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Missouri Sex Offender Laws - Carver, Cantin & Mynarich
Understand Missouri Sex Offender Laws. Missouri sex offender laws are designed to have a permanent effect on your life if convicted. Sex offender designation carries a significant legal burden and social stigma that will undoubtedly have a negative impact on your life. The stakes are high. This page was created to give you a detailed look at all the details of Missouri sex offender laws including a list of registration offenses, penalties for failing to register, registration requirements, timelines, and information on removal from the offender registry.
Missouri Laws 566.200 – Definitions
In general, the age of consent in Missouri for sexual intercourse is 17 years old. This is the age at which a person can consent to have sex with another person who is also that age or older. This age of consent applies to both heterosexual and homosexual conduct. Unlike other states, Missouri allows for mistake of age to be used as an affirmative defense against statutory rape. In Missouri, a defendant can claim to be not guilty because they reasonably believed that the victim was at least 17 years old.
There are a number of factors that determine if a person legally consents, from their age to whether they're incapacitated. Learn about consent in your state. Do you suspect that a child or elderly person is being sexually abused? Even if the crime took place years ago, there may still be time to prosecute.