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Salt Lake City Crimes Against Children Attorney

Salt Lake City Crimes Against Children Lawyer

Defense Lawyer in Utah for Clients Charged With Enticement or Exploitation of a Minor

When you are facing criminal charges of any kind, it is important to work with a lawyer who is dedicated to helping build a responsible defense. A criminal conviction is likely to bring serious penalties, including lengthy prison sentences, expensive fines, and permanent damage to your reputation. The stakes are even higher, however, when you are charged with a crime against a child.

If you have been charged with committing a crime in which a child was allegedly harmed or placed at risk, you need the best possible representation from a law firm that understands how to handle the most sensitive cases. You need Collins Rupp, P.C.

Compassionate Defense Counsel for Sex-Related Crimes Involving Children

There is no such thing as a minor charge related to putting a child in danger, especially if the danger is associated with sexual activity or abuse. Almost all sex crimes in the state of Utah are prosecuted as felonies, and those involving children are taken especially seriously by courts and prosecutors.

At the law firm of Collins Rupp, P.C., we understand what is at stake when you are facing such charges, and we know how important it is to build a strong defense. Our attorneys are fully prepared to help you defend against any charge related to a crime against a child, including but not limited to rape, forcible sodomy, aggravated sexual assault, and statutory rape, as well as:

  • Enticement of a minor: This offense occurs when a person uses electronic or written communication of any type to solicit, seduce, or lure a minor under the age of 18 with the intent of meeting the minor to engage in any sexual activity prohibited by law.
  • Child pornography: The production, creation, or distribution of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor is a serious criminal offense in the state of Utah.
  • Sexual exploitation of a minor: A person commits the offense of sexual exploitation of a minor by knowingly possessing or viewing child pornography.

The severity of the charges and penalties associated with a conviction will depend on many factors, including the age of the child, the nature of the alleged offense, and the defendant's criminal history. It is important to recognize, however, that most charges related to crimes against children are handled as felonies, and the penalties generally include long prison sentences.

Child Endangerment Allegations

Under Utah law, a person can face felony charges for the "endangerment of a child" related to exposing a child to illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. Charges are possible for allowing a child to access or ingest a controlled substance, as well as using illegal drugs in the presence of a child. Child endangerment in this context starts as a third-degree felony, and the charges can be elevated if the child in question is injured or dies as a result of contact with or exposure to drugs.

Protecting Your Rights

An allegation of a crime against a child can be enough to turn your life completely upside down, even if you are completely innocent of the crime. Unfortunately, biases exist that make it very difficult for defendants in such cases to receive fair treatment. Such defendants are often presumed to be guilty long before any evidence is even presented in court.

At Collins Rupp, P.C., we firmly believe that every defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. With this in mind, you can rely on us to treat you with dignity and respect and to demand the same from prosecutors and judges. No matter how serious the allegations against you may be, we will work hard to help you obtain the best possible outcome for your case.

Call 385-777-2753 Today

If you have been accused of a crime against a child, contact our office immediately. Call 385-777-2753 for a free consultation with a compassionate criminal defense attorney at Collins Rupp, P.C. today. We pledge to protect your rights and best interests throughout every stage of your proceedings.

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