Juvenile Sex Crimes
People often make the mistake of operating under the belief that a criminal offense, when committed by a juvenile, does not leave a permanent mark on the offender’s life. This belief is based on the manner in which juveniles were once treated in the U.S. criminal justice system. Historically, records pertaining to juvenile crimes were sealed and often expunged (erased) when the juvenile reached the age of majority. While this remains true for some juvenile crimes, a juvenile accused and/or convicted of a sex crime often faces the same treatment, and penalties, as an adult. Specifically, juveniles who are convicted of certain sex crimes may be required to register as a sex offender in both Kansas and Missouri.
If your child has been accused of a sex offense in Kansas or Missouri it is crucial that you retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately as your child’s future may be at stake.