Even if the allegations are false, much is at stake for individuals accused of sexual offenses. A sex crime charge that is never proven in court can still have a negative effect on a person's reputation and personal relationships. Anyone accused of a sex offense should learn as much as they can about the law and how it applies to their case.
With the development of new technologies, DNA evidence continues to play an important role in criminal cases, especially in cases involving allegations of violent crime such as sexual assault. In the United States, DNA evidence has been used to exonerate 321 individuals who were convicted. This number is utterly tragic, given that 13.6 years is the average prison sentence that DNA exonerees have served.
Individuals in St. Louis take out protective orders for a number of reasons. Individuals who believe someone in their life is capable of hurting them may seek an order to avoid potential trouble. Those who have been the victim of rape or another violent crime may seek an order against the person accused of the crime; in some cases, this may help the victim feel safe as a criminal case unfolds.
Facing any criminal charge can be frightening, and the stakes are high when facing charges such as rape or murder. A strong criminal defense is essential to protecting the future, whether that involves seeking a dismissal of the charges or working with prosecutors on a plea deal that reduces charges for lesser sentencing.
The statute of limitations on prosecuting crimes varies by location and type of crime. Generally, felonies and other violent crimes have a longer statute of limitations than misdemeanors, which means that individuals can be charged with crimes such as rape or murder years after alleged events.
A Missouri man was arrested Thursday, April 17, in another state. The man is allegedly a person of interest in a violent crime case that involves multiple highway shootings. According to authorities, a dozen shootings from several cities in the states have been linked to a single person. Reports are that three people were struck with bullets in the seemingly random shootings, though no one sustained life-threatening injuries.
DNA evidence has had a profound effect on the criminal justice system. In Missouri and across the country, many people have been exonerated after new evidence made available in the last two decades showed their convictions were wrongful.
Sometimes someone is already in jail when he or she becomes a suspect on other criminal charges. That is what happened in a recent St. Louis sex offense case.
The availability of DNA evidence has dramatically affected criminal appeals in Missouri and across the country. It has made it much easier to challenge convictions, as the evidence from DNA has shown that other evidence used to obtain convictions, including eyewitness evidence, can be wrong.
Prosecutors have great power. This does not only flow from the discretion they have in choosing whether or not to bring certain charges. It also involves the questionable tactics that they sometimes use before or during trial, such as withholding evidence from the defense. Sometimes such tactics cross the line and become prosecutorial misconduct.