Few types of criminal offenses are prosecuted more harshly and viewed more negatively by the public than those involving unlawful sexual conduct. Most charges under this category are felonies punishable by multiple years of imprisonment upon conviction. Even sex offenses classified as misdemeanors may include mandatory registration as a sex offender, among other penalties.
It is crucial to proactively fight sex crime allegations to protect your future. When the stakes are this high, you need a seasoned defense attorney on your side. A New River sex crimes lawyer at Grand Canyon Law Group can ensure you understand the state laws, potential penalties, and defense strategies for your specific charge.
Almost all offenses considered “sex crimes” in Arizona fall under one of the following six categories, all of which are codified in Title 13, Chapter 14 of the Arizona Revised Statutes:
The criminal classification of each offense varies based on the age of the person allegedly targeted by the defendant’s actions. For example, a person accused of indecently exposing themselves to an adult may be prosecuted for a class 1 misdemeanor offense. However, someone who engages in the same action in view of a minor under 15 years old may face a class 6 felony.
A person convicted of harming a person under 15 years old through any of the offenses listed above—except for indecent exposure and public sexual indecency—would be subject to enhanced sentencing ranges provided for under A.R.S. §13-705. This statute specifically addresses “dangerous crimes against children.” A knowledgeable attorney can provide more specific information about the penalties for certain sex crime charges in New River.
In addition to steep fines and jail or prison terms, individuals convicted of most sex-related criminal offenses may also be subject to mandatory sex offender registration in accordance with A.R.S. §§13-3821. With exceptions for certain juvenile offenders, all offenders required to enter the sex offender registry will remain in the registry for life.
Convicted individuals are sorted into different sex offender “levels” based on the court’s opinion regarding their risk of re-offending, with lower-level offenders having fewer restrictions and requirements imposed upon them. There are 19 factors that New River courts take into consideration when deciding what level to assign to a sex offender. Our dedicated lawyers could explain the impact of sex offender registration in further detail during a consultation.
Contesting sex crime allegations can be an uphill battle without legal counsel from a relentless defense attorney. Even if you have no record of any other criminal convictions, being found guilty of a sex-based offense could lead to lifelong consequences that may permanently affect your professional and interpersonal opportunities.
Assistance from a New River sex crimes lawyer is vital to achieving the best possible outcome in your case. Call Grand Canyon Law Group today to get the representation you need.