June 28, 2010

Sex with a 14 or 15 Year Old is Illegal in Utah

Sex with a 14 or 15 Year Old

In Utah, it is illegal for an adult to have sex with a 14 or 15 year old.

One form of statutory rape is having sex with a 14 or 15 year old.

One way in which a person commits statutory rape in Utah is by having sex with a 14 or 15 year old.  This applies to males and females.  Thus, if a 25 year old woman has sex with a 15 year old boy it is still considered statutory rape, also known as unlawful sexual activity with a minor.  This category of statutory rape, however, also includes oral sex and any penetration by any part of the body or object of the victim’s genitals or anus.

Because unlawful sexual activity with a minor is a third degree felony you will want the know-how and tenacity of Utah Defenders backing you up.  Statutory rape charges are some of the most difficult to defend against, but Utah Defenders is up to the task.  The bigger the challenge the more motivated our criminal defense attorneys become.

Sexual Abuse of a Minor

A related offense which does not amount to statutory rape is sexual abuse of a minor, which means the accused touched the 14 or 15 year old victim on the private areas of his or her body.  Such charges carry a class A misdemeanor and will require the experience of Utah Defenders to ensure adequate defense.

These Cases Are Fact Intensive

Any statutory rape case involving sex with a 14 or 15 year old is going to be fact intensive.  Our investigative team will analyze every avenue of the factual scenario that surrounds the charges brought against you.  We need to find out the when, where, whom, how of your case because your defense will be present in the factual details.  Let Utah Defenders put its criminal defense lawyers on your case to ensure that all of the facts come out so that you can feel secure knowing that your defense is on a strong foundation.

Protect Your Reputation

The stigma associated with statutory rape charges, especially for sex with a minor of 14 or 15 years of age will have life-long negative consequences if you do not take every measure possible to protect your reputation.  Utah Defenders knows just how serious these charges are and we know that your reputation in your business, community, church and other aspect of your life is paramount.  We want to protect that reputation.

Contact Us Today

Our local number is 801.618.1334.  You can email us by clicking here. We are standing by ready to help you in this difficult situation.  Don’t waste your time with anyone else – call the Salt Lake City criminal defense attorneys at Utah Defenders.