Sex crimes in Missouri encompass a variety of offenses, even if the person charged isn’t involved in the actual sex act. Most sex crimes involve some kind of ties with prostitution, while rape can involve a prostitute or any person where sex is non-consensual.
Seriousness of Sex Offenses
Most sex offenses in Missouri are classified as misdemeanors, although other factors such as repeated offenses, drug use or violence can increase the charge to a felony. Anyone who uses the services of a prostitute can be charged with solicitation, and if the sexual acts go beyond the agreed upon services between the prostitute and the client, offenders can also be charged with rape.
While prostitution itself is generally a misdemeanor. anyone involved with the promotion of prostitution or pimping can face felony charges. These felonies have first, second and third degrees and are listed as Class B, C, and D felonies, respectively. Promoting sex tourism is also a felony. Patronizing a prostitute between the ages of 15 and 17 is a Class A misdemeanor, while patronizing an adult prostitute or working as a prostitute is a Class B misdemeanor.
Defending prostitution-related and other sex offenses
Ignoring a sex crime charge will not make it go away. Being convicted of one of these crimes can result in repercussions that can last for the rest of your life. Serious sex crimes do not only include pimping and promotion of prostitution but can also include online crimes like child pornography or propositioning a minor online.
If you have been charged with any type of sex crime, especially if it a felony or a repeat offense, an aggressive defense is your only solution. Getting the charges dropped may not be a reality but attempting to get them reduced is a possibility.