Aggravated Sexual Assault
Sexual assault charges are among the most serious prosecutable crimes by the State of Utah. The private nature of sexual assault can almost guarantee a major gray area in terms of proving guilt or innocence. Levitt Legal, PLLC will use every available resource to question and introduce doubt into the prosecution’s claims. Additionally, in the course of investigation, attorney Darren Levitt will advise your best strategy in communicating with law enforcement.
Aggravated sexual assault carries an enhanced penalty because the offender is alleged to have brought a heightened level of violence into the assault to cause the victim to fear for their life or safety.
Aggravated Sexual Assault Defense Lawyer in Salt Lake City
Levitt Legal, PLLC stands by each client regardless of the charges because we believe strongly in the presumption of innocence. As your advocate, attorney Darren Levitt will guard you against common mistakes made by defendants in the investigation process.
If you believe you are under suspicion for aggravated sexual assault or if you have recently been arrested, bringing a competent lawyer to your team can be the difference between freedom and many years behind bars. We welcome those in Salt Lake City, Brigham City, Tremonton, Tooele, Ogden, or the surrounding areas to schedule a no-obligation consultation. Call us today at (801) 455-1743.
Info on Salt Lake County Aggravated Rape Charges
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Aggravated Sexual Assault in Utah
Defined by Utah Criminal Code § 76-5-405, the crime of aggravated sexual assault involves a level of violence that increases the psychological and physical harm to the victim. Specifically in the case of sexual assault, the charge moves from rape, object rape, forcible sodomy, or forcible sexual assault to aggravated sexual assault when there is:
- Use of a dangerous weapon
- A threat to produce a dangerous weapon
- Threats of death, kidnapping, or serious bodily injury to the victim
- Threats of death, kidnapping, or serious bodily injury to another person
- Another person or persons aids, abets, or assists in the assault
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Penalties for Aggravated Sexual Assault in Utah
The penalties for aggravated assault are more severe than if there were no threats of violence made in the course of a sexual assault. Levitt Legal, PLLC will defend you against this enhanced charge and also against the underlying charges that a sexual assault was committed in the first place.
If convicted of aggravated sexual assault in Utah, the penalty is a first degree felony, the most serious charge handed down from the state short of life imprisonment.
The sentencing guidelines, which the court may deviate from, for aggravated sexual assault involving a committed rape, object rape, forcible sodomy, or forcible sexual abuse are a minimum 15 years to life imprisonment. A previous conviction for a grievous sexual offense will result in life without parole.
Those who are convicted of aggravated sexual assault during an attempted rape, attempted object rape, or attempted forcible sodomy will face a minimum ten years to life imprisonment. Again, the penalty is life without parole if this is a second conviction of a grievous sexual assault.
Attempted forcible sexual abuse with the use or threat of violence or a deadly weapon shall be punishable by a minimum six years to life in prison. Life without parole will be ordered if this is the defendant’s second conviction of a grievous sexual offense.
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Criminal Defense Attorney Representing those Accused of Aggravated Sexual Assault
Levitt Legal, PLLC will be at your side throughout this trying process. One of the most important features of a defense is to put together your experience of the events and not deviate from the facts. Maintaining credibility is extremely important and we will guide you through investigation and trial so that you do not accidentally give law enforcement or prosecution any incriminating evidence.
Call (801) 455-1743 right away to schedule a free consultation. After reviewing your case, we can immediately begin interviewing witnesses, scrounging up evidence, barring evidence gathered in violation of your rights, and constructing your defense.