Luring a Minor for Sexual Exploitation – A.R.S. § 13-3554

Luring a minor for sexual exploitation in violation of Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) § 13-3554 is a Class 3 Felony in Arizona and carries serious penalties.

To prove their case, the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant offered or solicited sexual conduct with another person knowing or having reason to know that the other person is a minor.

It is not a defense to this crime that the other person is not a minor, meaning you can charged in sting operations where undercover cops pretend to be minors.

How Is Luring a Minor Punished

The punishment for Luring a Minor for a violation of A.R.S. § 13-3554 varies based on the age of the minor.

If the minor is under 15 years old, then you face 5 to 15 years in prison.

If the minor is older than 15, then the offense is a “regular” Class 3 Felony, with a prison range of 2 to 8.75 years, and the possibility of lifetime probation.

Regardless of the age of the victim, the maximum fine is $150,000 plus surcharges, and registration as a sex offender is required.

Prior felony convictions can increase the penalties.

How Do You Defend These Allegations?

A good sex crimes attorney begins by attacking the elements of the offense.  “Sexual conduct” is defined by A.R.S. § 13-3551 as any of the following:

  • Sexual intercourse, including genital-genital, oral-genital, anal-genital, or oral-anal, regardless of the sex of the parties
  • Penetration of the vagina or rectum by any object except when done as part of a medical procedure
  • Sexual bestiality
  • Masturbation for purposes of sexual stimulation of the viewer
  • Sadomasochistic abuse for the purpose of sexual stimulation of the viewer
  • Defecation or urination for the purpose of sexual stimulation of the viewer

Showing that these, in fact, did not occur, can be done through an independent investigation.

Often times in cases involving sting operations the affirmative defense of entrapment may be a viable option.

A good sex crimes attorney will also ensure that your constitutional rights were respected.  These include your:

  • Miranda rights
  • Right to counsel
  • 4th Amendment Rights

A conviction for Luring a Minor for a violation of A.R.S. § 13-3554 alters your life forever with prison time and lifetime sex offender registration.  Don’t face these allegations alone.  Gurion Legal offers a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization to help you.  Contact us today for your free consultation.  The first step is meeting so we can begin forming your defense.

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