Sex Offender Registration
There are over 7,000 people publicly listed on Utah’s Sex and Kidnap Offender Notification and Registration (SONAR), required to be there due to a range of crimes. Those on a sex offender registry in another state must register in Utah within ten days, regardless of the length of their stay. Being on the sex offender registry can negatively affect your employment, housing, and public reputation. You must maintain distance from certain places including schools and daycares.
Defense of Sex Offender Registration in Utah
If you are charged with a crime that would require you register on SONAR, contact an experienced sex crime defense lawyer immediately. Levitt Legal, PLLC will build your defense through a thorough investigation to show your innocence beyond a reasonable doubt. Attorney Darren Levitt is your champion whose goal is to have your charges lessened, dismissed, or acquitted.
Levitt Legal, PLLC can assist clients across Salt Lake County, Utah County, Davis County, Weber County, Tooele County, Summit County, and other surrounding Utah communities. Call (801) 455-1743 to schedule a consultation to review your charges. Cite the below list to identify if you are at risk of being listed on Utah’s sex offender registry.
Overview of Sex Offender Registration
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Crimes Resulting in Sex Offender Registration
Under Utah Code § 77-41-107, crimes that require a person be listed as a registered sex offender for ten years following the end of their prison term include:
- Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor
- Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a 16 or 17 Year Old
- Forcible Sexual Abuse
- Lewdness (4 convictions or more)
- Sexual Battery (4 convictions or more)
- Lewdness Involving a Child
- Aggravated Human Trafficking
- Custodial Sexual Relations (if victim was under 18 years of age)
- Sexual Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult
- Attempting, soliciting, or conspiring to commit any felony offense listed above (or in the "life" list below)
For the following convictions, an offender must register for life:
- Two separate convictions of any offense listed above
- Child Kidnapping
- Aggravated Kidnapping
- Enticing a Minor over the Internet
- Rape of a Child
- Object Rape
- Object Rape of a Child
- Forcible Sodomy
- Sodomy on a Child
- Sexual Abuse of a Child or Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child
- Aggravated Sexual Assault
- Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
- Aggravated Exploitation of Prostitution
Sex offenders must re-register two times each year and also every time they change residences, place of employment, vehicle information, or educational information.
The information in each registration will include:
- all names by which the offender is or has been known;
- the addresses of the offender's primary, secondary, and temporary residences;
- a physical description, including the offender's date of birth, height, weight, and eye and hair color;
- the make, model, color, year, and plate number of any vehicle or vehicles the offender owns or regularly drives;
- a current photograph of the offender;
- a list of all professional licenses that authorize the offender to engage in an occupation or carry out a trade or business;
- each educational institution in Utah at which the offender is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student;
- a list of places where the offender works as a volunteer; and
- the crimes that the offender has been convicted of.
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Penalties of Being a Registered Sex Offender
Having a public notification or listing about your past offenses is embarrassing and not predictive of future crime. It can negatively affect future employment because employers may weigh the safety of the workplace above their desire to not judge you based on a past criminal history. When you move, people in the area may have received a notification of your sex offender status.
The damage to a person can be devastating.
In Utah Criminal Code § 77-27-13, those locations off-limits to registered sex offenders are defined as daycares, preschools, public swimming pools, primary or secondary schools, community parks, playgrounds, and the victim’s residence. If a person registered on SONAR is found in violation, meaning on foot or in a vehicle in one of these locations, they will be charged with a class A misdemeanor.
Class A misdemeanors may be punished by up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500.
The requirements of parole can be above and beyond what is listed in the criminal code, also outlawing going to any places or events where children congregate without the prior approval of a parole officer. A parole officer must approve any engagement with a minor under the age of 18. The possession of pornographic material may be banned. Also, curfews may be imposed.
If you have been found in violation of the sex offender restrictions, contact Levitt Legal, PLLC as soon as possible to fight the case. You do not want to be up against serious jail time for a first-time violation.
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Sex Offender Registration Defense Lawyer
Sex crimes are viewed very seriously by the State of Utah and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Levitt Legal, PLLC is here to vigorously fight for your defense and against your being listed as a registered sex offender.
Take the first step today by scheduling a no-obligation consultation. Call (801) 455-1743 or send us a message to find a convenient time to review your case.