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Understanding Sex Crimes in Utah

 Posted on November 10, 2022 in Sex crimes

Salt Lake City sex crimes defense lawyer Sex crimes are often perceived as being amongst the most despicable offenses that a person can engage in. They fall into a category where, even if you are acquitted, being associated with such acts can permanently ruin your reputation. Moreover, the potentially graphic and disturbing nature of sex crimes makes it likely that cases involving such acts will likely be highly publicized, putting even more pressure on the state to secure a conviction against you.

Because of public outcry about sex crimes, and the current social movement towards paying more attention sex crimes and prosecuting them more aggressively, the state's aggressiveness to secure a conviction against you can sometimes infringe on your constitutional rights. That being the case, if you have been accused of or charged with a sex crime, you must get legal counsel as soon as possible. Time is of the essence, and the sooner you meet with an attorney, the sooner your defense can begin getting prepared.

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What are the Penalties for Child Pornography in Utah?

 Posted on October 27, 2022 in Sex crimes

salt lake city sex crime defense lawyerUtah is known for being a very family-friendly state, and its laws against sexually exploiting children in video and photographs are strict and highly punitive. The criminal record of those convicted of possession, creation, or distribution of child pornography can be devastating, requiring lifetime registration as a sex offender and the many unpleasant consequences that come along with that. If you are facing charges of sexually exploiting a child, get help from a Utah sex crimes defense attorney right away.

What is Sexual Exploitation of a Minor in Utah? 

The law that applies to the sexual exploitation of a minor specifically relates to the production, possession, and distribution of child pornography. A child’s parents can also be charged under this law for knowingly allowing their child to be depicted in pornographic images or videos. Even if the child was not actually involved in sexual conduct, simply depicting the child as if he or she were is against the law.

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Can Someone Go to Jail Over False Accusations of Rape? 

 Posted on October 06, 2022 in Sex crimes

Blog ImageAlthough many cases of rape accusations never move past the investigation phase for lack of evidence, there are innocent men in jail today because of alleged rapes they did not commit. If you have been falsely accused of or charged with rape or sexual assault, it is important to take this seriously and to immediately hire a criminal defense attorney with experience in Utah sex crimes charges. The sooner you can take charge of the situation, the better the outcome is likely to be.

What Should I Do if Someone is Falsely Accusing Me of Rape? 

Despite studies suggesting that false accusations of rape are rare, the truth is that accusations are easy to make and can quickly have a devastating impact on the accused’s life. Utah’s conservative religious environment sometimes results in young women who feel guilty about voluntary sexual behavior trying to excuse it or cover up their culpability by accusing a young man of rape or sexual assault.

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Circumstances That Can Elevate a DUI to a Felony Charge

 Posted on September 26, 2022 in DUI

davis county dui defense lawyerA majority of DUIs are addressed at the misdemeanor level. Misdemeanors are generally regarded as lesser or minor offenses, commonly resulting in consequences such as probation or brief terms of incarceration. Felonies are regarded as more severe and troublesome offenses, commonly resulting in long terms of imprisonment and extreme socioeconomic harms, referred to as “collateral consequences.” In simple forms, DUIs are regarded as misdemeanors, however, circumstances showing significant elevation in the seriousness of the offense may cause a DUI to be prosecuted as a felony. Even as a first offense, a DUI may be charged as a felony given that an aggravating factor is present. If you have been charged with a felony associated with intoxicated driving, it is critical that you initiate communication with a qualified attorney at your earliest convenience. The seriousness of a felony DUI charge cannot be understated.

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Is Marital Rape a Crime in Utah?

 Posted on September 08, 2022 in Sex crimes

salt lake city sex crime defense lawyerThere is often a social presumption that sexual activity between spouses is always consensual. However, there is no such legal presumption. In Utah, even if you are married to the alleged victim, you could still be charged with rape if you use force or coercion to get your spouse to submit to sex. The only time that marriage provides any protection against a rape charge is if you are charged with statutory rape, but were married to the underage alleged victim. However, that exemption still only applies if your minor spouse actually consented. In all other cases, you could be convicted of rape in Utah for having nonconsensual sex with your spouse. If you are facing charges for the rape of your spouse, it is important to seek out high-quality legal representation at once.

The History of Marital Rape

Traditionally, marriage provided a complete defense to rape accusations. In the past, spouses could not be punished for having sex with each other, even if that sex was non-consensual. Many people believe that the marital exception to rape laws disproportionately affected women, who were the most common victims of spousal rape. These laws only began changing in the relatively recent past, and on a state-by-state basis. Today, marital rape laws can still vary between states, but in Utah, marital rape is rape.

