Victories in Sex Crime Cases

  • A South County man was facing up to 30 years in prison and sex offender registration for allegedly kidnapping and raping a prostitute while impersonating a police officer. The firm immediately secured his release while they prepared the case for trial. After diligent investigation and aggressive cross-examination of the State's witnesses, the State dismissed all of the charges on the eve of trial. Dan Juengel handled the case for the defense.

  • A St. Louis City man was facing charges of child molestation and lifetime sex offender registration for allegedly having sexual contact with his neighbor's daughter. In after about forty-five minutes of deliberations, the jury returned a not guilty verdict. The logistics and details of the allegation simply made no sense. All of these facts were brought to light by a thorough cross-examination of the alleged victim. Matthew Radefeld and Mike Murphy were the successful attorneys for the defense.

  • Matthew Radefeld was successful in getting Forcible Sodomy charges dismissed against a St. Francois County Man. After a thorough investigation of the case by Defense Counsel, they were able to convince the Special Prosecutor assigned to the case that the alleged victim's statements were not credible. The defendant avoided a significant prison sentence and lifetime sex offender registration.

  • Over a 6 month period, Matthew Radefeld was able to get charges of Sexual Misconduct refused against three separate male therapists who worked for different massage salons in the St. Louis area. Mr. Radefeld was able to convince the prosecuting attorney's office that the allegations were false and just an apparent scheme to attempt to get money from the salons.

  • A Washington University student was accused of Forcibly Raping a fellow student at a party. After conducting a thorough investigation and interviewing numerous witnesses who were there at the party - Matthew Radefeld was able to convince not only law enforcement officials to refuse the charges, but was also able to successfully present to the Washington University Judicial Panel that these allegations were false and no administrative penalties should be given to the student.

  • A St. Louis City Firefighter was charged, with various sexual assaults on a patient. The prosecuting attorney's office was asking for 12 years in prison. On the eve of trial, the defendant decided to do an Alford plea and reject the prosecutor's offer. After a very lengthy sentencing hearing, the Court sentenced Defendant to 3 years in the Department of Corrections. Matthew Radefeld handled the defense to wit the defendant was satisfied with the outcome.

  • A government employee was charged with two counts of Statutory Rape and two counts of Incest. The prosecutors wanted to send the defendant to prison for 15 years, but through arguments presented at sentencing the Court sentenced him to 5 years probation. Matthew Radefeld handled the defense.

  • A Clayton man was accused of Statutory Sodomy in the 2nd Degree and production of Child Pornography in relation to an internet website. After discussions with the prosecuting attorney's office and a thorough investigation conducted by Matthew Radefeld - all charges were refused. This prevented defendant from going to prison and ever having to register as a sex offender.

  • An Army Intelligence Officer was being investigated by Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Agents regarding allegations of sexual assault of a subordinate officer while in Iraq. Matthew Radefeld, as civilian defense counsel, was able to conduct a thorough investigation despite all of the military bureaucracy and show that the accuser was not credible and had actually made false accusations in the past. The CID dropped all charges and nothing was put on the officer's service record.

  • A Ferguson man was charged with 2 counts of Sexual Misconduct and 2 counts of Child Molestation. After depositions and a year of investigation, Matthew Radefeld was able to convince the prosecutor to amend the charges to non-sex offender registerable offenses with 2 years probation.

  • As civilian defense counsel, Matthew Radefeld was able to get charges dismissed against an Air Force Senior Airman for various charges surrounding the alleged molestation of her daughter. After a 4-day court martial, the commanding officer of the service member stepped in and resolved the matter as it was clear that she had no idea her daughter was being molested by her husband.

  • A Department of Defense civilian contractor had just returned from Iraq when he was accused of forcible rape and sodomy against his girlfriend. After discussions with the prosecuting attorney's office and investigating officers, Matthew Radefeld was able to show them why the girlfriend's accusations were not credible. The charges were refused and the contractor was able to go back to Iraq for another tour.

  • A Lincoln County man was charged with Child Molestation in the First Degree and was facing up to 15 years in prison. Attorneys conducted a thorough preliminary hearing, investigation of witnesses, and finally a decisive deposition of the alleged victim. The day after the alleged victim was deposed, the State dismissed the charges completely.

  • Cape Girardeau County jury returned a not-guilty verdict on a Statutory Rape in the First Degree case filed against a Perryville man. The allegations were that the he had sex with a 12-year-old girl. The charges were finally brought almost two years later. The defense presented evidence that the two girls testifying for the State were lying about the allegations and falsely accusing the defendant. The jury was out for less than 45 minutes before returning the acquittal. Matthew Radefeld tried the case for the defense.

  • A Lincoln County man was arrested and questioned about sexually abusing his 25 year old daughter when she was a child. Since this was still within the Statute of Limitations, there was serious concern that the man could be charged. Matthew Radefeld investigated the matter and was able to show evidence and documentation to the police and prosecutors that these claims were not credible, but rather the product of counseling that brought forth false memories.

