Sexual Solicitation Lawyers in Utah

A determined fight against your solicitation charges

Allegations of sexual solicitation have numerous consequences beyond criminal fines and penalties. These types of accusations can also be devastating to your reputation as well as your family and professional life. Most disturbingly, the broad language of Utah’s statute makes it shockingly easy to be implicated for this crime. If you have been charged with solicitation, you have a great deal at stake. But an attorney from Intermountain Legal can help you minimize these damaging charges by fully investigating the circumstances, identifying weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and aggressively seeking dismissal of the charges.

Sexual solicitation under Utah law

The charge of sexual solicitation generally applies when a person is caught patronizing a prostitute, although the language of the statute is much broader. In fact, in relation to the crime of sexual solicitation, the Utah Criminal Code states that a person’s intent to solicit another for sexual activity can be inferred from the totality of the circumstances. For one facing solicitation charges, this is dangerous language because it allows the prosecution to draw upon inferences in making its case. Such inferences can be based upon the reputation of the neighborhood or establishment where the arrest took place, items discovered in the possession of or close proximity to the defendant and other surrounding circumstances. The fact that the prosecution has this advantage makes seeking the counsel of a Utah sexual solicitation lawyer especially crucial.

Fighting solicitation charges

There are several tools sexual solicitation attorneys use to fight these charges on behalf of their clients. While the statute allows a judge or jury to infer intent under some circumstances, a defendant nevertheless has the opportunity to explain or rebut these inferences. A skilled attorney can identify the surrounding circumstances that tend to weigh against a client and directly and convincingly explain and discount them.

If an arrest was the result of a planned undercover operation, it may raise constitutional and evidentiary issues that can benefit the defendant’s case. Under these circumstances, effective prostitution attorneys in Utah must closely examine police conduct and procedure to determine if their clients’ rights were violated. Evidence obtained in violation of the state or federal constitution or that does not conform to the court’s evidentiary rules may be excluded from trial. In many instances, excluding damaging evidence is key to weakening the prosecution’s case and forcing an eventual plea bargain or dismissal. The experienced attorneys at Intermountain Legal know how to protect your rights and reputation.

Call the firm for a free consultation regarding solicitation charges

Whether you made a mistake or were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, Intermountain Legal can be a strong advocate. We know the law and we know the process. Call our office today at 801-990-4200 or contact us online to begin taking control of your legal troubles.

Intermountain Legal is located in Salt Lake City, UT and serves clients throughout all of Northern and Central Utah including Salt Lake City, Midvale, Sandy, West Jordan, North Salt Lake, Bountiful, South Jordan, Clearfield, Woods Cross, Draper, Farmington, Centerville, Layton, Ogden, Lehi, Provo, Orem, Park City and the counties of Davis, Salt Lake, Weber, Utah, Tooele and Summit.