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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 100 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
- Tainted Evidence
- Mistaken Identity
- Mental Illness
- Illegal Search & Seizure of Evidence
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.
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.