  • A 34 year old St. Louis City man was found not guilty by a jury of three counts of Statutory Sodomy 1st Degree and two counts of Child Molestation. Evidence and testimony was presented that the complaining witness who was 14 at the time of trial was angry with the Defendant for spanking her and made up the allegations. Dan Juengel tried the case for the defense.

  • A Desoto man charged with Statutory Sodomy 1st Degree and Child Molestation against his stepson had both charges dropped after testimony from the 11-year-old child that the alleged abuse may have been a dream and not real. The biological father owed the child's mother thousands of dollars in back child support and the Defense contended she was brainwashing the child and the boy was confused. The Defense showed that no one could tell if there really was abuse, if it was just a dream, or if it was a product of repeated questioning by his mother. The Defendant was facing ten years to life in prison. Dan Juengel handled the case and preliminary hearing where the key testimony was elicited.

  • A St. Louis City man was arrested and held for being a registered sex offender living within 1000 feet of a school. The man's family contacted FJ&R, who immediately began investigation into the allegations. After careful investigation by the Defense, the charges were immediately dropped and he was released before his first court date.

  • After having just returned from a tour in Iraq, a U.S. service member was accused of raping a woman he had met online while overseas. The woman filed an Order of Protection against him. At the O. P. hearing, Matthew Radefeld cross-examined the alleged victim and was able to show the court that she was lying. The Court denied her request for a restraining order. Also at the hearing was the Prosecuting Attorney who listened to the alleged victim's cross-examination and quickly realized that they did not have a case and subsequently refused all charges against the service member. Since this time, the Rape arrest has been expunged from his permanent arrest record.

  • A civilian contractor for the U.S. Army was accused by the Criminal Investigation Division of raping and sodomizing an employee while on a military installation. After Matthew Radefeld conducted his own investigation of potential witnesses and presented his findings to CID Agents, the installation's JAG Prosecutors refused to file charges against the contractor in Federal Court.

  • A Pike County jury returned not guilty verdicts on three felony counts of Child Molestation filed against a Hannibal woman, who was a former director of an area college. The case arose out of a custody battle where the defendant's ex-husband was a Probation and Parole Officer and former Division of Family Services worker. The defense presented evidence that the child was repeatedly questioned and brainwashed by the ex-husband and his new wife. The jury was out for less than thirty minutes before returning the acquittals. Dan Juengel and Matthew Radefeld tried the case for the defense.

  • Child molestation charges filed against a High Ridge man accused of abusing his niece were reduced. The defendant was facing two counts and five to thirty years in prison. After jury selection, the St. Louis County prosecutor dismissed one count and agreed to amend the other to a lesser offense of child endangerment with probation. Dan Juengel and Matthew Radefeld handled the case for the defense.

  • Statutory Sodomy, Child Molestation, and Sexual Misconduct charges filed against a University City man were dropped by the St. Louis County Prosecutor's office. The defendant was accused of abusing two underage girls. After investigating the case, Dan Juengel was able to prove the girls lied about the abuse. The charges were dropped the morning of trial.

  • A Franklin County man was charged with Child Molestation in the Second Degree, an offense that would require him to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. After conducting depositions and intense cross-examination of the alleged victim and the witnesses just weeks before trial, the prosecuting attorney amended the charge to Assault Third Degree-Improper Touching (a Class C Misdemeanor). The man received an SIS (no conviction) and was not required to register a sex offender. Dan Juengel handled the case for the defense.

  • Statutory Sodomy charges filed against a 17-year old accused of abusing his 3-year old cousin were dropped by the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office after almost two years of legal wrangling. Daniel Juengel handled the case and was instrumental in securing the dismissal.

  • A St. Louis city man was acquitted of charges that he sodomized an 11-year-old deaf boy. The man had been facing a potential life sentence. Dan Juengel prepared and tried the case in front of a St. Louis City jury. After a four day jury trial, the jury deliberated only 30 minutes before finding the defendant not guilty.

  • Statutory Sodomy charges were thrown out against a Pevely man accused of molesting his 6-year-old daughter. Dan Juengel tried the preliminary hearing in Jefferson County and after cross examining the witnesses, it was obvious the charges were false and a product of the custody battle between the mother and father.

  • A St. Louis City father charged with Statutory Rape in the First Degree against his 14-year-old daughter was acquitted after a weeklong trial. Dan Juengel tried the case. The complaining witness was in her twenties when she reported the allegations. Her estranged father was an employee of the Division of Family Services and the defense presented evidence she made up the allegations to get back at her father.

  • A 27-year-old man in St. Louis County was charged with attempting to entice a 14-year-old girl over the internet to engage in sexual activity. The Court reviewed a Motion to Dismiss filed by the defense and argued by Matthew Radefeld. The Court ruled that the charges violated the Ex-Post Facto Provisions of the United States Constitution and dismissed the case. The 27-year-old defendant was relieved that he would not have to face trial or register as a sex offender.

  • Charges of Statutory Rape filed in St. Louis County were dismissed against a 33-year-old man who was accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl in a St. Louis County Park. Dan Juengel handled the case and was instrumental in procuring the dismissal.