Facing sex crimes charges — in Utah or anywhere else — can carry consequences that devastate your life, especially if you are ultimately convicted.
Certainly any criminal conviction will change your life forever, but even the allegation of sex-related crimes can result in damaging outcomes.
Utah’s Harsh Approach to Sex Crimes Charges
A study conducted by the Utah branch of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Pew Research Organization demonstrates just how harsh Utah’s approach to sex crimes charges truly is.
In fact, the number of sex offenders incarcerated in our state over the past two decades has almost doubled. Sentence lengths also have doubled, but the level of treatment provided to inmates is abysmal.
Only a small percentage of incarcerated sex crimes convicts are provided access to treatment programs. This occurs despite the fact that successful completion of a treatment program is often a condition of release.
What if You Are Not Convicted on Sex Crimes Charges?
The way our society regards sexual offenses, you likely will be convicted in the minds of community members before you ever go to trial.
Whether you have been accused of rape, sexual abuse, sexual battery or possession of child pornography, rumors of your criminal allegations will quickly spread through your community. Depending on the circumstances, it may even be reported in the media.
Even if no one in the community confronts you outright, you will feel the stares and hear the whispers at your kids’ soccer games, at the office or while you’re out with your spouse.
The only way to redeem yourself in the face of untrue accusations is vindication through the legal system.
Reduction or Dismissal of Sex Crimes Allegations Is Crucial
Conviction based on sexually based criminal charges means you’ll spend years (or decades) in prison and pay staggering fines. You’ll be forced to register as a sex offender for life, and the state will monitor your activities and decide where you can — or cannot — live and work. You will be denied custody of your children and professional licensure.
Even if you are not convicted at trial, your peers and community members will always wonder. The information that the prosecution drags out during a trial, even if untrue, can damage your previously impeccable reputation.
Consequently, it is imperative that you engage the services of a sex crimes lawyer to work on reducing the charges against you, or ideally, having them dismissed completely.
The Law Offices of David Paul White & Associates understands how important it is to clear your good name. Contact our Murray or St. George office to schedule a consultation. Our experienced, compassionate attorneys can assist you in overcoming the potential devastating effects of Utah sex crimes charges.