In Arizona, sex crimes are prosecuted harshly and carry various consequences. The stigma can be long-lasting and impact your family, employment, ability to vote and carry a firearm, and where you are permitted to reside. Sex crimes can be misdemeanors or serious felonies, and punishment can range from completing a diversion course to spending the rest of your life in prison.
If you face charges for any of the crimes Arizona recognizes as sexual offenses, an experienced Chandler sex crimes lawyer could review your case and tailor the best defense for your situation. It is crucial that you reach out to the dedicated attorneys at Grand Canyon Law Group today to begin discussing your case.
There are various types of sex crimes in Arizona. The most serious charges are those that involve children, such as molestation of a child, sexual conduct with a minor, and possession of child pornography. Under Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-1410, a person can be convicted of child molestation if they engage in sexual contact with a child who is age 14 or younger. The law (A.R.S. § 13-1405) also prohibits engaging in sexual acts with a child under age 18 as sexual conduct with a minor. The penalties for this offense vary depending on the age of the alleged victim. The most serious consequences are reserved for those defendants who engage in sexual acts with children under age 15. Other examples of sex crimes include:
Punishment for sex crimes can include:
An experienced attorney at our firm can further explain the factors that might mitigate or aggravate a defendant’s sentence for sex crimes, such as previous criminal history.
Defenses to sex crimes often involve law enforcement mistakes, such as not advising a suspect of Miranda rights or failing to get a search warrant. A defendant and their attorney could also argue that they have an airtight alibi or are the victim of mistaken identity.
Our legal team is also skilled at tailoring defenses for the particular sex crime charges. For instance, a person younger than 19 or attending high school who engages in consensual sex with a minor over the age of 15 and less than two years younger than them could use Romeo and Juliet clauses as a defense to statutory rape charges. A diligent sex crimes lawyer at our firm could analyze a particular case to determine the right defense for the circumstances.
Arizona’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) oversees sex offender compliance. Once a convicted offender is released from custody, law enforcement and local government agencies have 72 hours to report the release to the DPS. The report discloses the release date and information about the offender, as well as a risk assessment to help determine if the offender is at risk of committing another sex crime. Scores range from 1 for low risk to 3 for high risk.
Convicted offenders are may be required to register with the DPS within ten days of release from custody. If an offender fails to register, a warrant for arrest will be issued for this Class 4 felony.
The DPS notifies law enforcement in the community a sex offender plans to reside in. If the offender is assessed a risk level of 2 or 3, the community and possible employers will be notified within 45 days through flyers distributed in nearby neighborhoods, schools, and community groups. A press release will also be issued. Because a sex crime conviction can have such a severe impact on a person’s reputation and future prospects, it is necessary for anyone facing these charges to get rigorous legal representation from our skilled attorneys.
If you are charged with a sex crime, it could have a drastic effect on your freedom and reputation. To protect your way of life, you need a seasoned attorney to aggressively combat the charges against you.
If you are under investigation or have been arrested for sexual offenses, speak with a Chandler sex crimes lawyer at Grand Canyon Law Group as soon as possible. Call today to consult with one of our dedicated attorneys.