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I am deeply grateful for the outstanding legal representation provided by Scott Rosenblum and TJ (Timothy) Hunsaker... My son was facing serious charges, and the situation was incredibly stressful for all of us. From my phone call with Scott, and then working with TJ, I was immediately instilled with confidence and Hope..... - November, 2023

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Aggressive Juvenile Crime Defense Attorneys

We Fight for our Missouri  and Illinois Clients


A big part of growing up is about trial and error and learning from those experiences. Unfortunately, some mistakes carry more serious consequences than others and may lead to intervention by law enforcement officials and criminal charges.

In St. Louis, drug crimes are one of the most commonly charged legal offenses. In recent years, there have been calls and some steps taken to reform harsh drug sentencing guidelines throughout the country and in states like Missouri. Despite some progress, individuals in Missouri who face charges related to the possession and trafficking of illegal and prescription drugs still face harsh penalties.

Aggressive Drug Crime Defense Attorneys

Types of Juvenile Crime Cases we Handle

  • DUI / DWI (including Underage DWI)
  • Drug-Related Offenses (including possession and charges against minors)
  • Theft (including shoplifting and burglary)
  • Property Crimes (including vandalism and graffiti)
  • Violent Crimes (including assault)
  • Sex-Related Offenses (including sex crimes, sexting charges, and sexual misconduct involving electronically transmitted images)
  • Child-Related Offenses (including child abuse or neglect and state protective custody proceedings)
  • Status Offenses (such as underage drinking, truancy, or running away)
  • Delinquency (including gang-related crimes and property offenses)

If you are the parent of a teenager who is accused of committing a crime or delinquent act such as assault and battery, robbery, drug possession or sexual assault, it's wise to contact Rosenblum Schwartz Fry & Johnson, and to meet with an attorney who will answer your questions, walk you through your options and protect your child's rights.

The attorneys at Rosenblum Schwartz Fry & Johnson, have extensive experience defending juveniles that have been charged with a crime. That is what sets us apart from other firms in St. Louis and throughout Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas. Contact our law firm by filling out this online form, or by calling (314) 862 - 4332.

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Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys

The lawyers at Rosenblum Schwartz Fry & Johnson have the experience needed to successfully navigate the juvenile court system.

Personal Attention To Your Child's Case

We carefully look at all of the evidence related to the case and remain in constant communication with you about your son or daughter's case.

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Year after year, our top rated juvenile crime defense lawyers get the best outcomes for your son or daughter.
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If Your Child Is Accused Of Committing A Crime

We Fight to Protect your Child


In Missouri, criminal cases involving the alleged offenses of teens who are under the age of 17 are typically under the jurisdiction of the juvenile courts. While adults who face criminal charges are processed in the criminal court system, juvenile cases are considered to be civil matters. Despite this distinction, a juvenile who is found to be delinquent still faces harsh penalties including hefty fines and restitution, placement in a juvenile detention facility and registration as a sex offender. Additionally, if your child is accused of committing a felony offense, he or she may be tried as an adult and subject to much harsher penalties.

In Missouri, criminal cases involving the alleged offenses of teens who are under the age of 17 are typically under the jurisdiction of the juvenile courts. While adults who face criminal charges are processed in the criminal court system, juvenile cases are considered to be civil matters. Despite this distinction, a juvenile who is found to be delinquent still faces harsh penalties including hefty fines and restitution, placement in a juvenile detention facility and registration as a sex offender. Additionally, if your child is accused of committing a felony offense, he or she may be tried as an adult and subject to much harsher penalties.

When defending against juvenile crimes, we believe that the focus must be on rehabilitation and providing a child the support and tools that he or she needs to move forward and make good decisions. We know that teens who are subjected to harsh punishments run the risk of becoming lost in the juvenile, and eventually the adult, criminal court system and therefore advocate strongly for your child to ensure that this doesn't happen.

Our firm offers free initial consultations. Call a lawyer at our St. Louis office today at 314-862-4332 to discuss your child's case and to learn how we can help. You can also get in touch with us through our online form. We accept credit cards and can meet with you and your child during evening and weekend appointments.


