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Frank, Juengel & Radefeld, Attorneys at Law

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Matthew Radefeld & Dan Juengel
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Our Successes Defending Against Pornography Charges

A U.S. Naval Intelligence Officer was charged with ten counts of Possession of Child Pornography in St. Clair County, Illinois.  After obtaining experts to analyze the State’s evidence and conducting numerous evidentiary hearings, Matthew Radefeld and Joe Flees took the matter to jury trial as the defendant persisted in his claim of innocence.  At trial, the prosecutors attempted to show that defendant knew the material was on his computer and he purposely keep these illegal images on his computer.  With every witness, FJR came back at them with a vigorous cross-examination. After one- and one-half days of trial, the prosecution rested.  Joe Flees argued a motion for a judgment of acquittal showing that the prosecution had not only failed to prove each and every element of the charges but hadn’t even proved the most essential element of knowledge.  The Court agreed with Joe and found the defendant ‘not guilty’ on all counts- without even letting the jury deliberate.  Our client was able to get his security clearance reinstated and all records of this matter expunged.

A St. Louis County man pled guilty to possession of Child Pornography in Federal Court.  At sentencing the government asked the Court to sentence our Client to 60 months in prison.  Dan Juengel filed a sentencing memorandum on our Client’s behalf and argued for one day in jail with credit for time served followed by supervised release.  The District Court followed Mr. Juengel’s request and our Client avoided prison.

A St. Louis County former heart surgeon pled guilty to possession of Child Pornography in Federal Court.  At sentencing the government asked the Court to sentence our Client to 72 months in prison.  Dan Juengel vigorously fought against the federal prosecutors to get the best disposition possible for the Client, but they would not agree to any sort of non-incarcerative sentence.  Dan drafted a lengthy sentencing memorandum on our Client’s behalf and argued for one day in jail with credit for time served followed by supervised release.  The District Court followed Dan’s request and the former heart surgeon was able to avoid going to a federal prison.

Southern District of Illinois federal prosecutors charged a Senior Airman from Scott Air Force Base with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography.  Matthew Radefeld handled the case for the Senior Airman and was able to convince the prosecutors to dismiss the distribution count and amend the possession count to a lesser offense of Transportation of Obscene Material.  With this amendment, the Senior Airman was able to avoid sex offender registration and a lengthy prison sentence.

A Jefferson County man pled guilty to possession of Child Pornography in Federal Court.  At sentencing the government asked the Court to sentence our Client to 60 months in prison.  Dan Juengel filed a sentencing memorandum on our Client’s behalf and argued for probation.  The District Court Judge followed Mr. Juengel’s request and sentenced our Client to five years of probation.

An 18-year old from Madison County, Illinois was charged in the City of St. Louis with one count of Possession of Child Pornography.  The charges stemmed from our client’s involvement in a bit torrent download.  Matt Radefeld represented the client and was able to convince the Circuit Attorney’s Office that there was no way that they would be able to prove that he knowingly possessed this illegal material.  In lieu of having to litigate the issues at trial, the prosecutor was willing to amend the original charge of Possession of Child Pornography to Tampering with Computer Data.  The client was given a suspended imposition of sentence.  Not only was he saved from having a felony conviction on his record, he was able to avoid prison and mandatory sex offender registration.

A St. Louis County man was charged in Federal Court with one count of production of child pornography and two counts of attempted production of child pornography.  A charge for which the Client was facing a minimum of 15 years in prison.  After Dan Juengel vigorously pursued a Motion to Suppress the evidence, the federal government accepted the defense’s offer of one year in jail with credit for time served followed by ten years supervised release on a lesser charge of Possession of Child Pornography.  The Court ultimately agreed to follow the negotiated disposition.

An information technology (IT) specialist for Washington University was charged with one count of Possession of Child Pornography.  After reviewing the evidence and thoroughly discussing the matter with the U.S. Attorney’s Office- Matthew Radefeld was able to convince the prosecutors that the defendant should not go to prison for these particular offenses and how they were conducted by defendant.  It took almost a year of pressing the matter, but eventually the prosecutors agreed to a joint recommendation to the U.S. District Court Judge that the defendant should be granted probation in lieu of a prison sentence.

A St. Louis County man was arrested and charged for Possession of Child Pornography.  The prosecutor offered five years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea.  After aggressive pre-trial motions hearings and negotiations, Dan Juengel and Joe Flees were able to get the prosecutor to offer 30 months of probation with no conviction on the client’s record.

A St. Louis County man was charged with Possession of Child Pornography.  The prosecutor sought prison time.  Through preparation of an extensive mitigation packet, Joe Flees was able to negotiate 60 months’ probation with prosecutors as well as maintained visitation with his child.

A St. Francois County man was arrested and charged with 48 counts of Possession of Child Pornography. He faced up to 728 years in prison.  Dan Juengel and Joe Flees were able to get 47 counts dismissed, and the man was placed on probation for 5 years, avoiding any jail time.

A California man was charged in St. Louis County with Possession of Child Pornography. The State sought a five-year prison sentence.  Dan Juengel argued for five-years of probation, which the Court agreed with. Mr. Juengel was also able to successfully transfer our client’s probation to California.

An Arkansas man was charged with two counts of Promoting Child Pornography.  Each count carried mandatory prison time. Through extensive negotiation proceedings with the Prosecuting Attorney, Joe Flees was able to get both counts amended to lesser charges, and the man was placed on probation and able to return home.

A St. Charles County man was charged with 14 counts of Possession of Child Pornography. The State argued for five years in prison.  Joe Flees was able to successfully argue for 120-days house arrest and five-years’ probation.

