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.

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