Kansas City Juvenile Law Attorney
Children, under age 17, who have been accused of engaging in criminal conduct are prosecuted under a different system than adults. The court process is often much faster. The cases are tried in front of a judge, instead of a jury. And, the treatment and rehabilitation programs operate differently than what you might expect from the adult system. Your child needs an attorney who understands the Missouri juvenile system. Our experience prosecuting these cases might be his or her best defense.
Certification is the process in Missouri through which a court determines whether a child can be tried as an adult for allegedly committing certain crimes. If certified, your child will likely be prosecuted under the adult system and could lose out on some of the treatment options available through the juvenile system. If not certified, your child may still be prosecuted for the delinquency in juvenile court.
Don't let your child get an adult conviction before he or she becomes an adult. We offer legal representation during the certification hearing as well as through any juvenile or adult proceedings.
Child Abuse or Neglect
If your child has been removed from your home due to allegations of abuse or neglect, you need an attorney who is experienced with not only the court process, but also the social services system. These cases are lengthy, involve several different people making decisions for your family, and can lead to unwanted results if you are not adequately represented. Herrin Law Firm will work with you, your family, and the system to try to restore some sense of normalcy in your family life.
Termination of Parental Rights
A parent's right to raise his or her child is a fundamental liberty interest protected by the U.S. Constitution. Among other things, it includes the ability to maintain contact with your child and to make decisions regarding your child's upbringing and medical treatment. Nevertheless, there are certain circumstances where the government can step in and take it all away. The result for you is a permanent end to your legal parent-child relationship. The ultimate result for your child, however, could be adoption by some other family or spending the rest of his or her childhood in the foster care system. These matters are too serious to be left up to chance, so hire an attorney experienced in handling termination of parental rights cases.
Juvenile Court Appeals
The right to appeal a trial court's judgment is an important part of the American legal system. If you are considering an appeal from a delinquency, child abuse/neglect, or termination of parental rights case, you will need to act fast. And, hiring an attorney who understands not only the substantive law, but also appellate procedure, will be crucial to your outcome.
Jackson County Attorneys
Many Kansas City attorneys are appointed to handle Jackson County Family Court cases, which include each of the above types of matters. The Herrin Law Firm welcomes inquiries to contract out these appointments, which is permissible under 16th Circuit Court Local Rule 21.6.1(7).
Section 210, Revised Statutes of Missouri (Child Protection and Reformation)
Section 211, Revised Statutes of Missouri (Juvenile Courts)
Jackson County, MO Resources
"Nuts and Bolts of Jackson County Family Court" (video, hosted by UMKC)
"Juvenile Delinquency Cases" (video, hosted by UMKC)
"Child Abuse and Neglect (CA/N) Cases" (video, hosted by UMKC)