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WHAT CONSTITUTES A LEWD ACT?

Posted: May 09, 2017

Lewd conduct is any unlawful act committed by a person with the purpose of sexually arousing himself or herself, or even the individual towards which this action is directed. In Missouri, lewd conduct crimes involve sexual misconduct (commonly known as indecent exposure), which means exposing genitalia to others in public.

Sexual misconduct in Missouri is a criminal offense that is divided into three types with varying degrees of severity and associated penalties: sexual misconduct in the first degree, sexual misconduct in the second degree, and sexual misconduct involving a child.

First-degree sexual misconduct is defined as exposing one’s genitalia knowing it will likely alarm another person, having sexual contact in the presence of others and causing intentional alarm, or sexual intercourse in a public place in the presence of other people. It is considered a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum jail sentence of six months and a fine of up to $500. However, if a person who committed first-degree sexual misconduct has a prior conviction, then it is a Class A misdemeanor, resulting in a maximum jail sentence of one year and a fine of up to $1,000.


LEGAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MURDER & MANSLAUGHTER

Posted: April 20, 2017

Whether someone is murdered after years of planning or someone dies by accident, the similarity between murder andmanslaughter is that an individual is killed. However, there is a significant difference between these two types of violent crimes.

Murder is defined as using violent means to deprive another human being of life with malicious intent, while manslaughter refers to taking the life of another human being without malice. The most important distinction between homicide and manslaughter is the intention in the mind of the killer. Homicide is the successful attempt to kill someone whereas manslaughter is someone else’s death caused by negligence or recklessness.

There are mainly two types of murder charges: first-degree murder and second-degree murder. First-degree murder refers to any homicide that was premeditated, while second-degree murder refers to death which occurs when the original intent was to inflict bodily harm on the victim. In Missouri, murder in the first degree is a Class A felony, which is punishable by death or life in prison without eligibility for parole or probation. Murder in the second degree is a Class A felony as well, but punishable by a prison sentence between 10 and 30 years or life in prison.


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