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, 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. 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
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 the age of 15 years old.
§ 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.
Failure to Register
Anyone convicted of a sex offense who does not register as a sex offender or verify their registration as required by law is susceptible to additional criminal charges according to Article 3, Chapter 38 of the criminal code.
Engaging in prostitution, whether as a prostitute, someone hiring a prostitute or as a pimp, is against Chapter 32 of the Arizona criminal codes. Depending on the type of prostitution offense, this crime can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony.
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 and misdemeanors.
- 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.
Contacting a Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney
At Knowles Law Firm, 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 free consultation.