Rape & Statutory Rape
An Aggressive Defense for a Complex Criminal Charge
The term “rape” covers a range of criminal offenses relating to sexual conduct. The formal term for a rape charge is usually sexual assault—with the seriousness of the offense indicated by the degree of the offense charged. For example, first-degree sexual assault.
Why Are Sexual Assault Charges Different from Other Serious Felony Cases?
Sex offenses are some of the most aggressively prosecuted crimes. Likewise, sex offenses are some of the most severely punished crimes.
Rape cases are often made more complex by the fact that they often are not reported for a lengthy period of time after the alleged offense. This time delay can make it difficult for the defendant to gather and secure evidence to defend himself or herself.
In other cases, scientific evidence such as rape examinations or DNA evidence may be brought forward against the defendant. In cases that hinge on scientific evidence, it is important to have a defense attorney who is comfortable with the scientific issues in the case.
Defending Against Sexual Assault Charges
Schatz, Anderson & Associates, LLC, is a well-established criminal defense law firm with a reputation for successfully taking on complex and sensitive cases on behalf of clients throughout Utah. Our attorneys offer our criminal defense services across the state, including in and around communities like Salt Lake City, Provo, Ogden, and St. George.
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