Whenever an individual is convicted of committing a sex crime in the state of Missouri, he or she will be facing mandatory, lifetime registration as a sex offender. Lawmakers created the sex offender registry in an effort to deter people from committing these types of crimes. Individuals who are required to register as a sex offender will need to provide their name, a photo, a physical description, date of birth, fingerprints, current place of residence, work address, vehicle description, license plate number, the crime for which they were convicted, along with other personal and private information. DNA samples will also be taken from convicted sex offenders and stored in a statewide database.
The state's sex offender registry is maintained online and is accessible to the general public. Registered sex offenders are required by law to keep their registration current and provide state officials with any changes that affect their registry information. Activities of a registered sex offender will be closely monitored and tracked by law enforcement. Certain sex offenders cannot reside within a thousand feet of a school, child care facility, park or other place where children are known to gather. Any failure to maintain proper sex offender registration can lead to felony charges and additional prison time.
Not all convicted sex offenders will be required to maintain lifetime registration. In some cases, an individual may be able to petition to have his or her name removed from the sex offender registry after a period of 10 years has passed. Individuals who were convicted of committing a sex crime before a specific date are not required to register as sex offenders, unless they have since been convicted of another qualifying offense.
If you have additional questions about Missouri sex offender registration laws or you need legal representation in a criminal case, you are advised to contact Worsham Law Firm right away. Their attorneys are skilled negotiators and experienced litigations who understand the need for an aggressive, hard-hitting defense. They are well aware of long-lasting effects of mandatory sex offender registration. With their assistance, Fighting for your rights is what they do. With a Springfield, MO attorney from their firm on your side, you can actively pursue the most favorable outcome to your case. Do not leave your future up to chance. Put your trust in them.