Phoenix Sex Crime Attorney
Arrested for a Sex Crime in Phoenix, AZ?
If you or someone you care about was recently arrested for a sex crime,
you need aggressive legal representation and an attorney you can trust.
At Knowles Law Firm, PLC, our goal is to ensure that our clients are treated
fairly and with respect. We fight to defend our clients against sex offense
allegations because everyone has a right to representation. If you've
been accused of a sex crime, you are innocent until proven guilty. Trust
a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer at Knowles Law Firm, PLC. We are a team
made up of a former police officer and former prosecutors. Let our knowledge
of the justice system go to work for you!
Sex Crime Cases We Handle
§ 13-3553 of the Arizona criminal code describes child pornography
as any film or depiction of someone under the age of 18 engaged in a sexual
act. It is illegal to distribute, download, transport, sell, purchase
or possess this material.
Molestation of a child, according to § 13-1410 of the statutes, is
a class 2 felony offense punishable by 13 to 27 years in prison. It involves
knowingly engaging in sexual contact with someone under 15 years of age.
Failure to Register
Article 3, Chapter 38 of the criminal code states that anyone who has
been convicted of a sex crime who fails to register as a sex offender
or verify their registration can face additional criminal charges.
Prostitution crimes, including offering oneself as a prostitute, hiring
a prostitute, or pimping, is against Chapter 32 of the Arizona criminal
codes. Depending on the nature of the offense, an individual may face
either felony or misdemeanor charges.
Forced sexual contact can be classified as sexual assault, child molestation
or violent sexual assault. Since rape allegations typically involve the
use of force, violence and threatening, those convicted of rape can face
lifetime sex offender registration.
§ 13-404 describes sexual abuse as engaging in sexual contact with
someone over the age of 15 without that person's consent. This is
a class 5 felony unless it involved a victim under the age of 15, in which
case this would be charged as a class 3 felony.
§ 13-1406 and § 13-1423 describe the criminal offenses of sexual
assault and violent sexual assault. This crime involves knowingly and
intentionally engaging in sexual conduct with a person without their consent.
The criminal offense of sexual misconduct usually involves a professional
relationship that was breached, such as a doctor-patient relationship.
To learn more, view
§ 13-1418 of the codes.
Sex Offender Registration
In the state of Arizona, anyone who is convicted of a sexual offense will
be required to register and be monitored as a sex offender according to
Article 3 of Chapter 38 Arizona Criminal Code. There are three different
"tiers" of sex offenses categorized by severity. Each tier requires
a different length of registration and frequency of verification.
Tier 1 offenses require 15 years on the sex offender registry with the requirement
to verify registration every year. These sex offenses include both felonies
Tier 2 offenses require the offender to register as a sex offender for 25 years
with semiannual verification. Offenses under this section are typically
nonviolent and involve children.
Tier 3 are the most severe offenses. Conviction for a tier 3 offense requires
lifetime registration with quarterly verification. Offenses typically
include violent sex offenses and sexual acts with young children.
Sex Crime Penalties & The Arizona Criminal Code
The bulk of sex offenses are listed in Chapter 14 of the Arizona Revised
Statutes (criminal code). Sex offenses that overlap with other types of
offenses are listed in other chapters. For example, sex trafficking is
a sex offense but also a kidnapping offense, so it is listed in Chapter
13 of the statutes. Public indecency is one of the least severe sex offenses
and, according to § 13-1403, this is a class 1 misdemeanor. If the
public indecency involved a child though, the charge will be raised to
a class 5 felony with the potential for eight years (minimum) imprisonment.
Listed below are various types of sex-related offenses and where they
can be found in the
Arizona Criminal Code:
- Sexual Offenses (general): Chapter 14
- Sex Trafficking: Chapter 13, § 1307
- Sexual Exploitation of Children: Chapter 35.1
- Prostitution: Chapter 32
- Sex Offender Registration and Monitoring: Chapter 38, Article 3
Common Defenses Against Sex Crime Allegations
Many sex crime allegations rise and fall based on the principle of intent.
Because the Arizona criminal codes specify that these crimes are committed
with intent, a common defense can be proving that there was no malicious
intent behind the act. For example, a statutory rape charge (sex with
a minor) may be dismissed if it can be shown that the defendant did not
know or could not have known that the victim was under the age of 18.
Enlisting representation from one of our Phoenix sex crime lawyers may
also be helpful because we can advise you on plea bargaining which could
result in reduced charges or sentence.
Serious Charges Demand Serious Representation
At Knowles Law Firm, PLC, we have what it takes to defend you against your
sex offense charge. We understand the shock and anxiety that you may be
facing in the wake of these serious allegations and can provide the counsel
you need for the best possible case results. We encourage you to call
us today so that we can learn more about your case during a