25 Years Handling Juvenile Crime Cases


Your Child Will Be Represented By The Best Juvenile Crime Attorneys In Missouri

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Scott Rosenblum

Juvenile Crime Attorney Scott Rosenblum

Scott Rosenblum is the President and principal founding member of the firm. Scott received a B.S from University of Missouri in 1979 and his J.D. from California Western University 1983. Scott was admitted to the Missouri Bar, the Illinois Bar and the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, as well as Districts throughout the United States; United States Court of Appeals, 5th, 7th, and 8th Circuits and United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Rosenblum has represented individuals in Federal cases in Missouri, Illinois, South Dakota, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Georgia, New Jersey, Washington State, Washington D.C., Utah, Kansas, Maryland, California, and North Carolina.

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Joel J Schwartz

Juvenile Crime Attorney Joel J Schwartz

Mr. Schwartz is AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell. He is a life member of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a member of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice. Joel has been a lecturer for several legal educational institutions and has appeared as a legal commentator for several news outlets.

Mr. Schwartz's practice concentrates exclusively in the area of Federal and State criminal defense.

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Matt Fry

Juvenile Crime Attorney Matt Fry

Matt Fry is one of Missouri’s premiere attorneys. He has successfully defended numerous clients on charges ranging from murder to assault, robbery, and fraud. Matt’s main focus is in the area of DWI, Drug, and Sex offenses. He also handles select civil cases and appeals.

Two of Matt's passions are teaching Trial Advocacy II at Saint Louis University School of Law and serving on the board of his non-profit, St. Louis Impact.

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Client Reviews

Client Reviews

See what clients in Missouri are saying about Rosenblum Schwartz Fry & Johnson

Amanda Hendrickson

★★★★★
(April 26, 2024)

We are immensely grateful for the exceptional representation provided by Scott Rosenblum and TJ (Timothy) Hunsaker (Rosenblum Schwartz Fry & Johnson). My godson was facing serious (though erroneous) allegations, and their profound knowledge and strategic thinking were evident from the start. With professionalism and unwavering dedication, they navigated through the complexities of the case, leading to its rightful dismissal. Their ability to communicate clearly and provide reassurance during such a stressful time was truly commendable. I highly recommend them to anyone facing legal challenges and need a trustworthy and skilled defense team.

Debbie Rowland

★★★★★
(October 26, 2023)

We heard Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry were the best of the best and it’s so true! Greg Wittner represented our son and we are eternally grateful for his help. He was able to keep our son out of jail and get him the treatment he desperately needed. Greg was always available and communicated with us every step of the way. We would highly recommend him and this law firm.

By Zachary | Hired Attorney

★★★★★
(August 28, 2023)

I am extremely pleased and over satisfied with Scott Rosenbaum attorney office. Brianne Besheer is by far the best lawyer anyone could ask for.. she is persistent, accountable and by all means she gets the job done. I couldn’t have chosen anyone better than her I highly recommend Brianne Besheer for your case

Penalties for Juvenile Crimes in Missouri

Cases that our Missouri Federal Defense Attorneys Handle


In Missouri, the juvenile justice system emphasizes rehabilitation over punishment, with penalties varying based on the offense’s severity, the juvenile’s age, prior history, parental involvement, and other factors. Here are the common penalties and rehabilitation measures for juvenile offenders:

Community Service

Encourages responsibility and positive community contribution.

Counseling or Therapy

Aimed at addressing underlying issues like mental health or substance abuse.

Detention

Placement in juvenile detention facilities for serious offenses, possibly including county jail or home confinement. Detention centers often provide educational and vocational programs.

Diversion Programs

Offered to avoid formal charges, requiring completion of specific conditions like community service, counseling, or drug treatment.

Fines and Restitution

Financial penalties can range, including daily charges for specific offenses like truancy.

License Penalties

Suspension or revocation of the juvenile’s driver’s license for certain offenses.

Mandatory Program Attendance

Requires participation in programs designed to prevent future offenses.

Prison Term

For the most severe offenses, ranging from 6 months to a year.

Probation

Supervision by a probation officer, with conditions such as attending school, maintaining a curfew, and avoiding further legal trouble.

Strong Warnings by the Court

Particularly for first offenders committing mild offenses, emphasizing the importance of better choices.