Child Molestation Charges in Arizona
There is considerable stigma relating to
sex crimes of all kinds; if you have been criminally charged, you will find that
you are fighting an uphill battle to defend yourself. This, however, is
never more true than when you are facing a sex-related crime that involves
a child. Accusations of child abuse and child molestation are a main focus
of headlines and can lead to a bitter courtroom battle that can, unfortunately,
have more to do with bias and opinions that the fact of the case. While
you are legally required to be considered innocent until proven guilty,
defendants in cases such as this will be fighting the natural bias - which
further complicate and already complex case.
Arizona Child Molestation Charges - Know the Facts
The state of Arizona takes criminal charges relating to child molestation
extremely seriously, the penalties that associated are severe and if you
find yourself facing something such as this, you will need to be sure
that you're doing everything that you can to protect your legal rights.
The criminal offenses involving child molestation can be found in §13-705
of the Arizona Criminal Code, under the section pertaining to dangerous
crimes committed against children.
While penalties may vary depending on the specific facts and circumstances
involved in a case, the general guidelines are incredibly harsh:
- Life imprisonment without parole for assault or sexual conduct crimes involving
minors under 12
- A minimum 13 year sentence to a maximum 27 year sentence in cases where
life imprisonment is not pursued
- Cases involving molestation in the first degree can also result in imprisonment
between 10 - 24 years (§13-705(d))
Arrested for child molestation in Phoenix? Contact our firm!
If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges involving a sex crime
against a minor, it is important to understand that your future is at
stake. If you are looking to defend your legal rights, you should be focused
on contacting a criminal defense lawyer at Knowles Law Firm, PLC. Over
the years, we have been successful in handling the most complex of cases
and have demonstrated that they can be trusted. To schedule your initial
case consultation regarding your case,
contact our firm today.