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Sex Crimes

A sex crime charge can have a devastating impact on your life. In addition to the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence, a sex crimes charge can affect your employment and your ability to secure housing. In Missouri, sex crimes are pursued vigorously by prosecutors throughout the state. It is imperative that if you are faced with a sex crime, you hire an experienced and skilled St. Louis sex crimes lawyer.

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    Sex Crimes Overview

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    Sexual Misconduct

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    Statutory Sodomy

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    Prostitution and Solicitation

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    Child Molestation

Defense in Sex Crime Cases

It is vital that a strong defense begins with a thorough and aggressive investigation. The St. Louis sex crimes lawyers of Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C. will determine whether any search of your house or computer was done illegally. Our lawyers will work hard to undermine any witnesses the state may have against you, including any false statements levied against you that may have been solicited by law enforcement. We consult with psychological experts and private investigators to get a complete picture of the events and the parties involved. After consulting with our team of experts, we proceed to put together a thorough and aggressive defense to help prove your innocence.

At Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C., our St. Louis criminal defense lawyers represent clients charged with the following offenses:

  • Forcible rape
  • Statutory rape
  • Forcible sodomy
  • Statutory sodomy
  • Child molestation
  • Possession of child pornography
  • Promoting pornography for minors
  • Endangering the welfare of a child

Contact the Jefferson and St. Louis County, MO Sex Crimes Lawyers

If you are being investigated or have been charged with any sex-related offense, it is vital that you seek aggressive and skilled representation from the outset. The lawyers at Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C. stand ready to defend your freedom. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation.

Jefferson County, MO Sexual Misconduct Attorney

A charge of sexual misconduct is a very serious charge that requires aggressive and experienced legal representation from the outset. The St. Louis sexual misconduct attorneys at Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C. can advise and assist you as to the best approach to aggressively defend a charge of sexual misconduct.

Penalties for Sexual Misconduct in Missouri

Criminal charges for sexual misconduct are aggressively pursued in the state of Missouri by prosecutors. A conviction of sexual misconduct in the first degree is considered a class B misdemeanor and carries a possible sentence of up to six months in the county jail. Sexual misconduct in the second degree is considered a class C misdemeanor. However, a charge for sexual misconduct in Missouri can be elevated to a felony in certain situations. One situation where a sexual misconduct charge be can charged as a felony is if the sexual misconduct allegation involves a child victim.  In this situation, the offense is considered a class E felony.

Defending a Sexual Misconduct Charge

At Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C., our sexual misconduct attorneys prepare each case from the outset as if it is proceeding to trial. Of course, not all cases proceed to trial, but at Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C. we believe in negotiating from a position of strength rather than weakness. Ultimately, if the prosecution is not extending a favorable plea offer to our client, we are always prepared to proceed to a jury trial on a sexual misconduct charge.

Contact the Jefferson and St. Louis County, MO Sex Crimes Lawyers

If you are being investigated or have been charged with any sex-related offense, it is vital that you seek aggressive and skilled representation from the outset. The lawyers at Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C. stand ready to defend your freedom. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation.

Jefferson County, MO Statutory Sodomy Attorney

If you or a loved one is under investigation for statutory sodomy or have been charged with statutory sodomy in Missouri, it is imperative that you seek out an experienced and aggressive St. Louis, Missouri lawyer at the earliest possible stage of the investigation. At Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C., our St. Louis attorneys can fight for you.

1st Degree vs. 2nd Degree

In Missouri, there are two degrees of statutory sodomy. Statutory sodomy in the first degree occurs when an individual has “deviate sexual intercourse with another person who is less than fourteen years old.” The only distinction between statutory sodomy in the first degree and statutory sodomy in the second degree is the age of the alleged victim. Statutory sodomy in the second degree is applicable when the alleged victim is older than thirteen years of age.

Penalties in Missouri

Statutory sodomy in the first degree carries with it a sentencing range of up to life imprisonment with a minimum term of imprisonment of five years. Statutory sodomy in the second degree is considered a class D felony and carries a sentencing range of up to seven years in prison.

Needless to say, if you are facing a possible charge for statutory sodomy in either the 1st degree or 2nd degree, the consequences can be devastating. Not only is your freedom at stake but also other consequences are possible such as residential restrictions, registration as a sex offender, and the stigma of a sex offense being made part of your permanent record.

