Child Molestation Charges

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))

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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.

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