Since 1996, the number of sex offenders incarcerated in the State of Utah has more than doubled. In fact, Utah’s incarceration rate is greater than all of our surrounding states when it comes to the percentage of prison inmates who are sex offenders.
Utah has some of the most punitive laws in the nation in regards to sex crimes (Utah Code 76-5-405).
The stakes are high too, as a conviction can result in mandatory imprisonment and mandatory registration as a sex offender.
Being accused of any type of sex crime is very serious. When the charges involve a child or a minor, the consequences can be even more severe. A conviction for a child sex offense can follow a person for many years if not for life, whether it be a prison sentence or registration on the sex offender registry. Beyond this, for these sexually motivated crimes in Utah, the normal four-year statute of limitations period for a felony does not apply.
Winning these cases requires extensive investigation and preparation for trial. It is important to retain an attorney as early in the case as possible so that your rights are protected.
If you have been charged or are being investigated for a sexually motivated crime, then you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney who has seen these types of cases before. Don’t hesitate if you are facing sexual offense charges of any kind, call us or submit a contact form today!
* For purposes of understanding, not intended as legal advice. Call Outlaw Legal Services Today for a FREE consultation specific to your case.