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May 20, 2024

What Are Misdemeanor Sex Crimes in Missouri?

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While Missouri classifies most sex crimes as felonies, there are a handful that are misdemeanors and do not carry penalties as harsh as those associated with felony sex crimes. However, a conviction for a misdemeanor sex crime could still have severe consequences, including jail time, fines, social stigma, and being blocked from working or living in specific industries or areas.

Missouri Sex Crimes Classified as Misdemeanors

Under Missouri law, misdemeanor sex crimes include:

  • First-Degree Sexual Misconduct  This offense occurs when someone exposes their genitals while knowing it might upset others, engages in sexual contact or has sexual intercourse in public in a way likely to cause alarm, or does so in the presence of another person. Normally a class B misdemeanor, this charge is upgraded to a Class A misdemeanor if the person has a prior related offense.
  • Second-Degree Sexual Misconduct – This involves soliciting or requesting sexual conduct in a manner likely to upset others. The charge is treated as a Class C misdemeanor.
  • Second-Degree Sexual Abuse – This crime involves touching someone sexually without their consent. It’s usually a Class A misdemeanor, but is upgraded to a Class E felony for an aggravated offense.
  • First-Degree Sexual Misconduct with a Nursing Home Resident or a Vulnerable Person – This offense occurs when nursing facility staff or associates engage in sexual intercourse with a nursing home resident or a vulnerable person without their consent. It’s a Class A misdemeanor, but escalates to a Class E felony for repeat offenses.
  • Second-Degree Sexual Misconduct with a Nursing Home Resident or a Vulnerable Person – This charge involves inappropriate sexual contact by staff or associates with a nursing home resident or a vulnerable person. It’s a Class B misdemeanor, although repeat offenses upgrade it to a Class A misdemeanor.

Penalties for Misdemeanor Sex Crimes in Missouri

In Missouri, the baseline penalties for misdemeanor sex crimes include:

  • Class A Misdemeanors – Up to one year in jail, fine up to $2,000
  • Class B Misdemeanors – Up to six months in jail, fine up to $1,000
  • Class C Misdemeanors – Up to 15 days in jail, fine up to $700

How Our Misdemeanor Sex Crimes Defense Lawyers Can Help You

At Richard H. Sindel, Inc., Attorneys at Law, our sex crimes defense lawyers know the stress even a misdemeanor charge can bring, and we can guide you through the legal process while preparing a robust defense. We start by examining every detail of your case to find weaknesses in the prosecution’s positions. We can challenge any evidence obtained illegally, and we’ll protect your rights at every step. With our knowledge of local laws and court procedures, we aim to achieve the best possible outcome for you. If we can’t get the charges against you dropped, we can negotiate a plea bargain or represent you at trial.

Let Richard H. Sindel, Inc., Attorneys at Law, help you through this challenging time with confidence and care. Call us today or complete our contact form for a free consultation.