Sexual Assault Is a Serious Offense in Utah
Being accused of a sex crime, while steadily becoming more prevalent, still brings with it a stigma that is difficult, if not impossible, to ever get rid of.
When people think of a sex crime, they automatically think of the most heinous one: rape. But many other crimes fall under the category of sex crimes. Rape is defined as penetration without consent, is a felony and carries a prison term of a minimum of five years. But you can also be charged with a sex crime for touching a person’s genitals, anus, buttocks or breasts without their consent. This is a second-degree felony, punishable by a prison term of between 1 and 15 years, unless the victim suffered serious bodily injury, in which case the sentence is 15 years to life. There’s a big difference between touching someone’s buttocks and raping them, but both these offenses fall under the heading of sexual assault.
Harsh Registry Laws
Being convicted of a sex crime in Utah will definitely change your life forever. Not only will you do jail time and have a felony on your record, but you will have to register as a sex offender when you get out. Utah has some of the strictest sex offender laws in the country, especially if it involves a minor. Even if you have not been convicted of a sex crime against a minor, you still may be barred from ever entering any public park or shopping mall in the event that you may possibly encounter a minor there. This severely restricts your freedom and creates hardships for obtaining basic items for daily living. Being a registered sex offender not only seriously limits your prospects of ever getting and holding a job, but isolates you from society in general for the rest of your life.
If you have been charged with a sex crime, you are going to need an experienced attorney on your side. The court system always wants to err on the side of caution in these types of cases, and your side of the story may not be given much weight. You need to make sure all the facts of the case are investigated and that your attorney uses all the tools at his or her disposal to get you the best possible result.
If you have done something that you think may result in a sexual assault charge, you should contact a qualified attorney right away. Important work can be done prior to charges being filed, and sometimes your attorney can even prevent charges from ever being filed, protecting your name and reputation. Call the Law Offices of Robert B. Breeze today for your free consultation.