Strong Defense Against Sex Crime Charges
If you are facing sexual assault, sexual misconduct, sexual abuse or other sex crime charges, you are in the fight of your life. Even though in our country you are supposed to be "innocent until proven guilty," being charged with a sex crime leaves most people feeling the opposite: guilty until proven innocent. Not only is it important to minimize your consequences or penalties that come with sex crime convictions — such as jail time, it is also important for many to minimize their public exposure and prevent a sex crime from appearing on their permanent record. In some cases, persons being charged with certain sex crimes are also scared about having to register as a sex offender. Make sure you work with an experienced Lee's Summit sexual assault defense attorney who can minimize the damage that these charges can do to your life.
Scared? Anxious? Confused? Help Is Here!
Facing the criminal justice system can be intimidating, even if it is not your first time. I will use my 36 years of Missouri criminal law experience to defend you aggressively against sex crime charges. I am committed to keeping the lines of communication open, and I will walk you through every step of your case. Contact me to learn more about how I can help you.
Sex Crime Charges
I can represent you against a range of sex crime charges, including:
- Sexual misconduct, first degree: When a person purposely subjects another person to sexual contact without that person's consent.
- Sexual misconduct, second degree: When a person exposes his or her genitals, has sexual contact in the presence of a third person or people, or has sexual intercourse or deviate sexual intercourse in a public place or in the presence of a third person with knowledge that such conduct is likely to cause affront or alarm.
- Sexual misconduct, third degree: If a person solicits or requests another
person to engage in sexual conduct with knowledge that those requests or solicitation is likely to cause affront or alarm.
- Sexual abuse: In Missouri, sexual abuse is defined as subjecting another person to sexual contact by use of forcible compulsion. This is a class C felony, which is elevated to a class B felony if weapons are involved or if the victim is younger than 14.
- Sexual assault: Sexual assault is intercourse with another person without that person's consent. Most of the time, this is the crime charged when the prosecutor cannot make a good case for rape charges.
- Sexual misconduct involving a child: Sexual misconduct with a child can include exposing genitals to a child younger than 15 or coercing or inducing a child to expose his/her genitals. This crime includes exposure occurring over the Internet.
- Child molestation: Subjecting another person who is younger than 17 to sexual contact.
Contacting An Experienced Sex Crimes Attorney As Soon As Possible
One of the most valuable things that we can do for your defense is to start strategically planning for your case as soon as possible. The sooner we make a plan, the better it is. Not often, but in some instances, if contacted before you are charged, I can make a difference in what you are charged with, or if you get charged at all. In other instances, the more time you give me to begin to put together and execute a plan, the easier it is to convince the prosecutor to bring reduced charges against you with a more lenient sentence.
Kansas City Sexual Abuse Defense Attorney
I offer free initial consultations so you can talk with a lawyer free of charge about your case. Call 816-221-5900 or contact me online to schedule your free initial consultation.