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Defense structure, 2017

  • Organization

    Statewide

  • Oversight

    Full oversight

Missouri provides counsel to indigent youth through the statewide Missouri State Public Defender System. Visit the National Juvenile Defender Center's Missouri state profile for more details.

Waiver of counsel, 2014

A juvenile may waive his or her right to counsel only with the approval of the court. This waiver can be withdrawn at any stage of the proceeding.

  • Restrictions on waivers
  • No restrictions
  • Reflects laws as of the end of 2013 legislative sessions.
  • Age

    No restrictions

  • Crime

    No restrictions

  • Hearing

    No restrictions

  • Placement

    No restrictions

Timing of counsel, 2013

In Missouri, an attorney for a juvenile can be appointed at the following points in the process: Custodial Questioning / Talk with Intake Officer; Detention Hearing / First Court Appearance / Arraignment; Once a Petition is Filed / Hearing on the Petition; Loss of Freedom / Institutionalization / Commitment / Imprisonment; All Stages of Proceedings / All Critical States of Proceedings.

  • Reflects laws as of the end of 2013 legislative sessions.

Indigency requirements, 2013

Indigency determination: Judicially

In Missouri, indigency law is found in juvenile statutes, juvenile case law, and adult statutes. This law provides a standard for determining indigency. Indigent defense training available for appointed counsel. Indigency is judicially determined. Court can / must appoint attorney for juvenile if there is a conflict of interest between the juvenile and the parent.

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Juvenile Justice GPS (Geography, Policy, Practice, Statistics) is a project to develop a repository providing state policy makers and system stakeholders with a clear understanding of the juvenile justice landscape in the states.

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