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A sex crime conviction has a lasting harmful effect to a personal and professional reputation, which is hard to rectify. If you have been arrested or convicted of a sex-related crime, you need an experienced defense attorney to represent you in court and fight on your behalf.
Known for its strict and harsh laws against sex-related crimes, Utah law can range from imprisonment to mandatory registration on the sex offender registry list if you’ve been convicted of a sex crime.
So what’s considered a sex crime? Under Utah law there is no such criminal charge titled “Sex Offense,” but there are several offenses that are considered a sex crime, or sex-related offense, which involve illegal, improper, or inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature. Such crimes typically involve a lack of consent by the victim, however, it can be a crime to have contact of a sexual nature even with a consenting individual. Below is a list of offenses that are considered a sex crime:
If you or someone you know has been arrested on any type of sex crime, it is critically important to seek an experienced sex crimes defense attorney as soon as possible. A conviction for sex crimes can have severe consequences, so don’t wait to contact our sex crime lawyers today.
Sex offenses are some of the most aggressively prosecuted crimes and have some of the most severe punishments. A sex crime defense strategy differs from other criminal defenses, which is why you need an experienced sex crimes attorney.
Typically, the victims of sexual-related offenses are women and children. This makes the case difficult, as jurors may be swayed to convict an individual based solely on the nature of the case and sympathy for the victim, rather than on the evidence or lack thereof. Often, sex offenses go unreported for a long period of time after the alleged offense, sometimes years. This makes it challenging for the defendant to gather and secure evidence to defend him or herself.
Also, in many cases, there is little to no physical evidence of the alleged crime, making the credibility of the witness critical. Lastly, it takes special skills when cross-examining sex offense victims in court to effectively discover any inconsistencies and flaws in the victim’s testimony without seeming too aggressive. The challenges of sex crime defenses are only successfully met with an experienced sex crimes lawyer.
A sexual offense conviction can result in severe direct punishment in the forms of high fines, jail, and time in prison, as well as long-lasting collateral consequences. Get a full understanding of Utah’s laws surrounding convictions for sex-related crime convictions and how it can affect your personal and professional life.
If you want the best possible outcome, you need an experienced and aggressive defense attorney to represent you in court against a sex crime conviction. Call the attorneys at Schatz, Anderson, & Associates immediately to schedule your free consultation! They’ll gather information about you and your case, answer your questions, and discuss your options as to how to handle your case. Although we cannot guarantee a particular result or outcome in any given case, we can guarantee that we will do everything we can to keep the conviction off your record!
Note: We only handle Utah cases. If you have a case or charge in another state, please contact an attorney who is licensed to practice law in that state.