In Utah, being convicted of a sex offense will have serious consequences, including jail time, fines, probation, and having to register as a sex offender. Further, your reputation and personal relationships can be irreparably harmed. As a registered sex offender, you may find it extremely difficult to get hired for jobs, or even find a place to live. You will also be subject to strict requirements, and if you fail to comply, you can be charged with additional crimes.
If you or one of your family members was arrested for a sex crime in Salt Lake City or elsewhere in Utah, it is critically important that you are represented by an experienced and aggressive sex crimes attorney. To set up a free and completely confidential legal consultation, call the law offices of Overson & Sheen right away at (801) 895-3143.
What to Do if You Were Charged with a Sex Offense in Salt Lake City
After you or a loved one has been arrested for a sex crime, it is imperative that you contact a highly experienced criminal lawyer as soon as possible. During this stressful and difficult time, you need dedicated legal support from a compassionate attorney who will vigorously protect your rights while guiding you through Utah’s criminal justice system. Defense attorney Darwin Overson has over 16 years of experience working on complex and challenging criminal cases, and has represented thousands of defendants who were faced with misdemeanor and felony charges in Utah.
Our respected law firm will immediately get to work building a comprehensive defense strategy, challenging evidence and testimony in an effort to have the charges against you reduced or dropped, all the while preparing your case for trial. These cases are always complicated, and resolution often requires that the case be tried to a jury. Darwin has successfully defended clients and gained favorable verdicts in many trials relates to charges of a sexual nature.
We regularly represents defendants who have been charged with various sex crimes under the Utah Code, including but not limited to:
- Aggravated Sexual Assault – Utah Code § 76-5-405
- Exploiting Prostitution – Utah Code § 76-10-1305
- Forcible Sexual Abuse – Utah Code § 76-5-404
- Lewdness – Utah Code § 76-9-702
- Object Rape – Utah Code § 76-5-402.2
- Patronizing a Prostitute – Utah Code § 76-10-1303
- Possession of Child Pornography (Sexual Exploitation of a Minor) – Utah Code § 76-5b-201
- Prostitution – Utah Code § 76-10-1302
- Rape – Utah Code § 76-5-402
- Rape of a Child – Utah Code § 76-5-402.1
- Sexual Abuse of a Child – Utah Code § 76-5-404.1
- Sexual Abuse of a Minor – Utah Code § 76-5-401.1
- Sodomy – Utah Code § 76-5-403
- Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor – Utah Code § 76-5-401
What Are the Penalties if I Am Convicted of a Felony or Misdemeanor in Utah?
Prosecutors are extremely aggressive when it comes to sex crimes, particularly in cases where the victim was a minor or child at the time of the alleged offense. If you are convicted, you will face devastating consequences – not only those which are ordered by the court, but also the collateral consequences of becoming a registered sex offender. While a jail or prison sentence may eventually end, the repercussions of sex offender status can affect you, your career, and your family for the rest of your life.
The penalties you face if convicted depend heavily upon the nature and severity of the crime, and in turn, the way the crime is categorized. In Utah, crimes are divided into six groups: three types of misdemeanors (Class C, Class B, Class A) and three types of felonies (third degree, second degree, first degree). Utah criminal penalties for these offenses may include:
- Misdemeanor Sex Offenses
- Class C – Up to 3 months in jail and $750 fine
- Class B – Up to 6 months in jail and $1,000 fine
- Class A – Up to 1 year in jail and $2,500 fine
- Felony Sex Offenses
- Third Degree – Up to 5 years in prison and $5,000 fine
- Second Degree – Up to 15 years in prison and $10,000 fine
- First Degree – Up to life in prison and $10,000 fine
Get Legal Help from an Experienced Utah Criminal Defense Attorney
Defending yourself against charges of a sexual nature can be very complicated due to the emotional testimony and physical evidence involved. Don’t go it alone. The law offices of Overson & Sheen can step in to protect your rights, your freedom, and your reputation.
If you have been criminally charged, or think that you may be under investigation for any of these offenses, call our law offices right away at (801) 895-3143. Free initial consultations are available, and in cases of emergency, our criminal attorneys are available to make holding center or jail visits. We serve Salt Lake County, Tooele County, Davis County, Morgan County, Summit County, Wasatch County, Weber County, and communities throughout the state of Utah.