Aggressive, No-Nonsense Defense Attorneys For Sex Offenses
Being accused of or charged with a sex crime is devastating. It can damage your career, personal life and reputation in the community even before you have a chance to defend yourself before a prosecutor, judge or jury. For this reason, an aggressive defense is essential. Contact a defense lawyer as soon as you know you are potentially in legal trouble.
At KesslerWilliams, our attorneys can help you defend yourself both legally and practically. For example, we can speak on your behalf in media reports. Common defenses include questioning alleged DNA evidence and examining the credibility of the accuser.
About Sex Crimes In Missouri: Some Questions And Answers
Let us hear about your sex crime charges so we can respond to your concerns in a personalized way. Does your case sound like any of those discussed below?
What is a sex crime?
Some examples in Missouri, Illinois and other states include the following:
- Sexual assault
- Statutory rape
- Crimes against children, including child molestation and internet sex crimes such as solicitation of a minor
- Sexual trafficking of a child
- Child pornography possession or distribution
Will I go to jail?
If you are arrested on suspicion of a sex crime, you may go to jail in the beginning. You may then be able to post bail until your criminal trial occurs. If you are convicted of a sex crime, your criminal penalties are likely to include time in prison. Maximum penalties vary depending on the severity of the crime and other factors. A skillful defense lawyer will help you pursue the least harsh penalties attainable in your case. Probation on the condition that a sex offender will undergo therapy is a possibility in some cases.
Will I be required to register as a sex offender?
By state law in Missouri, mandatory registration may apply if you are convicted of any of the following sex crimes:
- Child sex trafficking
- Statutory rape
- Sexual contact with a student
- Child molestation
- Kidnapping a child
- Endangering the welfare of a child
- Promoting child pornography
- Sexual exploitation of a minor
Can you get my name removed from Missouri’s sex crime registry?
Depending on the severity of your sex crime conviction, you may petition the circuit court in the county or region where your alleged offense occurred to remove your name from the sex offender registry if:
- You have committed no subsequent sex crimes
- A number of years (variable by the nature of your conviction) have gone by
Our defense attorneys will evaluate your case and pursue all avenues of post-conviction relief for you, including helping you petition to have your name removed from a registry after the required passage of time. Also, we may help you appeal and if your conviction is overturned, we can help you petition to reverse your sex offender registry requirement.
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