New Bill Affects Utah Sex Offender Registry
Sex Crimes in Utah
Sex offenses in Utah happen more often than people imagine. Usually people in Salt Lake, Ogden, Provo, and the rest of the Wasatch Front learn about sexual crimes on the news whenever the crime is extreme or very shocking. Most sex offenses are quietly taken care of though without the public even aware of what happened. Because a sex crime is so serious and it causes alarm in so many people, states have sex offender registries to inform the public of people who are possible threats and dangers. Convicted sex offenders are required to register for the sex offender registry.
The sex offender registry is often seen by the public as a black plague indicator. Those who are on the registry are stigmatized and people act as if those on the list have some sort of communicable disease. Unfortunately for some individuals, they are on the registry because they didn’t have a Utah criminal defense lawyer. A Utah criminal defense lawyer will protect those charged with a sex crime and ensure their rights are protected. People often will plead guilty to a sex offense they did not commit and then are surprised with the consequences that a guilty plea entails.
Utah Sex Offender Registry is Damaging
A few individuals on the sex offender registry are unfairly stigmatized because the crime they committed was a crime that usually isn’t associated with a sex offender, but nonetheless requires the person to be on the sex offenders list. One such crime is unlawful sex with a minor by her 18 year old boyfriend. It would be a crime for the 18 year old to have sex with his 15 year old girlfriend, so if convicted, he would have to be placed on the registry even though it was not a violent sex crime and the sexual activity was completely consensual.
A Utah lawmaker is seeking to help those people who have been convicted of a nonviolent sex crime by allowing them to take their name off the sex offender registry after 5 years of being convicted. The new law would also require the perpetrator to undergo other requirements such as a psycho-sexual evaluation. Overall, many Utah criminal defense lawyers would be pleased with such a law as a step in the right direction for treating nonviolent sex offenders.
Utah Criminal Defense Lawyers Help Those Charged With Sex Crimes
If you are facing a sex offense, such as voyeurism, you face being placed on the sex offender registry which can affect your employment, family life, and social standing severally. To make sure you are protected from a sex crime conviction hire a Utah criminal defense lawyer from Salcido Law Firm. A SLF attorney will work hard to protect you from ending up on Utah’s sex offender registry. Call 801.413.1753 for a free consultation with a Utah criminal defense lawyer today.