Juvenile law exists because the courts and society believe that young people should be treated differently than adults under the law. The juvenile justice system focuses on rehabilitation for youthful offenders so that mistakes made early in life don’t penalize them for the rest of their lives. At The Law Office of Jason Coatney, LLC, I represent young people in the Springfield area and throughout Missouri who are charged with criminal offenses, pressing for a sentence that protects your child’s future. I also advocate for vulnerable minors in situations where they are at risk of harm from an adult guardian. When you seek my help, you can be confident that a knowledgeable and assertive juvenile law attorney — who understands the Missouri juvenile system and the state’s courts — is on your side.
The primary concern for most parents is the safety of their children. When those children face criminal charges, it’s important to seek skilled legal counsel experienced in juvenile law and the juvenile court system. I draw on my extensive background to provide a strong defense for juveniles in cases that may involve:
Juvenile court judges have a range of options when handling the cases that come before them. While they must balance the needs of the youthful offender with those of the public’s safety, they are more likely to recommend probation and treatment programs rather than confinement to a juvenile facility, but their rulings depend upon the severity of the charge. My experience enables me to anticipate how local judges and juvenile courts will approach your child’s case so I can be fully prepared to represent their rights and seek the most favorable outcome under the circumstances.
If your child is being accused of, charged with or investigated in connection with a criminal offense, time is of the essence. Delay can cause valuable legal advantages to be lost while you are waiting to secure legal representation. I understand the severity of the situation and work tirelessly to ensure that your child’s mistakes don’t follow him or her into adulthood. My breadth of juvenile law experience gives me a thorough understanding of the approaches that courts and judges respond most favorably to. I am committed to pursuing sentencing options that prevent your son or daughter from having a criminal record so that just one youthful mistake doesn’t affect their ability to attend college or pursue a meaningful career in the future.
In addition to representing juveniles accused of misconduct, I also represent youth in abuse and neglect proceedings where they have been harmed or are at risk of being harmed by a parent or guardian. The state government may intervene in such cases to protect vulnerable youth by appointing attorneys to act as guardians ad litem, advocating for their interests and welfare. If courts believe that a young person is at risk, they may offer programs for the family that offer rehabilitation and reunification, but in extreme cases, a parent’s rights may be terminated. I act on behalf of juveniles when their rights and safety are jeopardized, fighting for the protection they deserve.
The Law Office of Jason Coatney, LLC represents youth throughout Missouri in a full range of juvenile law matters. When your son or daughter needs help, I provide advice and advocacy to protect their rights and future. Call me at 417-831-4200 or contact me online to schedule a consultation at my Springfield office.