have a life-altering impact on a teenager and their family. Knowing how to help your teen with their behavior, and the arrest, is essential to keeping their life on track. Our firm is knowledgeable and experienced with the Missouri juvenile justice system. Here are some important points to understand if your child is arrested:
The Juvenile Division of the Circuit Court handles matters involving the neglect and abuse of minors, as well as adoptions.The Division also has authority for managing crimes allegedly committed by children ages 17 and younger. In many cases, Juvenile Court Diversion is available to minimize the long-term damage of arrest to a child. Diversion programs may involve detention, probation, counseling, and therapy to help divert children from a future criminal path.This also helps keep juvenile offenders in their local communities and avoid commitment to the Division of Youth Services. Located throughout the State of Missouri, the Division of Youth Services runs 31 residential program centers.
Some of the most common offenses for which juveniles are arrested include drug crimes, stealing, truancy, underage drinking, theft or robbery, vandalism, assault, sexual assault and sexting.
If your child is arrested, they will generally be released to your custody unless they are alleged to have committed a serious offense, such as assault or sexual assault, crime involving a weapon, or other crimes that could place others at risk if they are released. Juvenile suspects are held in a juvenile detention facility rather than in a jail lockup with adults.
Upon arrest, your child has rights similar to those of an adult, including the right to remain silent and to have an attorney present. Just as with an adult facing criminal charges, it is critical that your child have experienced legal representation before agreeing to answer questions when placed under arrest.
You may not have known that your child was mixed up in criminal activity, or you may have been struggling with their behavior for a long time. In either case it is important to retain a skilled juvenile defense attorney when your child is charged in Jefferson City, or anywhere in Missouri.
With five years of experience as a Public Defender and over ten years of criminal law experience in both state and federal courts, Art Hernandez is an aggressive, knowledgeable criminal law attorney who protects the rights of adults and juveniles facing criminal charges. When you are arrested—protect your future by contacting a lawyer as soon as possible.
Highly qualified criminal and juvenile defense attorney serving Cole County and surrounding areas
When arrested on DUI or a federal criminal charge, getting experienced legal guidance is important. The Hernandez Law Firm, LLC delivers aggressive, informed legal representation to adults and juveniles dealing with the criminal justice system. If you, or your child, have been charged with an offense, contact us today or call (573) 349-8200 to set up a free consultation to discuss your case. Se habla Español.