St. Louis Statutory Sodomy Lawyer
Understanding the Statutory Sodomy Laws in Missouri
Missouri is one of the only states in the U.S. that recognizes statutory sodomy as a criminal offense.
According to the Missouri Revised Statutes §566.062, one could be charged with
statutory sodomy in the first degree if they have "deviate sexual intercourse with another person who is less than 14 years old" - which, more specifically, means anal or oral intercourse. Since this crime is a statutory offense, it would not matter if the minor had agreed to participate in the sexual act. Under the law, an individual under the age of 14 is not old enough to give legal consent.
The same would apply to the crime of statutory sodomy in the second degree as
§566.064 describes this offense as an adult, age 21 or older, having deviate sexual intercourse with another person who is 17 or younger.
What are the penalties of a statutory sodomy conviction?
Statutory sodomy is classified as a felony offense in Missouri, which means that it is punishable by a lengthy term in state prison.
A conviction for statutory sodomy in the first degree could result in:
- A minimum sentence of five years in prison.
- If, however, the offender inflicted physical injury, displayed a deadly weapon, or subjected the victim to deviate sexual intercourse with more than one person, they could be sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in prison.
- Maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
Statutory sodomy in the second degree is a class C felony offense in the state of Missouri.
Contacting The Hammer Law Firm, LLC
Because of the potential for severe penalties, we encourage you get in touch with a St. Louis criminal defense attorney at The Hammer Law Firm, LLC if you have been charged with first or second degree statutory sodomy. We can contribute more than 30 years of legal experience to your defense. Contact our firm today.