Criminal Defense Lawyers in Layton, Utah

Sex Crimes


Defending Your Innocence in a Sex Crime Case

As criminal defense lawyers it is our job to defend you and your case. If you are have been charged with sex crime in Utah, or you are currently under investigation for a sex crime, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Layton, Utah today. It is crucial you do not wait. You are innocent until proven guilty. We will treat you and your case accordingly. The police reports do not always tell the whole story. You are innocent until they prove otherwise.

You might not have broken any laws or committed any crimes– even if you have been charged or accused of doing so. In some cases there is not sufficient evidence to convict you of a crime. It is our job to make them prove their case. Our Layton criminal defense lawyers understand what it takes to defend your innocence.


Defending Sex Crime Cases in Utah

Sex crimes in Utah vary and include many different offenses. The charges can range from misdemeanors to felonies. The punishments can range from minimal sentences or fines to harsh punishments, including prison time. A sex crime conviction can have harsh affects on an individuals life even years after completing sentence.

A sex crime conviction could require for an offender to register on the Sex Offender Registry. Being on this registry can affect your personal life, employment, and other opportunities throughout your life. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney to help fight your sex crime case is vital. If you or someone you love has been arrested for a sex crime, you need aggressive legal representation and a legal team you can trust.

As criminal defense attorneys, we will find the best defenses we can to give you the best outcome possible. There are a lot of circumstances that go into a sex crime investigation and an arrest. False accusations or even exaggerations can lead to innocent people being arrested for a sex crime. Even without a conviction, simply being accused of this type of crime can have a negative impact on your personal life. You need a strong criminal defense team on your side in order to avoid the consequences of a sex crimes conviction.


Sex Crimes- Understanding the Utah Laws

You can learn more about Utah child abuse laws by visiting the Utah.gov website.

Sex crimes is a broad category and includes a variety of different crimes. The following is a list of some of the crimes in Utah that would fall under a sex crime, but not limited to:

  • Aggravated Sexual Assault
  • Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child
  • Unlawful sexual activity with a minor
  • Sexual abuse of a minor
  • Rape
  • Rape of a child
  • Sodomy (Forcible sodomy)
  • Unlawful sexual conduct with a 16- or 17-year-old
  • Forcible sexual abuse
  • Sexual abuse of a child
  • Aggravated sexual abuse of a child
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual battery
  • Child pornography
  • Child molestation
  • Prostitution
  • Lewdness
  • Sexual solicitation

Sexual offenses against the victim without consent of victim

Utah Code § 76-5-406

An act of sexual intercourse, rape, attempted rape, rape of a child, attempted rape of a child, object rape, attempted object rape, object rape of a child, attempted object rape of a child, sodomy, attempted sodomy, forcible sodomy, attempted forcible sodomy, sodomy on a child, attempted sodomy on a child, forcible sexual abuse, attempted forcible sexual abuse, sexual abuse of a child, attempted sexual abuse of a child, aggravated sexual abuse of a child, attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child, or simple sexual abuse is without consent of the victim under any of the following circumstances:

