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Consequences of Different Sex Crimes in Arizona

The Arizona state laws define penalties and consequences for different sex crimes. Understanding the charges for each of these sex crimes can be difficult. When someone is accused of violating the laws related to sex crimes in Arizona, they not only face the legal penalties, but they face far reaching consequences. The offender will not only have to serve time in prison and pay fines, but they will also have to face other penalties which can prove to be disastrous for their professional and personal life.

Sex offenders in Arizona face difficulties when they try to move to find a new job, or a new place to live. To avoid these problems later on, it is advised to work with a qualified criminal defense attorney before the start of the criminal court process. Your defense lawyer will be aware of the laws and penalties and will take appropriate actions to have the charges reduced or dismissed. Some common sex crimes seen in Arizona include the following:

Indecent Exposure – Exposing your genitals, anus or breasts (except when breastfeeding) intentionally in public to another person in a manner that can offend or alarm them is considered indecent exposure. If the victim is a minor, less than 15 years of age, the offender will be charged with a Class 6 Felony which carries a prison sentence of up to 18 months and a presumptive sentence of 1 year. If the victim is 15 years or older, then the offender is charged with a Class 1 Misdemeanor which is punishable by 6 months in jail. A prior similar conviction will enhance the sentence significantly. For details, refer to A.R.S. 13-1402

Public Sexual Indecency – Engaging in any of several acts with another person such that the person could be alarmed or offended will be counted under public sexual indecency. Some common examples of these acts include trying to have sexual contact with that person, the act of having sexual or oral intercourse with that person, or the act of bestiality.

These acts don’t necessarily have to be performed “upon the victim,” but merely doing them in the presence of the victim will be enough to face criminal charges. Public sexual indecency is typically classified as a Class 1 Misdemeanor and carries a maximum sentence of up to 1 year in prison. In case the victim is a minor, then the offense is elevated to a Class 5 Felony which carries up to 2 years in prison with a presumptive 18 month sentence. For details, refer to A.R.S. 13-1403

Sexual Abuse – The act of having sexual contact with a person without their consent, who is 15 years or older, or having such contact that involves the female breast with a person under the age of 15 years is considered sexual abuse. For victims under the age of 15 years, the offense is classified as a Class 3 Felony and carries a potential 7 years in prison. For victims aged 15 years or more, the crime is classified as a Class 5 Felony and carries a potential 2 years in prison. For details, refer to A.R.S. 13-1404

Sexual Assault – Sexual assault, commonly known as rape, is the act of having sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with another person without their consent. The crime is classified as a Class 2 Felony and carries a maximum sentence of up to 14 years in prison. A first offense carries a presumptive 7 years in prison. Prior similar convictions will lead to harsher penalties. A second offense sexual assault carries a maximum penalty of 21 years in prison with a presumptive sentence of 10 ½ years. These penalties further increase with two or more prior similar convictions.

In case of sexual assault cases, the sentence cannot be suspended, neither can it be pardoned or paroled. For details, refer to A.R.S. 13-1406


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