Sex Crimes | Provo Criminal Defense Lawyer
Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Crimes
A man from Utah County pleaded guilty this week to felony charges for having sex with multiple minors. The man pleaded guilty to attempted rape of a child, a first degree felony. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of a third-degree felony for unlawful sexual activity with a minor. The man can spend anywhere from three years in prison to life in prison. Sex crime are very serious and have long term effects on the perpetrator as well as the victim. Because of the seriousness of sex crime convictions, it is important for suspects to have their rights protected by a Provo criminal defense lawyer.
Why Plead Guilty to Criminal Charges?
Many people may wonder why this Utah County man would plead guilty to such serious sex crimes. The reality is that most criminal suspects end up pleading guilty to criminal offenses. But, by pleading guilty, they usually plead to a lesser crime instead of the crime with which they are originally charged. This is what the man did. He was originally charged with rape of a child. If convicted of that charge, he would have spent 25 years to life in prison. By pleading to lesser crimes, the man avoided this harsh charge as well as other minor charges the prosecutor dropped in exchange for the plea.
The reasons people decide to plead guilty to crimes vary. Many people don’t feel they can win a case if it goes to trial so they feel it may be best to plead guilty to a lesser crime so they won’t be convicted of a harsher crime. A Provo criminal defense lawyer helps criminal suspects decide if they should take a plea bargain or pursue the charges to trial.
Utah County Criminal Defense Lawyer
Pleading guilty to a criminal charge has long-term lasting effects so it is best to carefully evaluate if that is best you. If you have been convicted of a crime, call 801.800.8246 to speak with a Provo criminal defense lawyer. Our lawyers will work with the prosecutor to ensure you get the best deal possible. When pleading to a crime is not right for you, we will fight hard for your not-guilty verdict in court.