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Some of the most serious and severely punished of all crimes in the state of Arizona are sex crimes. Even more minor offenses that do not involve bodily harm can be classified as a felony and incur a sentence of up to 1.5 years in jail or prison. Don't face your charges alone! The Phoenix sex crimes attorneys at MayesTelles PLLC have nearly 200 years of experience and have handled thousands of cases. We have the experience to combat your allegations.

Defense Against False Allegations

Some allegations of this nature are fabricated or exaggerated. These false accusations can come from a person who is angry, bitter, frightened or confused. Evidence that proves guilt beyond a reasonable doubt is essential for a conviction. Common defenses against sex crimes include:

  • Insufficient Evidence: This defense asserts that the prosecution lacks enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the alleged offense. If the evidence presented is weak or unreliable, it may not be sufficient to secure a conviction.
  • Tainted Evidence: This defense challenges the credibility or admissibility of the evidence presented by the prosecution. It may involve arguing that the evidence was obtained illegally or was tampered with, making it unreliable or inadmissible in court.
  • Mistaken Identity: This defense asserts that the defendant was misidentified as the perpetrator of the alleged offense. It may involve presenting evidence of an alibi or witnesses who can testify to the defendant's whereabouts at the time of the incident.
  • Consent: In cases where the alleged sexual activity was consensual, the defense may argue that the encounter was not non-consensual or coercive. This defense relies on demonstrating that the alleged victim willingly participated in the activity and did not withdraw consent at any point.
  • Innocence: This defense simply claims that the defendant did not commit the alleged offense. It may involve presenting evidence of the defendant's innocence, such as alibis, witnesses, or evidence that contradicts the prosecution's case.
  • Mental Illness: If the defendant has a mental illness or disorder, the defense may argue that they were not capable of forming the necessary intent to commit the alleged offense. Mental illness may impact a person's ability to understand the nature of their actions or to control their behavior.
  • Illegal Search & Seizure of Evidence: This defense challenges the legality of how evidence was obtained by law enforcement. If evidence was obtained through an illegal search or seizure, it may be deemed inadmissible in court, weakening the prosecution's case.

Child Pornography: ARS §13-3553

Arizona's child pornography law, Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-3553: Sexual exploitation of a minor, explains that an individual can be charged with a violation of this law if he or she knowingly:

  • Recorded, filmed, photographed, or in any other visual format showed a minor engaged in sexual conduct
  • Distributed (includes selling, purchasing, transmitting, etc.) sexually explicit material involving a minor.

In Arizona, sexual exploitation of a minor is a class 2 felony with more severe penalties for cases involving a victim under the age of 15.

Indecent Exposure: ARS §13-1402

Except for breastfeeding, exposing genitals, anus, or a woman's breasts constitutes indecent exposure, mainly if the person committed the act knowing that someone else would be offended or alarmed by it. Indecent exposure is charged as follows:

  • Class 1 Misdemeanor – Indecent exposure to an individual 15 years or older
  • Class 6 Felony – Indecent exposure with two or more priors
  • Class 6 Felony – Indecent exposure to an individual under the age of 15

Depending on the nature and severity of the offense, those convicted under this statute can face six to 15 years in prison.

Sexual Abuse: ARS §13-1404

Sexual abuse is a class 5 felony if the victim is 15 years or older and a class 3 felony if the victim is younger than that. The Arizona Revised Statutes defines sexual abuse as intentionally or knowingly engaging in sexual conduct with someone without their consent.

Sexual Assault: ARS §13-1406

Sexual assault involves engaging in sexual acts with a person without their consent and is a class 2 felony in Arizona. In addition, there are enhanced penalties for individuals convicted of sexual assault assisted by administering a drug, as well as a sexual assault committed by someone who had one or more historical prior felonies.

Molestation of a Child: ARS §13-1410

According to ARS §13-1410,

A person commits molestation of a child by intentionally or knowingly engaging in or causing a person to engage in sexual contact, except sexual contact with the female breast, with a child under fifteen years of age. B. Molestation of a child is a class 2 felony that is punishable according to section 13-705.

Sexual Misconduct: ARS §13-1418

Sexual misconduct involves misconduct on the part of a behavioral health professional such as a psychiatrist or psychologist. It is inappropriate for a behavioral health professional to engage in sexual relations with a patient, unless the physician-patient relationship has been dissolved. Violation of this statute is a class 6 felony in Arizona.

