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SALT LAKE CITY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

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SALT LAKE CITY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

SEXUAL ASSAULT

Based in Salt Lake City, Intermountain Legal provides effective defense counsel to people charged with serious criminal offenses in Salt Lake County and throughout Utah, including sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault.

Understanding Sexual Assault Charges In Utah

In Utah, sexual assault occurs when a person intentionally touches a non-consenting person’s intimate body parts, or forces a non-consenting person to touch intimate body parts. If a person is charged with sexual assault, his or her actions generally did not amount to rape, object rape, sodomy, sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit one of those sex crimes. Nonetheless, sexual assault is still a very serious charge, usually classified as a second degree or even first degree felony depending on the circumstances of the case. A sexual assault conviction also requires registration as a sex offender, which can result in serious harm to your career and reputation.

Aggravated Sexual Assault

Unlike basic sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault does involve rape, object rape, sodomy, sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit one of these sex crimes. As defined by the Utah Criminal Code, a person commits aggravated sexual assault if:

  • The actor uses or threatens to use a dangerous weapon in the course of a rape, object rape, forcible sodomy, or forcible sexual abuse;
  • The actor compels or attempts to compel the victim to submit to rape, object rape, forcible sodomy, or forcible sexual abuse by threat of kidnapping, death, or serious bodily injury to be inflicted imminently on any person; or
  • The actor is aided or abetted by one or more persons.
  • A person may also be charged with aggravated sexual assault if he or she causes serious bodily injury to any person in the course of an attempted rape, attempted object rape, attempted forcible sodomy, or attempted forcible sexual abuse. Aggravated sexual assault is a first degree felony punishable by a mandatory minimum prison sentence of six years to life, 10 years to life, 15 years to life, or life without parole depending on the unique circumstances of the case.

Seek Experienced, Intelligent Representation

Cases involving sexual assault give rise to strong emotions in prosecutors, jurors, and the general public. Our attorneys understand how to break down the bias against the accused through compelling arguments and zealous advocacy, making sure both sides of the story are heard in plea negotiations and trial. If you have been charged with sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault, do not hesitate to contact Intermountain Legal for a free initial consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

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STEVEN K. BURTON

As a former prosecutor Steven gained an intimate knowledge of various Domestic Violence Courts, DUI courts and other criminal court programs and procedures. He has spent over 3,500 hours in court and has argued more cases than most attorneys do in a lifetime. For more on Steve's experience, click here.

JUSTIN PRATT

Attorney Justin S. Pratt handles all types of criminal cases, with an emphasis on DUI-related charges. He believes that someone who is charged with a crime deserves the specialized attention of an attorney who will protect his client's rights by taking the time to examine constitutional issues, important factual circumstances, and any other crucial factors that may be relevant to the case. For more on Justin's experience, click here.

STACI VISSER

Staci has represented clients in nearly every type of criminal case, from misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. She has an excellent reputation with her clients and they have repeatedly recommended her to their friends and family. She also practices criminal appeals and family law. For more on Staci's experience, click here.

MARK LAROCCO

Mark is skilled at dealing with all aspects of family law, including helping clients obtain modifications, enforce court orders, and achieve fair custody and support awards. Going through a painful divorce or a custody battle can be one of the most difficult times in someone’s life, and Mark is there to help every step of the way. For more on Mark's experience, click here.

MATTHEW BELL

Matthew's reputation as an attorney is one who thoroughly understands the law and diligently advocates to advance his client's interests. His practice primarily focuses on representing clients in family law matters. He has assisted hundreds of clients in divorce, custody, guardianship, and termination of parental rights cases. For more on Matthew's experience click here.

ELLY HENDRIKSEN

Elly is a skilled attorney who specializes in divorce and criminal law. Spending the majority of her career in the courtroom, Elly understands how to effectively advocate for her clients who find themselves in the toughest of situations. Elly has successfully guided clients through trials and difficult hearings in front of judges and commissioners, and has expertly negotiated cases through hundreds of hours of mediation. For more on Elly's experience click here.

STEVEN K. BURTON

As a former prosecutor Steven gained an intimate knowledge of various Domestic Violence Courts, DUI courts and other criminal court programs and procedures. He has spent over 3,500 hours in court and has argued more cases than most attorneys do in a lifetime. For more on Steve's experience, click here.

 
JUSTIN PRATT

Attorney Justin S. Pratt handles all types of criminal cases, with an emphasis on DUI-related charges. He believes that someone who is charged with a crime deserves the specialized attention of an attorney who will protect his client's rights by taking the time to examine constitutional issues, important factual circumstances, and any other crucial factors that may be relevant to the case. For more on Justin's experience, click here.

 
STACI VISSER

Staci has represented clients in nearly every type of criminal case, from misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. She has an excellent reputation with her clients and they have repeatedly recommended her to their friends and family. She also practices criminal appeals and family law. For more on Staci's experience, click here.

 
MARK LAROCCO

Mark is skilled at dealing with all aspects of family law, including helping clients obtain modifications, enforce court orders, and achieve fair custody and support awards. Going through a painful divorce or a custody battle can be one of the most difficult times in someone’s life, and Mark is there to help every step of the way. For more on Mark's experience, click here.

 
MATTHEW BELL

Matthew's reputation as an attorney is one who thoroughly understands the law and diligently advocates to advance his client's interests. His practice primarily focuses on representing clients in family law matters. He has assisted hundreds of clients in divorce, custody, guardianship, and termination of parental rights cases. For more on Matthew's experience click here.

 
ELLY HENDRIKSEN

Elly is a skilled attorney who specializes in divorce and criminal law. Spending the majority of her career in the courtroom, Elly understands how to effectively advocate for her clients who find themselves in the toughest of situations. Elly has successfully guided clients through trials and difficult hearings in front of judges and commissioners, and has expertly negotiated cases through hundreds of hours of mediation. For more on Elly's experience click here.