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Sexual Criminal Offenses

Criminal Law
Sexual Criminal Offenses

Jefferson City Sex Crimes Lawyer

Facing allegations of a sexual criminal offenses or sex crimes can be an overwhelming and distressing experience. Missouri laws treat sex crimes seriously which is reflected in the consequences and punishments the law permits the courts to impose. The mere allegation that a person has committed a sex crime can individuals personally and professionally. It’s essential to have the right legal advocate who will vigorously defend your rights. Your choice of legal counsel for a sex crimes case is one of the most critical decisions you will make during this challenging time.

Why choose Us:

When facing allegations of a sex crime, you need more than just legal representation. You need an experienced criminal lawyer who understands the complexities of the law and the impact a sexual criminal conviction will have on your life.

Scott Hamblin is an experienced criminal defense lawyer with more than two decades of experience handling criminal cases in both federal and state courts throughout Missouri. Scott Hamblin is a former prosecuting attorney who now utilizes that education and experience to the advantage of his clients.

Our office consists of a team includes lawyers and support staff. You will not be alone through this process. Our team approach allows us to utilize your financial resources more efficiently and effectively.

Missouri Sex Crimes

Missouri criminalizes many types of sexual acts. We have experience representing individuals for all the following types of sexual criminal offenses:

  • Child Molestation
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Conduct With A Nursing Facility Resident
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Sex with an Animal
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Sodomy
  • Statutory Rape
  • Statutory Sodomy

Every sex crime is unique. There are specific facts which make one case different than other sex crime cases. Hiring the right criminal lawyer is important in a sex crimes case. Scott Hamblin regularly handling sex crimes cases. He has  experience in investigating cases. He understands courtroom procedure, the local court rules, rules of criminal procedure and rules of evidence, all of which are important. Scott Hamblin has established  a professional relationship with the court, judges and the prosecutor’s office. His credibility and experience are a valuable resource and is important in representing his clients.

Facing Tough Prosecution

Sex crimes cases are particularly difficult. Persons accused of felony sexual criminal offenses and sex crimes are sometimes viewed differently simply because of the nature of the alleged criminal charge. A victim and the victim’s family may also communicate with the prosecutor’s office. Many victims and their  families want justice in the form of imprisonment.

Prosecutors are sensitive to what victims have experienced. A victim of a sex crime may have suffered physical injuries. A victim may have suffered emotional distress. Sometimes all aspects of a victim’s life may have been affected. Some victims may have obtained professional services in the form of counseling and therapy.

A victim and the victim’s family may have a strong influence on a prosecutor which can affect the outcome of the case. You need a strong advocate to represent you. It’s important to hire an experienced criminal lawyer who has credibility with the prosecutor’s office earned by years of experience to advocate for you.

Appearing before judges and juries is especially difficult in sex crimes cases where traditionally the criminal justice system has had little compassion and sympathy for persons who have pled guilty or been convicted of sexual offenses. Persons convicted of sexual offenses forever undergo life-altering perceptions both personally and professionally as the person is known as a child molester, pedophile or sexual predator.

About Us

Scott Hamblin has been practicing law for more than two decades in both federal and state courts throughout Missouri. Scott has negotiated many plea offers for his clients, sometimes resulting in the dismissal of charges. He has tried numerous trials, including jury trials. Scott is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has been recognized as one of the best criminal defense lawyers by U.S. News and World Report. We have the trial experience necessary to vigorously advocate for you in court. We also have the experience to negotiate in an effort to obtain the best possible outcome.  


Many people are not familiar with the criminal justice system. Any person dealing with any situation for the first time often has questions. It’s in general human nature to want to have a better understanding of the situation. Our clients have the benefit of our years of education, experience and training to assist them throughout their case which is critical in sex crimes cases.

What is a mandatory reporter?

Mandatory reporters are required to report suspected sexual abuse and include schools and health care providers such as doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists. Children’s Division (formerly known as Division of Family Services or DFS) will immediately investigate reported sexual abuse to determine whether the child or children must be removed from the home. A parent is often forced to choose between his or her child or children and the other parent as Children’s Division will place the child or children in kinship or foster care unless the accused parent moves out of the house. Children’s Division may not even allow a parent accused of a sexual criminal offense to see the children.

Should I speak with the police or investigator without a criminal lawyer?

Deciding whether to speak to a police officer or investigator is an important decision and should be carefully considered. Any statement made to an officer or investigator may later be used in a criminal prosecution or trial. Unintended statements have consequences and can been used by prosecutors to obtain convictions.

Can I post bail or be released from jail?

Sometimes a court will order a defendant to pay a certain amount of money to be released from jail to help ensure the person will appear for future court dates.  This is often known as bond. Bond can often be posted by paying money or by using the services of a bail bonding company. A bail bonding company usually charges a percentage of the face amount of the bond. This allows a person to be released from jail by paying less money. Occasionally, a judge may also release a person from jail on recognizance, which is where a person is released from jail without paying money.

What is a plea bargain?

A plea bargain , also known as a plea deal or a plea agreement, is an agreement between the defendant and the prosecutor. A plea bargain is an agreement to obtain a certain outcome in a case. Judges rarely refuse to accept a plea agreement negotiated between a defendant’s lawyer and the prosecutor. The advantage of a plea bargain is it helps provide assurance as to the outcome, i.e., what a person will receive as a sentence. Many times, a defendant’s lawyer can negotiate a plea offer that is less severe, including have the criminal charges dropped or dismissed.

What are the penalties if I am convicted?

Sex crimes are taken very seriously by the courts and judges. The penalties range from fines, probation to imprisonment depending on the nature and severity of the offense. Some cases carry mandatory minimum penalties which means that a person may have to serve a certain number of years in prison before eligible for release.

Will I have to Register as a Sex Offender?

Persons convicted of felony sexual offenses or felony sex crimes are required to register as sexual offenders. The sexual offender registry is a public record and discloses the person’s residence. Persons convicted of sex crimes also can lose other valuable rights. Once convicted, a person is prohibited from living within a certain geographic distance from schools and daycares. Missouri also requires registered sexual offenders to follow certain laws during Halloween such as turning off porch lights and remaining inside the house.


It’s crucial for individuals facing sex crimes charges to seek legal counsel from an experienced attorney who can provide personalized guidance to address specific concerns. Attorney Scott Hamblin provides clients with aggressive sex crimes and criminal offense-defense. He represents clients throughout the state of Missouri from his office located in Jefferson City. Scott’s experience handling criminal matters allows him to guide his clients through the criminal justice system and work to reach a resolution that suits their best interests. If you have more specific questions or need more information, please feel free to ask. Contact Scott today at 573-821-4013 to schedule a consultation and discuss your sex-crimes issues.

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Scott will keep you up to date on all important developments in your case. When you need to get in touch with him, he will be there to answer your call or return it promptly.

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