If you face sex crime charges, you may feel overwhelmed. Sexual assault or rape charges are among the most serious. Despite the seriousness of the charges, there are ways to defend yourself against the accusations.
Here is what you need to know about being charged with sexual assault.
What do the charges mean?
According to Missouri law, a sexual assault charge in the first degree means that someone has alleged that you assaulted him or her while incapable of consent. A person cannot consent if he or she is:
- Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Physically impaired
- Forced by threat or violence
It is a felony charge that, if convicted, you face no less than five years in prison. Those who commit an aggravated offense, they face life imprisonment or no less than 15 years.
If the alleged victim is under the age of 12, the accused cannot seek probation or parole in less than 30 years or until he or she reaches 75 years of age and served at least 15 years. F
What are you up against?
The legal battle following a sex crime charge is long and complex. The prosecution does not hesitate to seek severe sentences. Convicted murderers often see more lax sentences than convicted sex offenders.
You could face anywhere from five years in prison to life in prison without the possibility of parole. You may also have to register with the sex offender registry. The impact of a sexual assault charge is something that can follow you and your family for the rest of your life.