  • The victim expresses lack of consent through words or conduct
  • The actor overcomes the victim through the actual application of physical force or violence
  • The actor is able to overcome the victim through concealment or by the element of surprise
  • The actor coerces the victim to submit by threatening to retaliate in the immediate future against the victim or any other person, and the victim perceives at the time that the actor has the ability to execute this threat
  • The actor coerces the victim to submit by threatening to retaliate in the future against the victim or any other person, and the victim believes at the time that the actor has the ability to execute this threat
  • The actor knows the victim is unconscious, unaware that the act is occurring, or physically unable to resist
  • The actor knows that as a result of mental disease or defect, or for any other reason the victim is at the time of the act incapable either of appraising the nature of the act or of resisting it
  • The actor knows that the victim submits or participates because the victim erroneously believes that the actor is the victim’s spouse
  • The actor intentionally impaired the power of the victim to appraise or control his or her conduct by administering any substance without the victim’s knowledge
  • The victim is younger than 14 years of age
  • The victim is younger than 18 years of age and at the time of the offense the actor was the victim’s parent, stepparent, adoptive parent, or legal guardian or occupied a position of special trust in relation to the victim
  • The victim is 14 years of age or older, but younger than 18 years of age, and the actor is more than three years older than the victim and entices or coerces the victim to submit or participate, under circumstances not amounting to the force or threat
  • The actor is a health professional or religious counselor, the act is committed under the guise of providing professional diagnosis, counseling, or treatment, and at the time of the act the victim reasonably believed that the act was for medically or professionally appropriate diagnosis, counseling, or treatment to the extent that resistance by the victim could not reasonably be expected to have been manifested
    • Health professional” means an individual who is licensed or who holds himself or herself out to be licensed, or who otherwise provides professional physical or mental health services, diagnosis, treatment, or counseling including, but not limited to, a physician, osteopathic physician, nurse, dentist, physical therapist, chiropractor, mental health therapist, social service worker, clinical social worker, certified social worker, marriage and family therapist, professional counselor, psychiatrist, psychologist, psychiatric mental health nurse specialist, or substance abuse counselor
    • Religious counselor” means a minister, priest, rabbi, bishop, or other recognized member of the clergy

You can learn more about sex crimes in Utah by visiting utah.gov


Sex Crimes- Consequences of a Guilty Verdict

The consequences of a sex crime conviction are very serious and harshly prosecuted in the state of Utah. A sex crime conviction can range from a first degree felony for crimes such as rape with a penalty of up to life in prison to a class B misdemeanor with a penalty of up to 6 months in jail and a $1000 fine. Penalties are worse if you have been convicted of a prior sexual offense.

The consequences of a sex crime conviction go beyond only the legal consequences. You will be required to register on the Sex Offender Registry. Being a registered sex offender will limit your opportunities when it comes to employment or other applications in which a background check is required. There is also a stigma that will affect you as an individual for life as well as many other restrictions and limitations. Due to the severity and nature of the penalties for a convicted sex offender in the state of Utah, it is essential for you to contact a Utah criminal defense attorney.

Penalties for a sex crime convictions in Utah

Rape

  • First degree felony
  • Minimum of 5 years to life
  • Minimum of 15 years to life if serious bodily injury to the victim
  • Life without parole if previously convicted of a grievous sexual offense

Rape of a Child

  • 25 years to life in prison
  • Life without parole if serious bodily injury occurs to the child or the defendant has a prior grievous sexual offense conviction

Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor

  • Third degree felony
    • Up to five years in prison and up to $5000 fine
  • Class B misdemeanor
    • If it is determined the defendant was less than four years older than minor at time of sexual activity

Forcible Sexual Abuse

  • Second degree felony
  • 1-15 years in prison
  • 15 years to life if serious bodily injury occurs

Aggravated Sexual Assault

  • First degree felony
  • Rape, Object rape, Forcible Sodomy, or Forcible Sexual Abuse
    • Minimum of 15 years to life in prison
    • Life without parole
  • Attempted Rape, Attempted Object rape, or Attempted Forcible Sodomy
    • Minimum of 10 years to life in prison
    • Life without parole if previously convicted of a grievous sexual offense
  • Attempted Forcible Sexual Abuse
    • Minimum of 6 years to life
    • Life without parole if previously convicted of a grievous sexual offense

Learn more about Utah’s Sex Offender & Kidnap Offender Registry


Criminal Defense Lawyer in Layton, Utah

If you are facing a sex crime conviction, the consequences could include serious prison time, thousands of dollars in fine, and a requirement to register as a sex offender. Contact our Layton criminal defense lawyers and get the help and legal defense you need. As your criminal defense lawyers, we will provide you with an aggressive defense to help protect your freedom, overcome your charges, and keep you out of jail. Our criminal defense team is based in Layton, Utah and represents clients throughout the state of Utah.

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