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Forcible Sexual Abuse

Forcible sexual abuse convictions carry serious legal consequences. To avoid harsh penalties, including extended imprisonment and registry as a sex offender, an experienced criminal defense attorney is mandatory.

Though the consequences of forcible sexual abuse convictions are severe, this offense requires the prosecution to show a defendant’s intent. Since this element is subjective, it allows room for interpretation; therefore working in favor of the defense attorney.

For this reason, it is important to hire an experienced defense attorney who knows her way around the law.


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Salt Lake City Sexual Assault Defense Attorney

Working as a defense attorney for the Salt Lake City region, Susanne Gustin has represented clients faced with a wide array of charges from forcible sexual abuse, rape, and aggravated sexual assault to domestic violence, theft, and property crime.

She is well versed in innovative defense strategies, and can work to fight your charges.

If you are in the Salt Lake City area and have been faced with these charges, contact Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law at (801) 243-2814 for your free consultation. Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law deals in legal affairs for Salt Lake County, and Davis County,  including Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Layton, Bountiful, West Jordan, Sandy, and surrounding communities.


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Utah Sex Crimes Information Center


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Forcible Sexual Abuse under Utah Law

Forcible sexual assault §76-5-404: According to Utah Code, a person is guilty of forcible sexual abuse when he or she:

Touches a victim 14 years of age or older in a sexual manner, or causes another to commit such acts with the actor or another; and possessed intent to cause substantial emotional or bodily pain to any person, or possesses intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person, without the consent of the other.

 


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Penalties for Forcible Sexual Abuse

Forcible sexual abuse is a second-degree felony punishable by a minimum of one year and a maximum of 15 years imprisonment; or

If during the commission of the act, the defendant caused serious bodily injury to another, forcible sexual abuse is a first-degree felony punishable by a minimum of 15 years imprisonment and a maximum life imprisonment.


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Defense against Felony Charges

Under some circumstances, the forcible sexual assault may result from a misunderstanding between two parties. An accuser may press charges for unintended contact, thus leading to a false accusation of a sexual offense. 

For this reason, it is necessary to find an attorney who can examine all of the details for a specific case.


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Reputable Forcible Sexual Abuse Resources in Utah

The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW)- U.S. Department of Justice database for sex offender data.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)-  Resources for victims of crime. Federally funded organization offering justice research worldwide.


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Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law Salt Lake County Sex Crime Defense Attorney

In Utah, sex crimes are a serious allegation. In the U.S. court system, you are innocent until proven guilty. With Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law, you will receive complete and professional legal representation to fight against these allegations.

Call Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law for your free consultation. Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law accepts clients in Salt Lake County or Davis County including Salt Lake City, Taylorsville, Riverton, Midvale, Clearfield, Layton, and nearby communities.


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