Statutory Rape

If you have been arrested for statutory rape in Salt Lake City, it is critical to obtain experienced legal counsel. A statutory rape carries serious penalties, including prison time. Under “Jessica’s Law” a version of which was recently enacted in Utah, certain felony convictions will result in a mandatory 25-year sentence. And upon release, you will be required to register as a sex offender. Placement on the sex offender registry will ensure that the stigma of a conviction will last long after you complete your sentence.

People facing a statutory rape charge in Salt Lake City or anywhere throughout Utah can find the help they need from Salt Lake City statutory rape lawyer Catherine R. Cleveland. At my firm, I provide a thorough and aggressive defense against statutory rape and all sex crimes, including:

  • Rape
  • Statutory rape
  • Charges filed under Jessica’s Law
  • Child pornography
  • Violations of sex registration laws
  • Sexual assault
  • Molestation/sodomy/unlawful touching
  • Probation violations

Unlike other rape cases, statutory rape often happens during consensual sex. This occurs when the perpetrator is at least 10 years older than a minor accuser, who is between the ages of 16 and 17. In many cases, the accuser may have lied to the accused of their age. Statutory rape carries heavy penalties in the State of Utah. It is crucial to seek immediate legal counsel.

Contact me, Salt Lake City statutory rape attorney Catherine R. Cleveland, to begin building a defense in your case.

Vigorous Salt Lake City Statutory Rape Defense

When defending against statutory rape and other sex crimes, I will thoroughly review the facts of each case, utilize the service of investigators and other experts where appropriate, and prepare diligently for the possibility of trial.

If there are any inconsistencies or flaws in the state’s evidence, I will find them and seek to have the charges dismissed or reduced. A conviction on statutory rape will change a person’s life forever. Considering what is at stake, you need a lawyer who will take every step to protect your rights.

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To discuss your defense options with me, contact my office online. I am also available by phone at 801-783-3488 or toll free at 877-753-1247

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