What Sex Crimes Have Mandatory Minimum Sentencing in Utah?
Utah Mandatory Minimum Sentencing
Mandatory minimum sentencing is described under Utah Cod. Ann. § 76-3-406 as crimes for which probation, suspension of sentence, lower category of offense or hospitalization may not be granted. These crimes include (also non-sexual offenses):
- Aggravated murder
- Child kidnapping
- Aggravated kidnapping
- Rape if caused serious bodily injury or defendant previously convicted of a grievous sexual offense
- Rape of a child
- Object rape of a child
- Sodomy on a child
- Forcible sexual abuse under certain circumstances
- Aggravated sexual abuse of a child
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Attempt to commit rape of a child, object rape of a child or sodomy on a child
The heightened penalties were enforced in 2007 by the Utah Legislature due to Jessica’s Law. This was a case involving a young girl in Florida sexually assaulted and murdered by a previously convicted sex offender. In response to public outrage, Florida legislatures passed stringent mandatory minimum sentencing for certain sex crimes. Many states have since followed, including Utah.