By: Twibell Pierson
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Sex crimes and allegations charges are often the most life altering charges that can be brought against you. Not only can you face serious legal consequences, but also significant personal, social, career, and family relationships can be put in jeopardy.
The choice of a lawyer for these types of accusations is a critical one, as it can have a dramatic result on the outcome of your case.
Prosecutor’s offices aggressively prosecute sex crimes ranging from sexual abuse to statutory sodomy to rape. Many sex crimes come with required time in prison. All sex cases require registering as a sex offender with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, sometimes registration can last a lifetime and require a GPS monitor.
Even a misdemeanor sex offense can have life changing consequences. We encourage anyone charged or alleged to have committed a sex crime to call our office for a no-obligation, free, consultation.
If you’ve been arrested, or are under investigation, for a sex related offense in Springfield, MO, you must have an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side.
We’re committed to providing you with the best possible outcome. Call us today for a free consultation, at 417-862-1741.
Sex crime charges or allegation are life-altering. Twibell Pierson Criminal Law doesn’t see you as “just a number.”
Types of Sex Cases
Sex cases can include felony and misdemeanor charges. The range of punishment can vary from time in the county jail, probation or in extreme cases life imprisonment.
Sex cases in Missouri can involve many different type of charges, including:
- Rape in the first degree
- Rape in the second degree,
- Statutory rape or sodomy in the first degree (victim is under fourteen),
- Statutory rape or sodomy in the second degree (victim under seventeen)
- Child Molestation (Different degrees depending on the age of the victim)
- Sexual misconduct involving a child
- Sexual contact with a student
- Sexual misconduct first or second degree
- Sexual abuse
- Promoting online sexual solicitation
- Sexual conduct with a prisoner
- Enticement of a child
- Possession of child pornography
If a person is convicted of any sex crime, including a misdemeanor charge, they will likely be required to register as a sex offender. Registered sex offenders are given restrictions of where they can go. Missouri has a tier system for sex offenders. Tier 1 Offenders are required to register for up to 15 years, but may petition the courts to get off the sex offender registry after 10 years. Tier 2 offenders are required to register as sex offenders for up to 25 years. Tier 3 offenders are required to register as a sex offender for life and some are required to wear GPS monitoring.
At Twibell Pierson Criminal Law we will review the facts of your case. Our team will investigate the circumstances of your arrest, the defenses that might be available, the precise crime you are being charged with, and more. We’ll also review all the potential penalties if you are found guilty or accept a plea deal so that you understand your situation fully. When pleading to sex offense is it vitally important to understand the collateral consequences of pleading guilty to a sex offense. The penalties might include time served in custody, fines, mandatory counseling or rehabilitation, probation, and sex offender registration.
Sex cases are often a “he said, she said cases”, meaning they are more likely to go to trial. Understanding the nuances of the sex crime laws is important in preparing a strong defense at trial. The attorneys at Twibell Pierson have a long history of success in jury trials and bench trials and begin preparing your case for trial at the moment you walk in for a free a consultation in order to put their clients in the best possible position.
We’ll work with you and with the judge to ensure that your case is handled fairly and that you receive the best possible outcome.
We understand that sex crime charges and allegations aren’t as black and white as prosecutors would like to make them out to be. Whether you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor or a sex crime with potential life imprisonment you must have a defense lawyer.
Only an experienced attorney fully understands the applicable laws and is fully equipped to fight for your rights. Call Twibell Pierson today, at 417-862-1741.
ALL SEX CRIME CASES ARE SERIOUS.
The attorneys at Twibell Pierson Criminal Law are experienced in dealing with sex crime cases and allegations. Our office has obtained numerous ‘not guilty’ verdicts in felony sex cases including charges of forcible rape, child molestation and statutory sodomy and statutory rape. We have also been able to get sex crime charges dismissed, successfully negotiated felony charges down to misdemeanors, and prevented clients from becoming convicted felons or having to register as sex offenders.
One misconception we often see among clients is that some types of cases are less “serious” than others. It is true that some charges may have less potential for the most severe penalties, but make no mistake, there is no such thing as a “minor” sex crime charges in Missouri.
That’s why we heavily stress the need to contact a lawyer as soon as you any sex crime allegations are made. The more time we have to examine your case and prepare your defense, the more likely we are to get you the best possible outcome.
The right lawyer can help no matter how serious the charge may seem. Being convicted can have devastating consequences, but a robust defense can help mitigate that—or even get you cleared of all charges.
However, it’s imperative that we start building your case as soon as possible, please call us today at 417-862-1741.
Don’t Risk Your Future
A conviction can disqualify you from career opportunities and other programs. It is critical to consider your future, and we can help you protect it.
Don’t gamble your future on any sex crime cases or allegations. Our attorneys are standing by to help you get the best possible outcome. Simply being charged with a sex crime can disrupt your life for years, resulting in time spent in jail or even prison. It’s not worth the risk. Call us today and engage the services of an experienced attorney who specializes in cases ranging from misdemeanor sex crimes to the most serious sex crimes.
The attorneys at Twibell Pierson specialize in criminal law and criminal defense and have award-winning experience handling all types of sex cases from sexual misconduct to rape charges.
Sexual Crimes are some of the most life altering charges that can be brought against you. Not only can you face serious legal consequences, but also significant personal, social, career, and family relationships can be put in jeopardy. The choice of a lawyer for these types of accusations is a critical one, as it can have a dramatic result on the outcome of your case.
Twibell Pierson’s lawyers are some of the most experience sexual assault and sex crimes lawyers in the Springfield area. Our Two Door Approach is a unique method for ensuring there is a plan and multiple strategic options for how to best resolve your case. Our consultations are free and we can lay out how our team approach can help with your charges.