The unfortunate reality in our society is that a rape allegation tends to come with a “guilty before proven innocent” thought process that is very difficult to refute. Being accused of rape, no matter if you are innocent of any wrongdoing, will negatively affect you in many ways that can completely change your life and all that goes on within it.
Due to its severity, a rape charge must be met with a deliberate and calculated approach that effectively frames your argument in a way that presents you in a favorable light, while discounting the accusations in the process. This can be done with the help of a qualified criminal defense attorney who can argue your case in an effective and aggressive manner.
Salt Lake City Rape Attorney
If you have been charged with rape in the greater Salt Lake City area, take the steps necessary in clearing your name and contact Levitt Legal, PLLC today. With experience and a broad understanding of Utah criminal law, Darren Levitt is prepared and committed to representing you in the court of law in a smart and effective way.
Call (801) 455-1743 or send an online message to schedule a free and confidential consultation with Darren Levitt today. Levitt Legal, PLLC proudly represents individuals accused of criminal acts in the Utah counties of Box Elder, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah, Morgan, Summit, Davis, Weber, Cache and Wasatch.
Rape under Utah Law
According to Utah Code §76-5-402, a person commits rape when the actor (offender) has sexual intercourse without the victims consent.
It is also stated that this law applies whether or not the actor is married to the victim.
Rape in Utah is considered a felony in the first degree with a varying prison sentence depending on the specifics of the case. If it was a basic rape case without additional factors, the presumptive sentence will be “not less than 5 years and which may be for life.” This may also include fines of up to $10,000.
If it is found that, during the rape, the defendant caused serious bodily injury to another, the sentence will be 15 years to life in prison and the possibility of fines up to $10,000.
There is the possibility of a “life without parole” sentence if the defendant is found to have been previously convicted of a grievous sexual offense.
Levitt Legal, PLLC | Salt Lake City Rape Arrest Lawyer
Rape is serious, no matter what the context of the offense. It is important that you take all the precautions necessary in order to have the best opportunity to fight the charges and move forward. One of the most important aspect of this preparation is speaking with a competent criminal defense attorney who can show you your options along with possible methods of defense.
Darren Levitt is dedicated to making certain his clients are given a fair opportunity to argue their case. This adherence to individual rights has helped him provide excellent legal counsel to many individuals in similar situations.
Call (801) 455-1743 to schedule a free and confidential consultation with Darren Levitt today. Levitt Legal, PLLC represents individuals in and around the Utah cities of Tremonton, Brigham City, Mantua, Salt Lake city, Murray, Bluffdale, Grantsville, Wendover, Springville, Spanish Fork, Payson, Alpine, Richmond, Pleasant View, West haven, Plain City, Francis, Layton, Midway and Wallsburg, among others.
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