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Habitual Sex Offender

The State of Utah views recidivist criminals very unfavorably, whether or not those previous crimes were committed in Utah or in any other territory of the United States. To be designated as a repeat or habitual sex offender, you must have been convicted or plead guilty to two or more felony sexual offenses and be currently charged with another felony sexual offense committed in Utah.

Though the government does not always get its man, it is very good at bullying people through the justice system to plead guilty rather than fight their charges at trial. A past criminal record can seriously hurt your chances at leniency if you are again facing down prosecutors.

Defense of Habitual Sex Offender in Salt Lake City

Attorney Darren Levitt will advise you about the potential enhancement of penalties when the State of Utah deems you a habitual sex offender. Call (801) 455-1743 to set up a free consultation. We will formulate a strategy to defeat the charges against you and hopefully keep you out of the justice system for good.

If you are facing felony sexual offense charges in Salt Lake County, Box Elder County, Cache County, Weber County, or the surrounding areas, and you have a history of felony sexual assault, call Levitt Legal, PLLC right away to get working for you.


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Repeat and Habitual Sex Offender

Under Utah Code § 76-3-407, a person may received increased penalties if he or she is a repeat sexual offender. A repeat and habitual offender is a person who has just one sexual offense and is convicted of another.

The prior sexual offenses referred to in the statute include:

  • Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor
  • Rape
  • Object rape
  • Sodomy
  • Forcible sexual abuse
  • Sexual abuse of a child
  • Aggravated sexual assault
  • Enticing a minor over the Internet

Any felony offense in another state, territory, or district of the United States that is similar enough to constitute a felony for a sexual offense in Utah’s Criminal Code also applies.


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Penalties for Conviction as a Habitual Sexual Predator

Each past felony sexual offense conviction will add five years to the maximum penalty of every felony sexual offense charge you are facing today. As first degree felonies have a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, the habitual sex offender statute applies only to second and third degree felony sexual offenses.

These sexual offenses include those listed in Utah Code § 76-5-401 through 414, sexual exploitation of a minor (§ 76-5b-201), and the felony offense of enticing a minor over the Internet (§ 76-4-401).

A past criminal record almost always weighs against a defendant through sentencing. You may be facing a judge who wants to punish you to the fullest extent of the law, adding many more years of prison time.


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Salt Lake City Sex Crime Defense Lawyer

To avoid the most serious consequences of being labeled an habitual sex offender, your best defense is an experienced lawyer. Levitt Legal, PLLC will form a strategy in your case to defeat your underlying charge and not allow past offenses to weigh into your freedom. If you are facing certain sexual abuse charges with a history of sexual offenses, call (801) 455-1743 to review your case in a free, no-obligation consultation

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