Indecent Liberties / Child Molestation
Child molestation is one of those criminal offenses that tends to guarantee a motivated prosecutor. As such, if you have been charged with child molestation you need an equally motivated criminal defense attorney on your side to ensure that you mount an aggressive defense.
Kansas refers to child molestation as “indecent liberties” and defines it as any “lewd and lascivious physical conduct with a child” as well as any attempt or solicitation to have lewd or lascivious contact with a child. Aggravated indecent liberties applies when sexual intercourse occurs or when lewd physical contact or solicitation is committed against a child under the age of 14. Indecent liberties may be charged as a severity level 3, 4, or 5, person felony depending on things such as the age of the alleged victim and the conduct that actually occurred.
Missouri defines first degree child molestation as when someone “subjects another person who is less than fourteen years of age to sexual contact.” Although generally charged as a class B felony, first degree child molestation can be charged as a class A felony if certain aggravating factors are present such as a particularly young child, the infliction of serious physical injury, or the act being committed as part of a ritual.
An accusation of child molestation is something that often has an immediate and far-reaching negative impact on the life of the accused and his or her immediate family. If you have been accused of child molestation it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Kansas or Missouri criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to get started on your defense.