Talk to a Utah Juvenile Sex Crimes Lawyer Today
The law surrounding juvenile sex crime throughout Utah including Salt Lake City can be very confusing because there is often a blurred line between the aggressor and the victim in such cases. The difference between felonies and misdemeanors usually comes down to the age of the children. Sexual abuse of a child, for example, is committed by a person who touches a child who is under fourteen (14) years old on his or her private areas. This becomes problematic. Consider the following scenario: Two kids separated by one one grade, a 15 year old 9th grader and a 13 year old 8th grader, engage in consensual heavy petting. Under the law, the 15 year old can be charged with a second degree felony for sexual abuse of a child.
A Utah juvenile sex crimes lawyer from our firm is one of the most experienced in the state. If you have a son or daughter who is facing charges for a criminal offense in the Utah juvenile court system, call us at 801.413.1753 for a free consultation. It is important that you lawyer up quickly.
Lewdness, Sexting, and Other Sex Crimes
It seems like more and more kids are sending each other sexually explicit pictures of themselves (known as “selfies”) over text messaging (known as “sexting”). Sexting, however, is a crime when involving underage persons and will require the services of a Utah juvenile sex crimes lawyer. The crimes that can be charged are dealing in materials harmful to a minor or distribution of child pornography. When applied to children this is problematic because even though such pictures are many times consensual and mutual the sending party can be charged with these egregious crimes and the penalties, even for teenagers, are severe including extended sexual therapy, fines, community service, and in some cases detention.
Your child may be a sexual offender who has to undergo sex specific therapy. The Network on Juveniles Offending Sexually provides the framework for therapy. There are several different levels of NOJOS treatment and the judge in your case will generally order your child to undergo a NOJOS evaluation and then to follow the recommended treatment. If you would like to find out more about whether your child will be required to undergo sex specific therapy you can call us and we can generally tell you right over the phone.
Get Protected! by calling a Utah juvenile sex crimes lawyer at our law firm today. Let us protect your son or daughter from the strong arm of the law.