An overview of Missouri sex crime penalties

On Behalf of | Oct 12, 2021 | Firm News

Missouri sex offenses come with legal burdens and social stigmas. If you are facing charges for a sex crime, the negative impact is likely to affect your life.

State and federal laws

Many laws and their associated penalties for sex offenses were first established in the 1980s and 1990s. Some of the most well-known are the following:

  • Megan’s Law: Megan’s Law ensures that every offender is registered publicly.
  • Jacob Wetterling Act: The Wetterling mandate forces sex offenders to register no matter where they live in the country.
  • Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act: The Adam Walsh Act enhanced the national protocols involving state sex offender registries.
  • Pam Lyncher Sexual Offender Tracking Law: The initiation of this tracking law requires a sex offender to remain registered for life and gives law enforcement power to track offenders.

Sex offender registration

Listed below are some sex offenses found in the list of Missouri Law Offenses Requiring Registration. If you are convicted on the following charges, you will likely have to register:

  • Promoting child pornography
  • Displaying explicit sexual material publicly
  • Possessing of child pornography
  • Promoting pornography to underage persons
  • Using and promoting a child in a sexual performance
  • Felony restraining a child by a non-caregiver
  • Engaging in sexual relations or contact with nursing home residents
  • Giving pornographic materials to individuals under 17 years of age

Other protocols

A convicted sex offender has to register with their local police precinct within three days of release. If not incarcerated, the offender has three days from their conviction or moving into a county where registration is a requirement.

Sex offenses get treated severely by state and federal law. Prison sentencing is only the beginning. For example, where an offender can live may come with severe restrictions.

After release, law enforcement will visit an offender’s home, limit travel, track internet use and even monitor relationships. Individuals who want to avoid these penalties need to mount a strong defense to fight the charges.