Kansas City Sex Crimes Lawyer
Aggressive Representation to Protect Your Freedom
Of the various crimes of which people are convicted, few have a worse reputation than those involving sex offenses. Even a mere accusation is enough to permanently injure a person’s reputation, and a conviction carries the possibility of consequences such as fines, prison time, and lifetime inclusion on the sex offender registry.
These challenges can make it nearly impossible to proceed with life. If you were charged with a sex crime, you cannot afford not to retain qualified representation for your legal rights. The Kansas City sex crimes lawyer at the Law Office of Michael Crawford stands ready to help you.
What is the Romeo and Juliet Law in Missouri?
The Romeo and Juliet Law in Missouri states that individuals under the age of 21 can have sexual intercourse with someone that is 14 years or older. Once an individual becomes 21 or older, they can't have intercourse with someone under 17.
Consequences of a Conviction
In Missouri, it is illegal to initiate any sexual contact with another person if they do not consent. Even then, there are clauses where it is illegal, such as between a person over the age of 21 with a person under the age of 17. With the exception of touching another person’s private parts without their consent—charged as a Class A misdemeanor—all sex offenses are considered felony crimes. If you are convicted of a felony offense, you could face a minimum of up to four years in prison, up to $5,000 in fines, and a high likelihood of sex offender registration.
Actions which are considered sex offenses include:
- Sexual intercourse with someone incapable of consent
- Sexual intercourse by force
- Statutory rape, which is sex with a person under 14 years old or between a person over 21 years old with someone under 17 years old
- Sexual abuse, which is touching another person in a sexual way without their consent
Get Started on Your Case Today
While you are to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, the truth is that fighting these charges can be harder than simply proving you are innocent. You need an aggressive advocate who can fight to completely exonerate you of the charges you face. As a former prosecutor, Attorney Michael Crawford understands the strategies used by your accusers, and our firm understands what it takes to build a strong defense. Don’t wait to get started on your case.
Dial (816) 945-4930 now to schedule your free consultation.
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