Juvenile Law

Juvenile law involves three categories: delinquency (when a child commits an offense that would be a crime if committed by an adult), status offense (when a child commits an offense that is only an offense because it is committed by a minor), and abuse and neglect (when a child is the victim of abuse and/or neglect at the hand of an adult).

If your minor son or daughter has been charged with a crime, contact Bezler Law Firm immediately. Expert legal service is critical and should be enlisted as soon as possible because being charged with a juvenile crime is something that can potentially affect your minor child for the rest of his or her life. Enlisting the help of Bezler Law Firm will give you the support you and your child need. At Bezler Law Firm, we are well versed on the often confusing Missouri laws that include issues such as determining when a juvenile can be tried and sentenced as an adult.

Common criminal charges against juveniles:

  • Assault
  • Minor in Possession and/or intent to sell
  • Stealing
  • Breaking and entering
  • Other drug related charges

If your child has been accused of committing an offense that would not be an offense if committed by an adult, you may find your family involved with the Juvenile Office, Juvenile Court, or possibly a juvenile detention center. The Bezler Law Firm has many years of experience with the Juvenile Court system.

Common status offenses include:

  • Truancy (not attending school as required by law)
  • The child is beyond the reasonable control of their parent or guardian
  • Curfew violation

A juvenile “arrest” or detention can have lifelong consequences and we want to help your child avoid losing a job or academic funding, having a criminal record, being denied access to the military, or even serving jail time. Our emergency telephone number is available to you 24 hours a day as children don’t require assistance only between 8 and 5.

Abuse and Neglect:

Children that are the victims of abuse and/or neglect are often in need of the protection of the Juvenile Court. These cases can involve the entire family, extended family, months of treatment, years of court appearances, and often the termination of a parent’s legal rights to their child. Conversely, many parents are falsely accused of child abuse or neglect, by a child, an angry former spouse, or simply a nosey neighbor. This can be a devastating occurrence for your entire family and can result in removal of a child from your home, criminal charges, or loss of employment. The Bezler Law Firm has worked extensively with the Juvenile Courts in Columbia and central Missouri and is familiar with the statutory requirements, policies and practices, and heartache that you, your child, and your family could face if you should find yourselves involved in this type of situation.

Maneuvering the Juvenile Court system is complicated and can involve the Juvenile Office, Children’s Division (formerly DFS), many therapists, medical providers, foster care, and potential criminal consequences for you, your family, and your child. When you need a lawyer who will fight for your child’s rights, assist you in placing a Hotline call, or help you through the juvenile process, call Bezler Law Firm.