Sexual Abuse Charges in Springfield, MO
Springfield Sex Crime Attorney
While any criminal charge can lead to a life-ruining criminal record, simply
being accused of sexual abuse is particularly damaging to one's reputation.
A charge of sexual abuse in the second degree can be a class A misdemeanor,
while a first degree sexual abuse charge will be a felony.
Penalties for a Sexual Abuse Conviction in Springfield
Under M.R.S. §566.101, a charge of
second degree sexual abuse means that someone is being accused of intentionally "subject[ing]
another person to sexual contact without that person's consent".
This offense could be sentenced as a
class A misdemeanor, entailing a sentence of up to one year in jail. Or it could be penalized as a
class D felony, punishable by up to 4 years in prison. This would be the case if the
charge also included that:
- The offense involved brandishing a deadly weapon
- The offense took place to perform a ritual, or
- The accused has a prior sex crime conviction
According to M.R.S. §566.100, a charge of
sexual abuse in the first degree can be leveled at someone who has been accused of sexual contact with
someone who is "incapacitated, incapable of consent, or lacks the
capacity to consent", or was forced upon. This would be a
class C felony charge, which could carry a sentence of up to 7 years in prison. The offense
class B felony if serious physical harm is said to result, if a weapon was brandished,
if the victim was forced to have sexual contact with multiple people,
or if the victim is younger than 14 years old. A conviction would mean
a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in prison, and it could be made
as high as a 15-year prison sentence.
Contact a Springfield Sexual Abuse Attorney Immediately
If a person has been convicted of sexual abuse, not only can they be sentenced
to years in prison, but they could face additional penalties that include
serious fines. Worst of all, anyone who has been convicted of a
sex crime in Missouri has to register with the state's sex offender registry
for at least a decade. Many of those convicted have to be registered for
life. Failing to register is a felony offense on its own. Not only is
this registry public, but you would face restrictions on where you could
travel, live, and work.
If you have been charged with sexual abuse, there is no time to waste.
You need to find the best Springfield sex crime lawyer as soon as you
can. Find out how you could find the rigorous defense you need from a
Springfield, MO criminal defense attorney when you
contact Worsham Law Firm today.