Sex Crimes/Sex Offender Registry
Sex crimes are among the most serious types of charges. These are often “all or nothing” cases due to the severe nature of the outcome should there be a finding of guilt or a guilty plea.
Missouri requires most sex offenders to register. This includes several misdemeanor crimes that carry the same level punishment as a speeding ticket. Key to defending a sex offense charge is the details. Because these cases often involve little more than testimony from a single witness, it is essential to carefully examine the timeline and look for inconsistencies and impossibilities. Once the witness commits to facts, they can be examined and scrutinized.
Sometimes a case can turn on the smallest detail.
Removal from the sex offender registry
Missouri recently changed to a three tier system that allows some to petition for removal.
If you or a loved one are facing a sex crime or if you are interested in getting removed from the Missouri sex offender registry, call (314) 456-4567 to discuss.
- First degree sodomy not guilty A St. Louis City jury found the defendant not guilty after 30 minutes of deliberation. Defendant had been accused of sodomy and was facing years in prison. The alleged victim’s testimony was an ever moving target, having changed each time it was told. These inconsistencies were highlighted to the jury and a swift acquittal put an end to the nightmare.
- First degree sodomy hung jury A St. Louis City jury could not reach a decision on multiple first degree sodomy charges and the St. Louis Circuit Attorney dismissed the case.
- First degree sodomy 10 year minimum reduced Defendant was facing a minimum of ten years/85% incarceration for first degree sodomy. By agreement, the charges were amended and defendant participated in the Sex Offender Assessment Unit 120 program with the Department of Corrections. Defendant was subsequently released and placed on probation.
- Possession of child pornography Defendant was accused of possession a large amount of child pornography. The defendant entered a blind plea and received a suspended imposition of sentence.
- Possession of child pornography federal Defendant was accused of possessing a large amount of child pornography by the U.S. Attorney. The initial sentencing range for defendant 87-108 months in prison. By agreement, the sentencing range was reduced to 41-51 months. Defense counsel presented evidence to the Court that persuaded it to make a downward variance and sentenced defendant to 36 months.
- Possession of child pornography Defendant was accused of possessing child pornography. The initial offer by the State was five years in prison. The State then offered 120 days with the Sex Offender Assessment Unit at the Missouri Department of Corrections. Defendant entered a blind plea and received probation.
- Various refusals Attorney Richard Lozano frequently intervenes while sex cases are being considered for prosecution and has on many occasions persuaded the State not to issue charges.