Domestic Violence: Forcible Sexual Abuse

Forcible Sexual Abuse: Domestic Violence Attorneys

Forcible Sexual Abuse - Domestic Violence - Attorneys

Legal Definition:

Forcible sexual abuse (domestic violence) is the commission or attempt to commit forcible sexual abuse by one cohabitant against another.

Forcible Sexual Abuse (Domestic Violence)

Utah Code §76-5-404 & Utah Code §77-36-1


1st or 2nd Degree Felony.


A defendant commits a 2nd degree felony forcible sexual abuse (domestic violence) if the victim is 14 years of age or older and, under circumstances not amounting to rape, object rape, sodomy, or attempted rape or attempted sodomy, the defendant touches the anus, buttocks, or any part of the genitals of another, or touches the breast of a female, or otherwise takes indecent liberties with another, or causes another to take indecent liberties with the actor or another, with intent to cause substantial emotional or bodily pain to any person or with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person, without the consent of the other.

A defendant commits a 1st degree felony forcible sexual abuse (domestic violence) if in the commission of the forcible sexual abuse the defendant causes serious bodily injury.


1st or 2nd degree felony: A fine not to exceed $10,000, plus a 90% surcharge.
(Utah Code Ann. §76-3-301(1)(a), Utah Code Ann. §51-9-401)


The court may order the accused to pay restitution if convicted of this crime.
(Utah Code Ann. §77-38a-301)


2nd degree felony: Not less than 1 year nor more than 15 years.

1st degree felony: 15 years and which may be for life, if the judge finds that during the course of the commission of the forcible sexual abuse the defendant caused serious bodily injury to another. However, if the judge finds that a lesser term is in the interest of justice and states the reasons for this finding on the record, the court may impose a term of imprisonment of not less than:

  • 10 years and which may be for life; or
  • 6 years and which may be for life.
Sex Offender Registration

Must register for the duration of the sentence and 10 years after the sentence is complete.
(Utah Code Ann. §77-27-21.5(12)(a))


Because of the unique and highly emotional nature of domestic violence crimes, the high recidivism rate of violent offenders, and the demonstrated increased risk of continued acts of violence subsequent to the release of an offender who has been arrested for domestic violence, it was the finding of the Utah Legislature that domestic violence crimes, are crimes for which bail may be denied if there is substantial evidence to support the charge, and if the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that he alleged perpetrator would constitute a substantial danger to an alleged victim of domestic violence if released on bail.
(Utah Code Ann. §76-6-2.5(12))

Addition Sentence for Domestic Violence

In addition to penalties otherwise provided by law, the court may:

  • Order defendant to participate in an electronic or other type of monitoring program; and/or
  • Order defendant to pay all or part of the costs of counseling incurred by the victim and any children affected by or exposed to the domestic violence offense;

The court will:

  • Order cost of any services or treatment provided to the victim and affected children of the victim; and
  • Order the defendant to obtain and satisfactorily complete treatment or therapy in a domestic violence treatment program, that is licensed by Utah’s Department of Human Services, unless the court finds that there is no licensed program reasonably available or that the treatment or therapy is not necessary.
    (Utah Code Ann. §77-36-5(3)(4) and (5))
DNA Specimen

A defendant convicted of forcible sexual abuse (domestic violence) must provide a DNA specimen.
(Utah Code Ann. §53-10-403(2))


A defendant convicted of forcible sexual abuse (domestic violence) may not posses, use or have control of a firearm or ammunition for life.
(18 U.S.C. §922(g)(9))

Other Criminal Charges

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