Contact the Jefferson and St. Louis County, MO Sex Crimes Lawyers

If you are being investigated or have been charged with any sex-related offense, it is vital that you seek aggressive and experienced representation from the outset. The lawyers at Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C. stand ready to defend your freedom. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation.

Missouri & Illinois Prostitution Defense Attorney

In Missouri and Illinois and most of the United States, prostitution, solicitation, and patronizing a prostitute is a crime. Throughout Missouri and Illinois, law enforcement agencies have been far more aggressive in not only arresting but also prosecuting individuals charged with prostitution and solicitation. Law enforcement officers throughout Missouri and Illinois frequently conduct sting operations, particularly in relation to undercover Backpage or other online advertisements or undercover police officers posing as a prostitute.

Whether you have been falsely accused or simply made a poor decision, the prostitution defense lawyers of Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C. will aggressively fight the charges and protect your reputation. We understand that an individual charged with prostitution or solicitation may be embarrassed and afraid that your loved ones or employer may find out.

Wrong Place, Wrong Time

Whether you were caught up in a sting operation or simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C. can help. Our criminal defense lawyers understand that innocent citizens, often with no prior criminal charges, can find themselves falsely accused and arrested for solicitation of a prostitute for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Frequently, an individual simply having a conversation with a prostitute or rejecting a prostitute’s advances may find themselves arrested. No matter what the circumstances were surrounding your arrest, we will vigorously defend you against the criminal charges.

Penalties for Prostitution / Solicitation

Prostitution and solicitation are serious charges that can have significant consequences. In addition to possible jail time and fines, a prostitution or solicitation charge may severely impact your reputation, your ability to find employment, and your relationship with loved ones. If you have been charged with prostitution or solicitation, it is vital that you seek the assistance of a skilled and aggressive criminal defense attorney to help minimize the potential consequences.

The penalties and consequences for prostitution charges and solicitation charges can be serious, and include the following:

  • Incarceration
  • Fines
  • Probation
  • Community service
  • Court-ordered counseling
  • AIDS testing

Contact the Jefferson and St. Louis County, MO Sex Crimes Lawyers

If you are being investigated or have been charged with any sex-related offense, it is vital that you seek aggressive and skilled representation from the outset. The lawyers at Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C. stand ready to defend your freedom. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation.

Jefferson County, MO Child Molestation Lawyer

A conviction for child molestation in Missouri can be crippling to not only your future but also your freedom. Suffice it to say, if you or a loved one is facing a charge for fondling, touching, or otherwise molesting a child, you need an experienced and aggressive St. Louis child molestation attorney in your corner fighting for you.

Defending Child Molestation Charges in Missouri

There are varying degrees of child molestation offenses ranging from child molestation in the first degree, which is a class A felony, to child molestation in the fourth degree, which is a class E felony.  The defendant’s and the alleged victim’s age are, in most cases, the factors used to determine which degree of child molestation an individual is charged with.

The St. Louis child molestation lawyers at Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C. understand the stress one is facing if charged with a sex crime such as child molestation. A conviction for child molestation may mean the loss of freedom, lifetime registration, and other adverse consequences in the community due to the stigma of a child molestation charge. An individual’s right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty is precisely why we aggressively defend and fight for clients facing charges of child molestation.

Our St. Louis, Missouri child molestation lawyers consult with any necessary experts and doctors to aid in our defense. We also take depositions of any witnesses that the state may at use at trial in its attempt to secure a conviction. Ultimately, after a thorough investigation in which we leave no stone unturned, we stand ready to proceed to trial if the state isn’t offering our client an acceptable plea offer to mitigate the consequences of a child molestation charge.

Contact the Jefferson and St. Louis County, MO Sex Crimes Lawyers

If you are being investigated or have been charged with any sex-related offense, it is vital that you seek aggressive and experienced representation from the outset. The lawyers at Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C. stand ready to defend your freedom. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation.

If you are being investigated or have been charged with any sex-related offense, it is vital that you seek aggressive and skilled representation from the outset. The lawyers at Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C. stand ready to defend your freedom. Call 314.645.4400 today to schedule a free consultation.

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