Halloween has come and gone and – as they always have – many
children enjoyed their night of trick-or-treating. Halloween is a child-centered
holiday and because of this, the state of Missouri enforces a harsh law
that prevents certain convicted sex offenders from partaking in festivities.
According to a five-year-old state law, sex offenders who were convicted
on or after August 28, 2008 are required to comply with the following:
- Must stay home on Halloween night
- Must keep lights of after 5 p.m.
- May not hand out candy
- Must post signs stating that children should not go to their houses
The reason behind this restrictive law was that Halloween would be a "temptation"
to convicted sex offenders. Although this may not always be the case,
the harsh stigma and the stereotypes associated with individuals convicted of
sex crimes often lead to unfair opinions about sex offenders.
Missouri's Halloween sex offender law is severe, as other jurisdictions
and states throughout the country have more lax or even no restrictions
on Halloween night. In any event, the law serves as a reminder that convicted
sex offenders face long-term repercussions, limitations, and restrictions.
For those who stand accused of a sex crime in St. Louis or anywhere in
the state of Missouri, such consequences should make them intent on working
with proven and experienced Missouri sex crime lawyers.
At The Hammer Law Firm, LLC, our St. Louis criminal defense attorneys are
prepared to protect the futures of clients facing serious allegations,
including a wide range of sex crime charges. We have defended many clients
successfully in the past and we have the tools and resources to fight
effectively on behalf of our clients today.
If you would like more information about the charges you face, or if you
would like to discuss your potential defense with a member of our legal team,
contact us for a FREE consultation.