Internet access can be an excellent educational tool for adults and children alike; however, there are also dangers associated with this resource. Utah has some of the highest rates of sex crimes against children, some of which including solicitation of a minor.
In most cases involving an arrest for solicitation of a minor, an individual may have been arrested by an undercover agent posing as a minor.
Being accused of this type of offense is extremely damaging to a person’s reputation, career, and overall personal life. Having an attorney working hard on your behalf is one way to limit the possible stigma many accused individuals face.
In the event that you have been arrested for solicitation of a minor, time is working against you. Call Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law at (801) 243-2814 to speak with an experienced defense attorney with a successful track record for defending clients against these crimes.
This firm services clients in Salt Lake City, Davis County, and surrounding areas.
Utah code §76-4-401 finds an individual guilty of soliciting a minor when the person knowingly uses Internet or text message communication to entice a minor, or someone believed to be a minor, into participating in illegal sexual acts.
In the state of Utah, solicitation of a minor is a serious offense punishable as a first degree felony. This categorization carries a maximum of life in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
Conviction for this offense can also result in a permanently damaged reputation, making employment opportunities and housing opportunities limited for convicted individuals re-entering society.
To successfully convict a person of this offense, the prosecution must show that the accused intended to solicit, or entice a minor or someone he believed was a minor, with the purpose to engage in sexual activity.
Defending against this offense could be as simple as showing that the individual believed that he or she was in contact with another adult. An experienced attorney can use these types of defenses to create reasonable doubt in the prosecution’s case, and work toward your acquittal.
Utah State Legislature- This state run site provides a list of Utah’s criminal laws.
Utah Courts- This state site provides information on penalties for criminal convictions
Solicitation of a minor carries severe consequences which can last a lifetime. Discussing your legal options is extremely important during these times, and can possibly spare you from a conviction.
Call Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law at (801) 243-2814 to speak with a Salt Lake City defense attorney at your free consultation. Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law works with clients in Davis County, Salt Lake County, and surrounding counties.