Among the crimes that are most offensive to our society are crimes against children. It is understandable, as the victims are the most vulnerable members of society. It is for this reason that crimes against children are usually aggressively prosecuted. They also have some of the most serious consequences, including adding your name to the sex offender registration if convicted In Utah.
If you have been charged with a crime against a child, contact David Paul White, a Salt Lake City criminal law attorney. I have more than 25 years of experience standing up for the rights of alleged criminals in Salt Lake City and throughout Utah, including Provo, Orem and West Valley. I know your defense options and will do all I can to minimize or eliminate the consequences you face.
Exploitation, Molestation and Solicitation
A variety of circumstances may bring about criminal charges where children are the alleged victims. The most serious are sex crimes against children. The facts or acts needed to charge a sex crime against a child are more relaxed than those required to charge a sex crime where an adult victim is involved. The reason for this is that children do not have the legal capacity to consent to acts by adults that implicate sexual or inappropriate conduct, or to resist and defend themselves.
Under these circumstances, criminal conduct may include:
- Rape or sodomy
- Sexual abuse (touch a child with intent to gratify sexual desire)
- Solicitation of a minor
- Distributing materials harmful to a child
- Viewing or possessing child pornography
Another crime against children is child abuse. The most common, and easiest to identify, form of child abuse is physical abuse. However, child abuse is also charged in cases of domestic violence. A child may have witnessed or simply been within earshot of a domestic violence episode and be considered having suffered child abuse as a result. In this situation, a domestic partner or roommate may face a charge of child abuse in addition to charges involving domestic violence.
Contact a Salt Lake City Defense Lawyer to Defend Your Rights
Crimes against children are considered some of the most heinous crimes in our society, people facing child abuse or other criminal charges need to have the best possible defense attorney – an attorney with the experience, knowledge and expertise to fully and successfully present their side of the story and aggressively defend their rights.
Contact me, David Paul White, at my office in Salt Lake City, Utah, to get the aggressive criminal defense you need. I offer free case evaluations to discuss your charge and possible defense options.Call 801-266-4114 today.