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Date Rape

Rape accusations are some of the most damaging for an individual. Whether the accused is found guilty or innocent of a rape crime, the stigma attached to those convicted can last a lifetime. In the state of Utah, date rape penalties are severe.

Lengthy prison time, fines, mandatory sex offender registry, and loss of reputation are just some of the consequences of a date rape conviction.
If you have been charged with date rape, your freedom and reputation are both at stake. You need an attorney who is accustomed to taking on these types of offenses, and who has a history of success in the courtroom.


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Salt Lake City Defense Attorney

If you need an attorney with decades of experience and a reputation for zealously representing her clients, Susanne Gustin is the attorney for you. With more than 24 years of experience, Susanne Gustin is a well-respected member of the Utah Bar Association.

She has received acquittals for clients in high-profile cases involving murder, kidnapping, and sexual assault. Susanne Gustin will work with you to achieve the most desirable outcome for your situation.

If you have been accused of date rape, call Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law at (801) 243-2814 for your free consultation. This firm services clients in Davis County, Salt Lake City, West Valley City, and surrounding areas.  


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Date Rape Information Center


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Date Rape Defined- §76-5-402

Utah code treats the definition of rape as a catchall, therefore, there is no specific statute defining date rape. Utah defines rape as an actor having sexual intercourse with another person without the victim’s consent.


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Penalties for Date Rape

Due to the lack of a specific statute dealing specifically with date rape, the penalties for this offense mirror those for a standard rape offense.

Date rape is a first-degree felony typically punishable by a minimum of five years to life imprisonment. These penalties are adjusted according to specific circumstances including whether the actor was armed, the victim’s age, and whether this is the actor’s first offense.


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Defenses against Date Rape

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a person to be accused of date rape on the basis of sexual activity which he or she believed to be consensual. This may occur due to the alleged victim changing his or her mind or feeling guilty about the fact that he or she engaged in sexual intercourse.

In some cases, the accuser may simply remember the facts differently than how they occurred. Even so, the prosecutor may move ahead with charges on the accuser's word.

The best way to defend against accusations of date rape is to begin working with an experienced and effective sex crimes lawyer right away. Speaking about the accusations to anyone, especially not the accuser or the police is not advised.


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More Information

Utah Coalition against Sexual Assault- This site provides statistics on sexual assault, and advocates for sexual assault victims throughout the state.

Rape Recovery Center- This organization services victims of sexual violence and focuses on prevention through education.


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Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law Salt Lake County Date Rape Defense

If you have been charged with date rape, your reputation and freedom are on the line. Call Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law at to speak with an experienced lawyer. Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law accepts clients from Davis County, Salt Lake County, Layton, Bountiful, and surrounding areas.


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