St. Louis Rape Lawyer
Get Tough Defense from a St. Louis Sex Crime Attorney
Crimes of rape and incest are tried to the highest extent of the law. In
Missouri, a person found guilty of rape is considered a "persistent
sexual offender" and is subject to life in prison. Rape is considered
to be any forceful sexual intercourse by one or more persons against another
person without his or her consent. The act can be committed by physical
force or by coercion, manipulation or abuse of authority.
Unwarranted allegations of rape and sexual assault can lead to false or
unfair conviction. The
number of unfounded rape claims has been on a steady rise over the last 10 years, consequently increasing the risk of an innocent person being falsely
§ 566.030 – Rape in the First Degree
According to § 566.030 of the Missouri Revised Statutes,
A person commits the offense of rape in the first degree if he or she has
sexual intercourse with another person who is incapacitated, incapable
of consent, or lacks the capacity to consent, or by the use of forcible
compulsion. Forcible compulsion includes the use of a substance administered
without a victim's knowledge or consent which renders the victim physically
or mentally impaired so as to be incapable of making an informed consent
to sexual intercourse.
The penalty for first degree rape is five years to life imprisonment. Some
more severe rape charges carry mandatory minimum sentences of 15 years
or 30 years in prison.
§ 566.031 – Rape in the Second Degree
According to § 566.031 of the Missouri Revised Statutes,
1. A person commits the offense of rape in the second degree if he or she
has sexual intercourse with another person knowing that he or she does
so without that person's consent. 2. The offense of rape in the second
degree is a class C felony.
Don't face rape allegations without an experienced St. Louis sex crime
attorney. The Hammer Law Firm, LLC is here and ready to hear about your
situation. Fill out one of our
free online case evaluation forms to get in touch with us regarding your defense.
Do you need a Missouri criminal defense lawyer?
If you have been falsely accused of rape, the first thing you should do
is contact a sex crime lawyer who handles these difficult cases in St.
Louis and other Missouri Counties, and therefore knows how local courts
attempt to gain convictions.The Hammer Law Firm, LLC is here to defend
you until the very end of your case. We can also petition for the most
favorable outcome on your behalf in the event that a conviction is made.
Our sex crime defense attorneys believe in defending the rights and interests
of our clients and we aren't willing to back down in a difficult situation.
Call our firm today to discuss your situation with a St. Louis criminal
lawyer who can serve as your legal advocate.