If you are aware that you may be accused of a sex crime, you should contact an experienced Utah sex crimes lawyer to advise you even if you are not currently charged. Once an rape, child porn possession or other sex crime investigation is underway, you need a lawyer to help prevent charges from being filed or to make sure you do not make missteps in dealing with law enforcement officers. You want to minimize the disruption to your every day life as you fight the charges in court.
A Utah sex crimes lawyer can assess the strength of the case against you, make certain that the offer from the prosecutor is fair, inform you of the collateral consequences of a conviction, and most importantly a lawyer can take your case to trial. The simple accusation of a sex crime like rape, forcible sex abuse, child sex abuse or possession of child porn can destroy someone’s life even if the allegation does not end in a conviction.
Hiring a tough, smart lawyer early on can make all the difference between a favorable and a disastrous outcome for you later on. If you are a witness in some cases, a Lawyer is advised, specifically if you are a witness who wants to claim husband-wife privilege. If you believe you may incriminate yourself if you testify, you need an lawyer to advise you as to whether you may appropriately refuse to testify based on your Fifth Amendment rights.