Sexual Misconduct Charges in Springfield, MO
Springfield Sex Crime Attorney
Every criminal charge has to be taken seriously, but with a sex crime,
even an accusation can ruin someone's reputation. If you have been
accused or charged with sexual misconduct in Springfield, then you urgently
need to find a criminal defense attorney who can fight your charges and
defend against the severe penalties you could face.
Penalties for a Sexual Misconduct Conviction
Sexual misconduct can be charged in the second degree or first degree,
ranging from a class C misdemeanor to a class A misdemeanor.
Sexual misconduct in the second degree is a class C misdemeanor, and a conviction could include a sentence of
up to 15 days in jail. According to M.R.S. §566.095, this offense
is when someone "solicits or requests another person to engage in
sexual conduct" in a situation where the offender knew the other
person would be distressed by the request.
A charge of
sexual misconduct in the first degree is a class B misdemeanor if the accused has no prior conviction of a
sex crime, and this could lead to a six-month jail sentence. If the accused is a
convicted sex offender, then this charge will be that of a class A misdemeanor,
according to M.R.S. §566.093. This is punishable by up to a year
in jail. This offense is when:
- Someone commits indecent exposure where they are aware it will offend others,
- Knowing that it will probably upset others "has sexual contact in
the presence of a third person or persons", or
- Has sex in public in front of someone else
Contact a Springfield Sexual Misconduct Lawyer
While some of the jail sentences may not be intimidating, it is vital to
understand that incarceration is far from the worst penalty you could
face for this charge. Everyone who is convicted as a sex offender in Missouri
has to enter the sex offender registry, a record of a ruined reputation
that is available to the public, severely limiting your job and housing
opportunities, and overall diminishing your future outlook. When you are
faced with these prospects, you must act immediately to preserve your
freedom and future.
Contact Worsham Law Firm today to learn how a Springfield, MO criminal defense lawyer can mount
the defense you need.