Sodomy Criminal Defense Lawyer in Utah
Sodomy charges can be filed against you if you have been accused of deviant sexual acts performed with another person without their consent. Sodomy charges are similar to charges of rape in a court system. At Wasatch Defense Lawyers we have experience in navigating the court system to allow you to have the best possible defense against sodomy charges and the possible consequences. Conviction of sodomy can result in harsh sentences, so it is important that if you have been charged with sodomy, you speak to a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Our experienced attorneys can advise you of the best steps to protect your rights and defend yourself against the charges without judgment. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.
What is Sodomy?
The State of Utah defines sodomy as engaging in a sexual act with a person over the age of 14 that involves the genitals of one person and the mouth or anus of the other no matter their gender. Sodomy is considered a class B misdemeanor.
What is Forcible Sodomy?
Forcible sodomy is a first-degree felony that involves sodomy against an individual that does not give their consent for the act. Forcible sodomy can be charged regardless of gender or age of the victim and the defendant.
What Consequences Can You Possibly Face if Convicted of Sodomy in the State of Utah?
A sodomy conviction in the State of Utah can result in harsh jail sentences, hefty fines, and sex offender registration requirements that can limit where a person may live or areas they can occupy. Sodomy can result in a lifetime sex offender registration requirement. Even though the penalties are similar, sodomy is often filed in conjunction with rape charges.
If convicted of first-degree felony forcible sodomy charges you can be punished with jail time as short as five years to as long as a life sentence. The penalty can be increased to a sentence of 15 years to life if it is found that during the commission of the crime, the victim suffered serious bodily injury or if the defendant is considered a minor but has been previously charged with offenses.
If the victim of the crime is a minor, they are severely injured, or a weapon is used during the commission of the crime, a life sentence may be imposed. If the defendant has been previously convicted of a grievous sexual offense, the court may choose to impose a sentence of life without parole. It is important to note that Utah does require mandatory minimum sentences when certain factors are involved.
Charged with Sodomy in Utah? Contact Wasatch Defense Lawyers for a Free Case Evaluation
If you have been charged with sodomy in the state of Utah, it is important to contact a defense attorney immediately to ensure that your rights are protected and to help you retain your freedom. Contact Wasatch Defense Lawyers today or fill out the online form to schedule your free consultation and ensure your rights are protected.