In Gilbert, sexual offenses are prosecuted aggressively. The prosecutors at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and at the Town of Gilbert Prosecutor’s Office take these cases seriously. Both agencies pursue harsh consequences against those accused. If you are facing these types of charges, you need rigorous legal representation from a skilled attorney.
The lawyers at the Grand Canyon Law Group are former prosecutors who know how to successfully handle trials for sex crimes in Gilbert. We can provide experienced legal counsel and aggressive defense for accused individuals to minimize or avoid the potential penalties of a conviction.
Sexual offenses are all jury trial eligible, regardless of whether they are misdemeanors or felonies. Before the trial, the police will try to gather medical and forensic evidence, as well as statements from the accused person and the alleged victim. The prosecution may use all of these types of material to prove a person’s guilt in court.
In a sex crimes case, the credibility of the alleged victim is critically important. Often, the prosecution does not have any physical or medical evidence against the accused, so testimony becomes an important aspect of the trial. If the alleged victim is a child, their family members, the police, or even the prosecution may influence them to say certain things in court. It is a defense attorney’s job to investigate whether the alleged victim has been unduly influenced in any way leading up to and during the sex crimes trial.
There are many common constitutional issues that our lawyers will look for when preparing for a sex crimes trial. For instance, the Fourth Amendment states that the police must have a warrant to search or seize a person’s property, and probable cause to arrest them. At our firm, we make sure that we review every aspect of the sex crimes case for any police misconduct that may have violated a person’s rights.
Our attorneys are also on the lookout for Fifth Amendment issues where the police deprive a person of the right not to incriminate themselves during an interrogation. For instance, if a detective did not advise someone of their Miranda rights, this would constitute a Fifth Amendment violation.
Additionally, a person’s right to counsel is protected by the Sixth Amendment. If the police get statements from a person who asks to speak with their attorney, a skilled lawyer could use this as evidence of a constitutional violation. This may lead to the statements being thrown out, thus weakening the prosecution’s case.
If a person is convicted of a sex crime, there may be certain laws mandating how the judge must sentence them. Mandatory sentencing for sex crimes is severe, and a defendant could be facing many years in prison.
The best way to minimize the harsh impact of these charges is to avoid a conviction with help from a savvy attorney. The local attorneys at Grand Canyon Law Group have a track record of success in sex crimes cases and trials and can help find the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.
Violent sex crimes are treated differently because they are punished more severely. For instance, if someone is accused of sexual assault using a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, they face much harsher punishments. Many times, the prosecution will push for a maximum sentence.
When the stakes are so high, it is crucial for the accused to work with skilled legal counsel on a defense strategy before and during their sex crimes trial. At Grand Canyon Law Group, our attorneys are experienced in defending violent sex crime charges and mitigating the potential consequences.
If you are facing trial for a sexual offense, do not delay in getting the legal representation you need. The right lawyer can make all the difference in the outcome of your case and the impact these charges have on the rest of your life.
The former prosecutors at Grand Canyon Law Group know how to find the holes in the case against you and argue relentlessly on your behalf. Call us today to learn more about trials for sex crimes in Gilbert and begin discussing your situation.