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Understanding Utah's Sex Offense Registration System

 Posted on August 29, 2022 in Sex crimes

Salt Lake City Sex Offense LawyerWhile all sex offenses are extremely serious crimes, some are more severely punished than others. In Utah, people who are convicted of a sex crime and required to register as a sex offender are stratified into different levels based on the seriousness of their crime and risk of reoffending. Registration in Utah can last ten years or a lifetime. No matter the designation, sex offenders face a number of difficulties in daily life. They may struggle with simple needs like finding housing and work. There is a heavy stigma attached to any type of sex offense. If you are facing charges of a sexual nature, it is important that you find a highly skilled attorney like those at Collins Rupp, P.C. to give you the best odds of beating the charge.

Crimes That Lead to Ten-Year Sex Offender Registration

In Utah, a number of crimes can land you on the Sex Offenders Registry for ten years. These offenders are those who have committed less serious sex crimes and are considered low-risk for reoffending. They must remain registered as a sex offender for ten years. Crimes that can lead to this designation include: 

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Could I Lose My Driver's License for a Drug Crime?

 Posted on August 10, 2022 in Drug crimes

Salt Lake City Drug Crime Defense LawyerThere are a number of reasons that Utah drivers could have their licenses suspended. Drunk driving charges will do it. Too many traffic tickets could also eventually lead to a suspension. Usually, the reasons for a license suspension have something to do with, well, driving. However, in Utah, a drug-related conviction could cause you to lose your driver’s license for up to six months even if you were nowhere near your car, let alone driving. There are steps an attorney can take that could help you avoid having your license suspended if you have been accused of a drug crime. If keeping your license is a high priority for you, then our lawyers can factor this into our defense strategy.

Utah Suspends Drivers Licenses After Most Drug Convictions

Generally, a six-month license suspension is almost automatic after a conviction for certain drug crimes, including drug possession or possession of paraphernalia. This happens even if the drug crime had nothing to do with driving. There is a general presumption that people who are willing to break the law to use an intoxicating substance very likely have a substance abuse problem - and may be likely to drive while intoxicated.

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What Restrictions do Sex Offenders Have to Live Within Utah?

 Posted on July 29, 2022 in Sex crimes

Salt Lake City Criminal Defense LawyerBeing a sex offender can have a permanent impact on your life. Depending on which particular sex crime you are convicted of, you may have to register for a few years or for life. Sex offenders must often live with a number of rules and restrictions that other convicts do not. Not all sex offenders have to follow all possible restrictions that can be imposed - but you will be subject to some of them. As a sex offender, you will also be subject to closer court supervision if you are not sent to prison, or after you are released from incarceration. This can make reintegrating into society very difficult. The challenges sex offenders face are unenviable. If you have been charged with a sex crime, it is very important to work with an attorney who has sex crime experience in order to mitigate the impact your charge may have on the rest of your life.

Rules That Sex Offenders May Have to Follow

One of the biggest concerns that sex offenders have is how public the list is. Anyone can look up who is on the registry at any point. It is easy to search based on location. It will turn up on every background check. In addition, you may also have to live with restrictions like:

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3 Ways to Fight a Statutory Rape Charge in Utah

 Posted on July 14, 2022 in Sex crimes

Salt Lake City Criminal Defense AttorneyStatutory rape laws can be confusing. They can vary wildly from state to state. In Utah, statutory rape means having consensual sexual contact with a minor who was too young to consent to sexual contact with the defendant, if the defendant knew or reasonably should have known of the age difference. The exact sex offense charged will depend largely on the ages of the alleged victim and the accused offender. Unlawful Sexual Activity With a Minor, Sexual Abuse of a Minor, and Unlawful Sexual Contact With a 16 or 17-Year-Old are three different charges that can all fall under the umbrella of “statutory rape.” Even if the sexual contact was consensual, minors may not be able to provide meaningful legal consent due to their age. If convicted, you could face years in prison and a lifetime as a sex offender. You will need the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer to fight your statutory rape charges.

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What Are the Penalties for Sexual Assault in Utah?

 Posted on June 28, 2022 in Sex crimes

salt lake city criminal defense lawyerThere are multiple situations where a person may face criminal charges. All charges should be taken seriously, since a conviction can result in penalties such as fines, time in prison, periods of probation or home confinement, and other consequences. However, some offenses, such as sex crimes, are more serious than others, and they can not only lead to criminal consequences, but multiple other areas of a person’s life may be affected, including their personal reputation and their ability to obtain a job or find a place to live. Sexual assault or rape is one of the most commonly prosecuted sexual offenses, and those who have been accused of these crimes will need to understand the nature of the alleged offense and their options for defending against these charges.

Charges and Penalties for Rape in Utah

The Utah Criminal Code defines rape as engaging in sexual intercourse with a person without receiving consent. This offense may involve any acts of sexual penetration. Rape is a first-degree felony, and at the lowest level, it carries a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum sentence of life in prison. If a person allegedly caused a serious bodily injury to the victim, or if they were under 18 years old at the time of the offense and had previously been convicted of sexual assault or sexual abuse, the minimum sentence is 15 years. If a person over the age of 18 had previously been convicted of a “grievous” sexual offense, they may face a sentence of life in prison without parole.

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