Immediate Referral to Local Phoenix Sex Crime Attorney
Allegations involving crimes of a sexual manner may result in very serious repercussions. Regardless of whether the accusations result from unintentional contact or even that the accused was unaware their actions were unlawful, criminal charges resulting from sex offenses may result in the following: incarceration (jail or prison sentence), monetary fines, registration as a sex offender, restrictions on employment opportunities, inability to pursue or maintain opportunities in education, damage to family law matters including child custody and parenting time, and tarnishing of one’s relationships and reputation. These consequences are heightened in cases of violent nature, those brought against a child, and when the accused has a previous criminal record.
AZ Criminal Defense Group can connect you with a sex crime attorney to defend against crimes of a sexual nature
Not all sex crime criminal charges result in a conviction. For this reason, it is critical that any individual accused of such a crime consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. By obtaining quality local legal representation, such criminal defendants can ensure the best possible defense against the allegations they are facing. AZ Criminal Defense Group provides an immediate referral to local Phoenix sex crime attorney for legal representation against sexual charges in Arizona. For more information, contact AZ Criminal Defense Group at (844) ATTY-NET or submit a free case review form today.
Information on Sexual Crimes in Phoenix
If you have been charged with a sex crime criminal offense, the consequences of a conviction vary based on the specific charge in question. For this reason, it is important that you understand the crime at hand. An introduction to common sexual crimes as defined in the Arizona Revised Statutes can be found below:
Indecent Exposure – ARS § 13-1402
An individual may be charged with indecent exposure if they expose their genitals, anus, female areola or nipples in the presence of another individual. The accused muse be acting in a reckless manner in which a reasonable person would find the actions offensive. This crime may be charged as a class 1 misdemeanor or a class 6 felony.
Violent Sexual Assault – ARS § 13-1423
Charges of violent sexual assault arise if an individual intentionally or knowingly engages in sexual abuse or sexual assault and if they either use a deadly weapon in commission of the crime or they have a history of previous sexual offense and knowingly inflict serious physical harm on the victim. This is a very serious offense that can potentially result in life imprisonment.
Sexual Misconduct – ARS § 13-1418
Under this statute, behavioral health professionals including psychiatrists and psychologists may be charged with sexual misconduct if they intentionally or knowingly engage in sexual intercourse with a client currently under their care or supervision. This statute does not apply once the client has completed care or supervision. This crime is considered a class 6 felony.
Sexual Exploitation of a Minor – ARS § 13-3552
This offense is commonly referred to as child pornography. An individual may be charged with sexual exploitation of a minor if they knowingly employ, persuade or coerce a minor to engage in exploitive behavior or to assist others in such engagement for the purpose of producing any visual depiction of a sexual act. Sexual exploitation of a minor may result in class 2 felony charges.
Sexual Assault – ARS § 13-1406
Charges of sexual assault can arise if any individual intentionally or knowingly engages in a sexual act involving intercourse or oral sexual conduct without the consent of the involved party. This criminal offense charged as a class 2 felony and includes a minimum mandatory period of incarceration.
Sexual Abuse – ARS § 13-1404
Charges of sexual abuse can arise if any individual intentionally or knowingly engages in sexual contact with another individual who is 15 years or older without their consent. Such charges can also arise when such an individual intentionally or knowingly and without consent engages in sexual contact with the breasts of another individual under the age of 15. This crime may be charged as either a class 5 or a class 3 felony.
Sexual Conduct with a Minor – ARS § 13-1405
This charge is also known as statutory rape. An individual may face charges of sexual conduct with a minor if they intentionally or knowingly
engage in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with any individual under the age of 18. Charges associated with this crime vary with the age of the minor, and may be considered a class 2 or class 6 felony.
Child Molestation – ARS § 13-1410
An individual may be charged with child molestation if they intentionally or knowingly engage in or cause a person to engage in sexual contact with an individual less than 15 years of age. This statute does not consider sexual contact with a female’s breast as child molestation. Child molestation is considered a class 2 penalty in Arizona.
Additional Information on Arizona Criminal Charges
Defend Against an Arizona Sexual Crime Charge
Not all sex crime charges result in convictions. In fact, the Arizona Revises Statutes list affirmative defenses available to those charged with crimes of a sexual nature. When a defendant takes an affirmative defense, they are admitting that the act in question took place but alleging that circumstances exist to avoid prosecution. Common affirmative defenses against sexual crimes including sexual abuse or sexual contact with a minor can be found below.
- An individual may be able to avoid prosecution if the act in question was in part of a lawful medical practice
- An individual may be able to avoid prosecution if the victim was between 15 and 17 years old and the accused did not and could not reasonably know the victim’s age
- An individual may be able to avoid prosecution if the victim was the spouse of the accused at the time the act occurred
- An individual may be able to avoid prosecution if the offender was not motivated by sexual interest
- An individual may be able to avoid prosecution if the alleged victim was between 15 and 17 years old and the accused was under 19 years old or in high school, and the accused was no more than 24 months older than the victim at the time the consensual act occurred
Resources Related to Sexual Crimes
Arizona Department of Public Safety: Website provided by the Arizona Department of Public Safety to inform the public of the location of those convicted of sexual criminal offenses in their community.
Arizona Revised Statutes: Arizona Revised Statutes defining all sexual offenses and the penalties associated with such charges under Arizona state law.
Sex Offenders Registration
Under Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-3821, individuals convicted of sexual offenses in Arizona are required to register as part of a database which maintains a list of convicted sex offenders by county. This information is available through interactive search or comprehensive list.
Not all crimes require registration as a sex offender. As defined under Arizona Revised Statutes, information is only provided for sex offenders with risk assessment scores of Level 2 (Intermediate) or Level 3 (High). Convicted crimes requiring registry as a sex offender include:
- Sexual abuse
- Sexual conduct with a minor
- Sexual assault
- Molestation of a child
- Continuous sexual abuse of a child
- Child prostitution
- Sexual exploitation of a minor
- Sex trafficking of a minor
- Repeated indecent exposure