Solicitation of Prostitution: Phoenix Municipal Code 23-52

Phoenix has its own municipal code against soliciting prostitution. According to this municipal code, anyone who offers to, agrees to, commits, or solicits prostitution is guilty of a misdemeanor. It is usually charged as a class 1 misdemeanor.

Violent Sexual Assault: ARS §13-1423

Violent sexual assault is the aggravated form of sexual assault outlined in § 13-1406. What makes it aggravated is the use or threatened use of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.

Penalties for Sex Crime Conviction

In Arizona, the penalties for sex crime convictions can vary depending on the specific offense and circumstances involved. Here are some common types of penalties associated with sex crime convictions:

  • Prison Sentences: Convicted individuals may face significant prison sentences, ranging from several years to life imprisonment, depending on the severity of the offense. For example, convictions for serious sex offenses such as sexual assault or child molestation can result in lengthy prison terms.
  • Fines: In addition to imprisonment, individuals convicted of sex crimes in Arizona may be required to pay fines. These fines can vary in amount depending on the offense and may be imposed in addition to other penalties.
  • Sex Offender Registration: Convicted sex offenders in Arizona are required to register with law enforcement authorities. Registration involves providing personal information to be included in a public sex offender registry, which is accessible to the public. The duration and level of registration can vary depending on the offense and the offender's classification.
  • Probation: In some cases, individuals convicted of sex crimes may be sentenced to probation instead of or in addition to imprisonment. Probation typically involves strict supervision and adherence to certain conditions, such as regular check-ins with a probation officer, participation in sex offender treatment programs, and restrictions on contact with minors.
  • Sex Offender Treatment Programs: Courts may require convicted sex offenders to participate in sex offender treatment programs as part of their sentence. These programs aim to address underlying issues contributing to the offender's behavior and reduce the risk of reoffending.
  • Restrictions on Residency and Employment: Convicted sex offenders may face restrictions on where they can live or work, particularly in relation to proximity to schools, parks, or other places where children frequent. These restrictions, often referred to as "residency restrictions," aim to reduce the risk of reoffending and protect communities.
  • Civil Commitment: In some cases involving sexually violent offenses or individuals deemed to be sexually violent predators, Arizona law allows for civil commitment proceedings. This involves the indefinite confinement of the individual in a secure facility for treatment and supervision, even after they have completed their criminal sentence.

Contact a Phoenix Sex Crime Attorney

At MayesTelles PLLC, our lawyers give our all to the defense of each criminal case. Call now for a free initial consultation or fill out our online case evaluation to get started. After we review your case, we could guide you step-by-step through our legal process and provide you with experienced defense.

If you or someone you love has been accused of a sex offense, we invite you to contact our firm. Discuss your case with one of our defense lawyers in a free consultation and learn more about your options. We offer flexible payment plans and special discounts, so don't hesitate to call and find out what we could do for you. We are available 24/7.

We've Won Thousands of Cases

  • Multiple Counts of Sex Crimes

    Our client faced multiple charges, including: Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Voyeurism, and Tampering with Physical Evidence. We were able to get our client's charges reduced to one count of Negligent Child Abuse.

  • Client Faced 5 Felony Sex Offenses

    Our client, Mr. C., was charged with five counts of felony sex offenses, including two counts of Sex Conduct with a Minor and three counts of Molestation of a Child. We were able to get the case dismissed upon a successful Motion to Dismiss. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court

  • Client Charged with Prostitution

    MayesTelles was able to achieve a case dismissal on behalf of a client charged with Prostitution.

  • Dangerous Crime Against Children Charge

    Our client was charged with Sexual Conduct with a Minor, which in Arizona is a Dangerous Crime Against Children. We were able to take this serious felony sex offense and achieve a complete case dismissal for our client.

  • Client Acquitted in Jury Trial

    Client JG was charged with Indecent Exposure, a Class 1 Misdemeanor, in the East Mesa Justice Court. We had a jury trial and JG was acquitted of the charge.

  • Child Molestation, Sexual Conduct with a Minor, and Aggravated Assault

    Client RJ was falsely accused of 18 counts Child Molestation, Sexual Conduct with a Minor, and Aggravated Assault. During the course of their representation, the attorneys at MayesTelles were able to force the State to dismiss half of the counts. The case proceeded to trial on the remaining counts. Following a lengthy trial, the jury acquitted RJ of all charges.

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