Can Utah Police Search My Home For Evidence In Sex Crime Like Possession Of Child Porn?

The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly held that a person’s home is subject to the greatest protection under the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Before an officer may search a home for evidence of a sex crime, the officer must first secure a search warrant from a Judge. There are a few exceptions to this general rule but the exceptions are narrow. Even though an officer does not have a warrant, if the officer is attempting to search your home, you should not physically resist the officer. Instead, step out of the way and let the officer do what he or she is going to do. Do not consent to the search but do not physically resist it either. It is best to raise these issues in court rather than risk a confrontation between yourself and the police. Rarely does a citizen win in such situations and they are almost always a threat to your physical safety. If the officer asks you questions, you should respectfully decline to answer them. You are under no legal obligation to answer questions even if the officer has a warrant.

When dealing with the police remember the three golden rules:

1. Don’t trust or believe the police.

2. Don’t resist being handcuffed.

3. Don’t say a damn thing

Should I Give the Utah Police My Side of the Story in a Rape Allegation?

You should not talk to the Utah police about the circumstances surrounding a rape allegation without first hiring a criminal attorney to help guide you. The 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees your right to remain silent. The best policy is not to talk to the police if questioned and ask for an attorney. Even if you are simply a witness to a crime, you still may want to talk to an attorney before you give the police a statement.

Every court around the nation, including the United States Supreme Court and the Utah Supreme Court, has held that it is permissible for police to lie to a suspect during their investigation and interrogation of the suspect. This puts citizens at a distinct disadvantage when dealing with the police, which is exactly why it is best to follow the three golden rules:

1. Don’t trust or believe the police.

2. Don’t resist being handcuffed.

3. Don’t say a damn thing.

Crackdown on Sex Exploitation of Children to Hit Utah?

The FBI announced a nationwide crackdown on sex exploitation of children, sixty-nine prostitutes ages 12 to 17 were found. F.B.I. spokesman, Jason Pack, said 99 pimp suspects were arrested in 40 cities across 30 states and the District of Columbia, while 785 other adults were arrested on a variety of state and local charges. (Associated Press).

What does this mean for Utah? Utah County in particular has seen its fair share of childhood prostitution as KSL reported in September of this year but it hasn’t yet been reported if Utah was one of the 30 states involved in this bust. In Utah, if a john/prostitution customer has consensual sex with an underage prostitute, then that john/customer could be charged with First Degree Felony Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child. Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child is punishable for up to life in prison and if the convicted person is lucky enough to be released after a long prison sentence, then they would be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of their life.