Why You Need a Phoenix Sex Crime Lawyer On Your Side
The criminal justice system in Arizona takes sex crimes very seriously. These charges have some of the harshest penalties of all the crimes that persons can be charged with.
If you’ve been charged with a sex crime, you could face long prison sentences, large fines, probation, community service, sex offender registration, and other long-term consequences if convicted, including a long prison sentence, significant fines, probation, community service, sex offender registration, and other long-term consequences.
You should take your charges seriously and get legal advice from an experienced sex crimes attorney as soon as feasible. Gurion Legal’s Phoenix criminal defense lawyers understand how to defend against serious sex allegations and are ready to assist you in constructing a compelling defense to your charges.
Being charged with a sex crime does not guarantee that you will be convicted. Criminal charges aren’t proof of guilt, and they can’t be used against you. However, some people wrongly accuse others of committing sex offenses, and even if you are innocent, you might be convicted of a terrible crime.
Defenses Against Sexual Crimes at Gurion Legal
Sex offenses have a negative connotation. With the guidance of a skilled attorney, it is possible to successfully fight against sex offense charges.
Our skilled defense attorney can carefully examine the evidence against you in order to identify the most effective defenses.
The following are some of the defenses that may be available:
- DNA evidence that has been improperly stored, collected, transported, or analyzed
- The victim is untrustworthy.
- Romeo and Juliet as a statutory rape defense
- When the victim was between the ages of 15 and 17, you were charged with sexual abuse or sexual behavior with a minor due to a lack of knowledge of the
- victim’s age.
In Arizona, there are various types of sex crimes.
In Arizona, a variety of offenses can be charged as sex crimes. An outline of some of the numerous forms of sex offenses that can be charged in the state can be found below.
ARS 13-1406 – Sexual Assault
People can be charged with sexual assault under ARS 13-1406 if they engage in oral sex or sexual intercourse with others without their consent, knowingly or willfully. Rape is the most frequent name for this crime, and it is one of the most serious sex offenses you may be charged with in Arizona.
Sexual assault is a crime that is designated as a Class 2 offense. If you are convicted of rape for the first time, you will face a mandatory minimum term of 5.25 years and a maximum sentence of 14 years in jail.
If you have previously been convicted of an allegable felony and are convicted of sexual assault for the second time, you might face a sentence of up to 21 years in prison. You might face up to 28 years in jail if you are convicted of sexual assault and have two prior allegable felony charges on your criminal record.
A conviction for sexual assault can result in a fine of up to $150,000, as well as lifetime sex offender registration and additional consequences.
ARS 13-1405 Sexual Misconduct with a Minor / Statutory Rape
People who are 18 or older and have sexual intercourse or oral sex with a minor under the age of 18 can be prosecuted with sexual behavior with a minor under ARS 13-1405. Statutory rape is the common name for this crime. It is a Class 6 felony if the juvenile is between the ages of 15 and 17.
Sexual behavior with a kid under the age of 15 is a Class 2 felony that is prosecuted as a hazardous crime against children. The sanctions for dangerous crimes against minors are substantially harsher than the punishments for other Class 2 felonies.
A conviction for sexual conduct with a juvenile as a hazardous crime against children, depending on the minor’s age, can result in a life sentence in prison.
If you are convicted of sexual behavior with a minor as a DCAC, you will be placed on sex offender probation and for the rest of your life will be required to register as a sex offender.
People convicted of DCAC sexual behavior with a minor must spend the entirety of their jail sentences and are not eligible for parole early release.
ARS 13-3553: Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
Sexual exploitation of a minor is punishable under ARS 13-3553 for a variety of behaviors, including possessing, producing, sending, distributing, and receiving visual photographs or films of minors engaged in sex acts.
This is frequently referred to as child pornography, and it is a Class 2 felony as well as a hazardous crime against children. If the minor is under the age of 15, the offense is penalized under ARS 13-705’s heightened penalties.
If you are convicted for the first time of sexual exploitation of a youngster under the age of 15, you might face a prison sentence of 10 to 24 years.
If you’re convicted of more than one count of sexual exploitation of a minor under the age of 15, you’ll have to complete each count’s sentence in order.
In other words, for each image or video found in your possession, you might face a minimum of ten years in prison. If you are found guilty of possessing several pictures, you might face a sentence of up to the remainder of your life in jail.
ARS 13-1410: Child Molestation
If you knowingly or willfully have sexual contact with a kid aged 14 or younger, including manipulating, touching, or fondling a child’s genitals or anus, you can be charged with child molestation under ARS 13-1410. This violation, however, does not apply to circumstances in which merely a woman’s breasts are contacted.
If you cause another individual to engage in these behaviors, you may be charged with child molestation.
