Forming a compelling defense for those charged with sexual abuse
Few crimes carry the same social stigma as those involving sexual abuse. Conviction of a sexual abuse crime in Utah can mean long-term imprisonment and a lifetime of being required to register as a sex offender. Even mere allegations can have a devastating impact on your reputation and personal and professional life. If you have been accused of sexual abuse — even if you have not yet been charged — you need to contact a Utah sex abuse lawyer immediately. Our team at Intermountain Legal can help protect your rights during investigation and begin building your case against the serious charges that normally follow.
Utah sex abuse laws
While not as serious as rape, sexual abuse of a child is a second-degree felony under the Utah Criminal Code. Victims of this crime must generally be under the age of 14. Conduct that constitutes sexual abuse can include touching of the private areas of a child as well as any other indecent liberties if done with an intent to cause substantial emotional or bodily pain or to arouse or gratify sexual desire. Sexual abuse is a qualifying offense for which a convicted person may be required to comply with the provisions of Utah’s Sex and Kidnap Offender Registry.
The Utah Criminal Code also identifies numerous factors that can elevate a offense to aggravated sexual abuse of a child: