In Missouri, Section 556.061 classifies certain criminal offenses as “dangerous felonies.” Offenses deemed as “dangerous felonies” carry with it a requirement that defendants must serve a minimum of 85% of his or her sentence before becoming eligible for parole or any other conditional release.
The list of dangerous felonies includes sex offenses, such as forcible rape, forcible sodomy, attempted forcible rape with physical injury, attempted forcible sodomy with physical injury, statutory rape when the victim was less than 12, and statutory sodomy when the victim was less than 12. Other dangerous felonies include robbery in the first degree, murder in the second degree, kidnapping, child kidnapping, parental kidnapping by detainment/concealment of child’s whereabouts of greater than 119 days, arson in the first degree, assault in the first degree, assault of law enforcement officer in the first degree, domestic assault in the first degree, elder abuse in the first degree, and abuse of a child if the offense results in the death of the child.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a dangerous felony under Missouri law, it is vital you seek out an experienced and knowledgeable St. Louis criminal defense lawyer. Because of the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence, it is important that your rights are protected from the outset. Call the criminal defense lawyers at Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation.