Based on some high-profile court cases involving sexual offenses, the law on the federal and state levels has changed when it comes to the punishment of sexual offenders. You may have heard of laws such as Megan's Law or The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. These laws have helped to shape the registration requirements for such offenders. The state of Missouri has also made special registration requirements for sexual offenders.
Any sexual offense accusations you might face in Missouri have the potential to result in long-lasting consequences. You might find that a conviction of a sex crime could even persist to trouble you for your whole life. These kinds of convictions also tend to have an effect on civil procedure, a topic you may find discussed in more detail in a subsequent blog article on this site.
If you or someone you know in Missouri has been arrested for and charged with a sex crime, you will no doubt want to learn as much as you can about the charges and any potential consequences associated with a conviction should that happen. One of the penalties of a conviction for a crime of a sexual nature may well be the requirement to register as a sex offender. This program has recently undergone some important changes.
You may be surprised to find out that not all sexual predators behind bars are guilty of committing a crime. In fact, there are a number of people who have been released from prison after spending years, sometimes decades, behind bars for a rape or sexual crime they did not commit. How does this horrible tragedy occur on such a regular basis? Errors in eyewitness lineups, as well as the inaccuracy of the human memory under times of severe stress can often lead victims to identify an innocent person as their attacker.