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Child Sex Abuse: Plea Bargain To Sexual Battery In Utah

Child Sex Abuse Case--What is a favorable plea bargain in a child sex abuse case in Utah.  For aggravated sexual abuse of a child, the punishment is severe, carrying a minimum-mandatory sentence of 6, 10 or 15-to life.   Can these severe punishments be avoided?  One of the best offers that someone can receive who is charged with a child sex offense is a Sexual Battery, a class A misdemeanor.  

A Sexual Battery is not a registerable offense, meaning a person does not have to register as a sex offender in Utah.  Conduct that supports a Sexual Battery charge is a person slapping another person on the butt at a bar.  As you can see, this is a favorable resolution to much more serious sex offenses involving a child.  These offers do not come along often and generally, a defendant should accept a deal such aas this.  A prosecutor is willing to offer a Sexual Battery when they have witness problems--a critical witness like the alleged victim is unavailable at trial--or their case falls apart for other reasons.

Child sex cases are difficult to try.  It is an uphill battle from the moment a judge announces the charges against the defendant.  Because of potential jurors' distaste for child sex cases, it is often time-consuming to seat a jury on an aggravated sexual abuse of a child, rape of a child, sodomy upon a child or other child sex abuse charge.  The attorneys and judge spend a lot of time probing jurors for potential bias.

If you are charged with aggravated sexual abuse of a child, rape of a child, sodomy on a child or any child sex offense in Salt Lake City, Provo, Logan, Ogden, Tooele or any city in the State of Utah, contact me for a free consulatation.

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