St. Louis Sex Crime Attorney
Protecting Your Rights, Fighting for Your Future
If you have been arrested and charged with a sex crime, regardless of the
specific charge or nature of the allegation, you could be facing harsh
consequences, including mandatory prison sentencing and lifetime registration
as a sex offender. With so much at stake, you should never settle for
representation that lacks the extensive experience, passion, and record
of the success held by our St. Louis criminal defense attorneys.
We Defend People Accused of Sex Offenses – And Win
At The Hammer Law Firm, LLC, we believe that everyone has the right to
quality legal representation, regardless of the offense they are accused of.
You are innocent until proven guilty. As sex crime attorneys who serve clients throughout Missouri, our job
is to relentlessly fight for our clients so they receive justice. Listed
below are some of the results we have been able to achieve for clients
facing sex charges.
Our client was facing a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison on a sex-related
charge. We were able to negotiate a sentence of a 120-day inpatient treatment
program and probation.
Sex Offense Case Declined
After The Hammer Law Firm, LLC intervened, a client's cold-case sex
offense was declined by the prosecutor and the defendant was able to go free.
Case Declined by Prosecutor
Our client was notified by police that he was being investigated for allegedly
committing a sexual act with a younger relative. After defense investigation
and our lawyers' successful negotiations, the prosecutor declined the case.
View more of The Hammer Law Firm's successful case results.
Meet Your Team
At The Hammer Law Firm, LLC, we have a tremendous amount of experience
handling sex crime cases. We know the options that are available to you;
we know how to prepare for trial; and we know how to negotiate these cases
when the time is appropriate.
Attorney Mark Hammer
Before he was a defense attorney, Attorney Mark Hammer spent over 10 years
as a prosecutor. This experience allows him to anticipate the actions
of the "other side," and break down their case before they have
the chance to respond. Since leaving his position as a prosecuting attorney,
Mr. Hammer has devoted his career to criminal defense litigation. He is
a member of many prestigious legal organizations such as the American
Bar Association and "Master of the Bench" with the Theodore
McMillian American Inn of Court. His driving passion is defending the accused.
Attorney Nicole Chiravollatti
Like Mr. Hammer, Attorney Nicole Chiravollatti was also a prosecutor prior
to becoming a criminal defense lawyer. She has experience with dozens
of different felony and misdemeanor charges, including various sex offense
charges such as sexual assault, internet sex crimes, indecent exposure
and more. Ms. Chiravollatti has dedicated her entire career to criminal
defense litigation because she is passionate about justice. She, like
Mr. Hammer, believes that everyone is entitled to defense when accused
of a crime and that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.
Sex Crime Information Center
If you want to learn more about sex crimes and the steps that our attorneys
can take to challenge informal allegations and formal charges, feel free
to review this portion of our website. You can click on any subject discussed
below to be directed to a page dedicated to that specific offense or topic:
Defined as engaging in sexual contact with a child under the age of 17,
child molestation is one of the most serious sex crime charges a person
can be accused of committing. This is always the case when a child is
the alleged victim; you will need an aggressive defense lawyer to challenge
Creating, possessing, selling or distributing videos, photographs or other
material depicting minors in sexual situations may constitute the offense
of child pornography. This may be charged at a state or federal level,
with harsh penalties upon a conviction.
Generally considered a lesser sex crime, indecent exposure involves intentionally
exposing one's genitals or breasts in public. Indecent exposure is
generally charged as a misdemeanor and may be punishable by up to six
months in jail.
Internet Sex Crimes
When a sex crime involves the internet, there is a high probability that
federal agencies may be involved. Such crimes may include child pornography,
distribution of obscene matter and solicitation of a minor.
Rape may be defined as engaging in nonconsensual sexual intercourse with
another person. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the alleged
act and the age of the accused versus the age of the alleged victim, rape
may be charged as a felony punishable by up to 7-15 years or life in prison.
Intentionally subjecting another person to sexual contact without that
person's consent or against their will may be considered the crime
of sexual abuse. This may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony under
Missouri law, with serious penalties if a defendant is convicted.
Charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the manner in which this
offense is allegedly committed, sexual misconduct occurs when a person
exposes one's genitals or engages in sexual acts in public.
Statutory sodomy may be described as engaging in "deviate sexual
intercourse" with a person who is aged 17 or younger. If the alleged
victim is less than 14 years old, an adult accused of this offense may
face 5 years to life in prison, depending on the circumstances.
In Missouri, it is illegal for an adult to engage in sexual intercourse
with a minor, even if the minor agrees to or initiates such an act. Minors
are considered unable to give legal consent to sexual intercourse. Depending
on the age of the offender and victim, statutory rape may be punishable
by 5 years to life in prison.
Sex Offender Registry
One of the most serious consequences of a sex crime conviction is mandatory
registration as a sex offender – for life. This may be required
if a person is convicted of such offenses as child molestation, statutory
rape, promoting child pornography or sexual contact with a student.
Our St. Louis Sex Crime Lawyers Fight for Your Future
At The Hammer Law Firm, LLC,
we are attorneys who will:
- Never judge you
- Never leave you uninformed
- Never deliver anything less than the full weight of our experience and resources
Our legal team is here to protect your rights and defend your future. If
you would like more information about your case and the ways in which
our firm can be of assistance, do not delay in scheduling a
free case evaluation. Bring proven legal warriors to the fight.
Contact The Hammer Law Firm, LLC.