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Legal Statutes: Utah

UPDATED November 15, 2016

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Part 1. Assault and Related Offenses

back to top76-5-109.1. Commission of domestic violence in the presence of a child

(1) As used in this section:

(a) “Cohabitant” has the same meaning as defined in Section 78B-7-102.

(b) “Domestic violence” has the same meaning as in Section 77-36-1.

(c) “In the presence of a child” means:

(i) in the physical presence of a child; or

(ii) having knowledge that a child is present and may see or hear an act of domestic violence.

(2) A person commits domestic violence in the presence of a child if the person:

(a) commits or attempts to commit criminal homicide, as defined in Section 76-5-201, against a cohabitant in the presence of a child; or

(b) intentionally causes serious bodily injury to a cohabitant or uses a dangerous weapon, as defined in Section 76-1-601, or other means or force likely to produce death or serious bodily injury against a cohabitant, in the presence of a child; or

(c) under circumstances not amounting to a violation of Subsection (2)(a) or (b), commits an act of domestic violence in the presence of a child.

(3)(a) A person who violates Subsection (2)(a) or (b) is guilty of a third degree felony.

(b) A person who violates Subsection (2)(c) is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.

(4) A charge under this section is separate and distinct from, and is in addition to, a charge of domestic violence where the victim is the cohabitant. Either or both charges may be filed by the prosecutor.

(5) A person who commits a violation of this section when more than one child is present is guilty of one offense of domestic violence in the presence of a child regarding each child present when the violation occurred.
Laws 1997, c. 303, § 5, eff. May 5, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 81, § 2, eff. May 4, 1998; Laws 2002, c. 81, § 1, eff. May 6, 2002; Laws 2008, c. 3, § 234, eff. Feb. 7, 2008; Laws 2009, c. 70, § 1, eff. May 12, 2009.