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What Sex Crimes Have Mandatory Minimum Sentencing in Utah?

What Sex Crimes Have Mandatory Minimum Sentencing in Utah?

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
  • 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.

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