Being suspected, accused, or charged with a sex crime is a very serious situation. The short and long-term consequences can be devastating for both you and your family. If you or a loved one are facing sex crime charges in Utah, you need the expertise of the attorneys of Schmidt Law Firm to fight for your rights.
Almost any sexual offense or sex crime is serious. A sex crime can be considered as a sexual act that is considered deviant in nature, a forced or non-consensual sexual act, or the exchange of a sexual act for money. Additionally, some sexual activities are still considered crimes even if consent was given. The following may be considered acts of sex crimes:
Aggravated Sexual Assault: This sexual offense is a felony that is typically defined as a sexual assault that wounds, disfigures, or maims the victim. It also involves sexual acts on victims who are mentally or physically incapacitated.
Rape: This is considered unlawful sexual intercourse or any other form of sexual penetration to any area of the body, with or without force. The act could involve the use of a sexual organ, another body part, or a foreign object without the consent of the victim.
Forcible Sexual Abuse: You may be accused of forcible sexual abuse if the victim is age 14 or older and the circumstances do not amount to other types of sex crimes, such as rape or sodomy. Forcible sexual abuse is an act directed against another person, is forcible and against their will, or if the person is incapable of giving consent.
Sexual Abuse of a Minor: This unlawful sexual activity includes the following if you are at least seven years older than the minor:
In addition to fines and imprisonment, if charged with a sex crime you may also be ordered to pay restitution to the victim and provide a DNA sample.
Long-term consequences include the lifetime loss of your rights to have firearms or ammunition and registration on the Sex Offender Registry . Depending on the sex crime committed, you may be required to register on this registry for a period of 10 years following the release of imprisonment or for a lifetime. The Sex Offender Registry is open to the public, putting you at risk for public scrutiny. You will lose the ability to obtain certain professional licenses, not be permitted near school grounds and can bear restrictions on housing as well.
In considering the serious penalties that may be imposed if convicted of a sex crime, it is absolutely essential for a defendant to seek professional legal counsel. You can feel confident that the legal representation received from Schmidt Law Firm will afford you the ability to exercise your rights, providing you will the necessary tools to make an informed decision.
If you want representation by attorneys who strive for success, have the desire to succeed, and a determination to prove your innocence, contact Schmidt Law Firm today for a free consultation at (801) 990-6390, or by filling out our online form .