For a first offense, child molestation is a Dangerous Crime Against Children (DCAC) and a Class 2 felony punishable by 10 to 24 years in jail.
ARS 13-1404: Sexual Abuse of a Minor
If you have sexual contact with someone between the ages of 15 and 17 without their agreement, you can be prosecuted with sexual abuse under ARS 13-1404. If you sexually contact a female’s breasts who is younger than 15 years old, you may be charged with this crime.
It is a Class 5 felony and not a Dangerous Crime Against Children if the victim is between the ages of 15 and 17. (DCAC).
If the victim is under the age of 15, however, it is a Class 3 felony with a DCAC.
ARS 13-1428: Sexual Extortion
People who use threats or compulsion to persuade someone else to engage in sexual behavior, such as sexual contact, sexual intercourse, explicit movies or images, or sexual exhibitions, can be prosecuted with sexual extortion under ARS 13-1428.
Sexual extortion is a felony of the third degree. Sexual extortion is a Class 2 felony DCAC for victims under the age of 15.
ARS 13-1402: Indecent Exposure
People can be prosecuted with indecent exposure under ARS 13-1402 if they recklessly expose their anuses, genitals, or female nipples in front of another person, regardless of whether the other person is offended.
For a first or second violation, indecent exposure is a Class 1 misdemeanor. It’s a Class 6 felony if the victim is under the age of 15, or if it’s the third offense.
ARS 13-1403: Public Sexual Indecency
You can be prosecuted with public sexual immorality under ARS 13-1403 if you and another person engage in sex actions in front of a third party regardless of whether the third party is offended.
If the third party is at least 15, public sexual immorality is a Class 1 misdemeanor. When the third party is under the age of 15, it is a Class 5 felony.
ARS 13-3214 Prostitution / Soliciting Sexual Acts
You can be charged with prostitution under ARS 13-3214 if you offer to perform sex acts for money or accept an offer of sex acts for money. If you are convicted for the first offense, you will serve 15 days in prison.
If you are convicted of prostitution for the second time, you will be sentenced to 30 days in prison. If you get a third conviction, you’ll be sentenced to 60 days in prison.
If you are convicted of prostitution for the fourth time, it is a Class 5 felony that carries a minimum required term of 180 days in jail or up to 2.5 years in prison if you have no previous felony convictions.
ARS 13-1425: Unlawful Disclosure of Sexual Pictures or Videos
If you share graphic movies or images of someone else without their consent, you can be prosecuted with unlawful disclosure of sexual pictures or videos under ARS 13-1425. If a person’s identify may be seen in a photograph or video while they have a reasonable expectation of privacy, and you disclosed the photograph or video with the aim to intimidate, harass, coerce, threaten, or damage them, you may be charged with this felony.
Unlawful disclosure is a felony of the fifth degree. It is, however, a Class 4 felony if the photo or video is sent electronically.
If you threaten to reveal the photo or video but don’t follow through, you might still be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Under ARS 13-3554, luring a minor for sexual exploitation is illegal.
If you solicit or offer sexual behavior with a juvenile under the age of 18, you could be charged with luring a minor for sexual exploitation under ARS 13-3554. This is a Class 3 crime that is usually filed after a sex sting operation by the police.
Luring a juvenile for sexual exploitation is a DCAC that carries a punishment of five to 15 years for minors under the age of 14. If you use a smartphone, computer, laptop, or mobile device to transmit a film or picture that is detrimental to a minor in order to solicit or offer sexual behavior with him or her, you can be charged with aggravated enticing of a minor for sexual exploitation under ARS 13-3560.
The fact that the individual you solicited was an adult police officer rather than a juvenile is not a defense to this conduct.
ARS 13-3206: Child Sex Trafficking / Taking a Child for Prostitution
If you remove a juvenile away from his or her guardian, parent, or any person with legal care to prostitute them, you can be charged with child sex trafficking or taking a child for prostitution under ARS 13-3206. It is a Class 4 felony if the victim is between the ages of 15 and 17. If the victim is under the age of 15, the DCAC is a Class 2 felony.
The following are some of the other sex crimes committed in Arizona:
- Surreptitious recording is a type of recording that is done without the knowledge of
- A youngster is sexually abused on a regular basis.
- Sexual misconduct by police officers, jail or prison employees, or probation officers with inmates or probationers
- Professionals in the behavioral health field have been accused of sexual misconduct.
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If you have been charged with a sex offense, you should consult with an expert defense attorney at Gurion Legal to learn about your choices and possible defenses.
Years in prison, lifetime sex offender registration, large fines, sex offender probation, and other penalties may be imposed if you are convicted of a sex crime.
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