Sex Crimes Articles

May 20, 2024
What Are Misdemeanor Sex Crimes in Missouri?

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 […]

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Apr 19, 2024
What Is the Age of Consent in Missouri?

The age of consent can be a confusing topic. Not only does it differ in various jurisdictions, but many states have exceptions based on how close two individuals are in age or whether or not they are married. In Missouri, the age at which an individual can legally give consent to participate in sexual activities […]

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Jan 16, 2024
What Is the Definition of Sexual Assault in Missouri?

In Missouri, sexual assault generally falls under the criminal offenses of rape, sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct. These offenses vary in degree, with the most serious offenses carrying severe penalties, including jail time and fines. Missouri Sexual Assault Laws First-degree rape occurs when a person engages in sexual intercourse with another person who is incapacitated, […]

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Nov 6, 2023
What is The Illinois Age of Consent?

As you may know, each state has its own age of consent laws. Do you know what the age of consent is for Illinois? It is seventeen years old. Continue reading to find out exactly what this means and what could happen if this law is not obeyed. The Age of Consent in Illinois is 17 In […]

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Jul 20, 2023
Indecent exposure can lead to criminal charges

When most people think of sex crimes, they think about crimes like rape or sexual assault. Some people might not realize that there are several other sex-related criminal charges that a person might face. One of these crimes is indecent exposure. Indecent exposure means that you are accused of showing your genitals to another person […]

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Jul 20, 2023
Sexting Laws In Missouri: Teenager vs. Adult Charges

Most people understand sexting to be the sending or receiving of sexually explicit messages through electronic methods, such as text message or email. When consensual adults send these types of messages for noncommercial use, it is generally acceptable. In contrast, when these messages involve images of children under the age of 18, people can face […]

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Jul 19, 2023
What is statutory sodomy?

Statutory sodomy is a criminal sex offense that includes anal, oral and other types of deviant sex with a minor. Both law enforcement and courts in Missouri consider statutory sodomy to be serious. Consequently, upon conviction in a sodomy case, defendants may spend up to the rest of their lives behind bars. The St. Louis […]

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Jul 19, 2023
Sex offender registry tiers: a consequence of a Missouri sex crime

The consequences of a Missouri sex crime often go far beyond jail time and fines. Depending on the details of the conviction, the law may limit where offenders live, the jobs they hold and disqualify them for mortgages or student loans. Required registration on the Sex Offender Registry, which is available to the public, is […]

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Jul 19, 2023
Does Missouri have a Romeo and Juliet law?

If you have teenagers in your family, you undoubtedly know your good parenting can only go so far. You must eventually give your kids freedom to make some mistakes that are part of the growing-up process. Hopefully, those mistakes do not violate any law. It is not uncommon for teens to engage in sexual activity […]

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