Over the last several decades Missouri, like other states all across the country, has developed a method by which it tracks people convicted of crimes of a sexual nature. This is often referred to as the sex offender registry program. One of the key elements of this program is that every person must register as a sex offender with authorities and maintain updated information at all times.
A sexual offense charge or conviction in Missouri can haunt a person for a lifetime. It may affect not just where they can live, but public perception of them and the job opportunities that become available. Not surprisingly, when a man or woman is innocent of charges made against them, they are especially anxious about paying the time for a crime they did not commit.
When you receive a conviction for certain types of sex crimes in Missouri, you may have to register as a sex offender, and failing to do so can lead to considerable consequences. In addition to registering as a sex offender in the district where you reside, you may, too, need to do so in the district where you received your conviction, if they differ. If you do not register as a sex offender within the appropriate areas, and within a certain timeframe, you could potentially face a lengthy term of imprisonment.
When you hear the word "rape," you may immediately conjure up an image of a violent, forceful assault that leaves little room for interpretation as to the motive of an accused perpetrator. Yet while many may share the assumption, the law actually assigns a much broader definition to the crime. This is why many have come to us here at Frank, Juengel & Radefeld Attorneys at Law so surprised when they find themselves accused of this offense. You may currently be experiencing the same shock after similar accusations have surfaced from what you may have believed to be a completely consensual encounter.
Sexual assault cases can be difficult for an array of reasons, especially since such a harsh stigma surrounds this offense. People may unexpectedly find themselves accused of sex assault following consensual sexual activity, or they may be accused of wrongdoing even though they have never had any physical contact with someone who claims that they were assaulted. Regrettably, being accused of sexual assault can be incredibly hard to stand up against, and it is pivotal for people who have found themselves in this tough position to firmly defend their rights and know all about their legal options.