A St. Charles County man was arrested for five counts of Possession of Child Pornography and 1 count of Promoting Child Pornography, a mandatory prison offense. Dan Juengel was able to successfully argue for the dismissal of the promoting charge and five-years’ probation (following 120 days in Department of Corrections). 

An Oregon man was charged with four counts of Possession of Child Pornography in St. Louis City. Our client was facing a minimum 20-year prison sentence, but Mr. Juengel was able to get him probation through aggressive pretrial motions practice.

A St. Louis County man was accused of accessing and possessing less than five images of underage individuals and was federally indicted on one count of Possession of Child Pornography. The Government sought to send our client to federal prison for years.  Dan Juengel was able to successfully argue to the court 1-day time served and 10 years of supervised release (similar to probation).

A St. Louis County man was federally indicted on one count of Possession of Child Pornography, as he was accused of possessing several images and videos of minors and was facing up to twenty years in prison. Due to successful negotiations with federal prosecutors and the mitigating factors surrounding the case, Mr. Juengel was able to finalize a disposition of 1-day time served and federal supervised release.

A U.S. Air Force sergeant was charged with one count of possession of prepubescent child pornography in the Southern District of Illinois. After pushing the case to the day before trial, the defendant decided that he wanted to plead guilty to the court without a plea bargain. The U.S. attorney’s office was asking for a sentence in excess of 10 years in federal prison; however, Frank, Juengel & Radefeld, Attorneys at Law, was able to get probation for the service member who was then allowed to complete his probation in Oklahoma. Matthew Radefeld handled the case.

A California man was arrested while staying in St. Louis city with nine counts of possession of child pornography. The Circuit Attorney’s Office was asking the court to sentence this defendant to 10 years in prison; however, Frank, Juengel & Radefeld, Attorneys at Law, was able to get probation for the young man who was then allowed to complete his probation in California. Matthew Radefeld handled the case.

A Chicago, Illinois, man was in St. Louis for business when his laptop was confiscated by federal agents for possession of child pornography. Matthew Radefeld was able to discuss the matter with the U.S. attorney’s office and argued to them that they would never be able to prove that the defendant knowingly had the incriminating videos on his work laptop, as there had been dozens of people who had access to that computer over the last couple of months. The federal prosecutors offered a six-month pretrial diversion program in lieu of charges being filed.

A St. Louis County college student was charged with possession of child pornography — Class B felony. After a very lengthy sentencing hearing, Matthew Radefeld was able to convince the court, over the objections of the state prosecutor’s, to grant this young man probation wherein he would not have a conviction on his record upon successful completion of his probation. Mr. Radefeld was also able to convince the federal prosecutors not to pursue charges, as well.

A St. Ann man was charged with two counts of possession of child pornography in St. Louis County courts. The prosecutors asked the court to sentence defendant to eight years in the Missouri Department of Corrections; however, after arguing significant sentencing mitigating information to the judge, defendant was granted probation and house arrest. Matthew Radefeld handled the defense and was also able to convince federal prosecutors not to pursue the matter in federal court.

A St. Charles County man was charged in St. Louis County with possession of child pornography. The prosecutors were asking for four years in prison; however, Matthew Radefeld was able to convince the court that this man was not a predator or a danger to the community. He was sentenced to probation over the prosecutor’s objections.

A St. Louis city man plead guilty to possession of child pornography. Matthew Radefeld handled the case and was able to get two years’ probation for the man where there would be no conviction upon successful completion of his probation. Mr. Radefeld was also able to convince federal prosecutors not to pursue the matter.

A Lincoln County man was charged with eight counts of possession of child pornography, and facing up to 32 years in prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender. Attorneys filed numerous pretrial motions in the case and challenged the state at every stage of the proceedings. After deposing the state’s forensic expert and highlighting several significant weaknesses in the state’s case, the defense retained its own expert to review all of the evidence and provide a convincing argument for the man’s innocence. The state dismissed the case a week before trial.

A St. Charles County man was charged with three counts of promoting child pornography to a minor and two counts of tampering with a computer user’s email account. Matthew Radefeld handled the case for the defense and was able to get all but one charge dismissed by the prosecutor, and the sole remaining count was amended to endangering the welfare of a child. Defendant was ultimately given probation.

Federal charges of possession of child pornography were dropped in the Southern District of Illinois against a Fairfield man. The defendant had initially denied possession but then later confessed to the FBI. After months of legal maneuvering, Dan Juengel and Matthew Radefeld discovered technical problems with the computer seized, and procured a plea bargain to a separate offense of lying to a federal agent. The defendant ultimately received probation and 90 days’ house arrest on that charge.

The FBI’s Operation Candyman case was dismissed resulting in federal child pornography charges being dropped against a Maryland Heights man. The defendant initially pled guilty and was sentenced. He learned another Candyman defendant had his case dropped after Daniel Juengel and Matthew Radefeld had successfully challenged a search warrant in that case. The Maryland Heights man dropped his former attorney and hired Mr. Juengel. Ultimately, Daniel Juengel was successful in proving the previous attorney was ineffective, and the defendant should have never pled guilty. The court overturned the conviction, and the government dismissed the case rather than fight it out in court again.

A St. Louis television executive was able to get evidence of possession of child pornography suppressed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri based on an invalid search warrant. Having no additional evidence against the defendant, the United States attorney’s office had no choice but to dismiss the case against the television executive. This case was based on a nationwide child pornography sting on the internet called “Operation Candyman.” We were the first firm in the United States to have evidence suppressed in this nationwide investigation and prosecution. Dan Juengel was lead counsel on the case and was assisted by Matthew Radefeld.