The State of Arizona takes sexual offenses very seriously. This is why they prosecute these cases to the fullest extent of the law. If convicted of a sex offense, the consequences are steep and the penalties involve fines and jail time. In addition to these consequences, the effects follow a person for the rest of their lives, such as having to register as a sex offender. This can have an impact on getting a job, finding a place to live, going to school, and being able to do anything that requires a background check.
If you or a loved one are being investigated for a sexual offense or you have been charged, you need an Arizona criminal defense lawyer who can help you through the obstacles who are standing before you. Your attorney knows the legal system and can help you reach a satisfactory conclusion to your case, such as dismissal, acquittal, or reduced charges. At the same time, your rights are upheld.
Defending Clients Against All Sexual Offenses
There are many types of sexual offenses that can involve other adults and they can involve children. The exact nature of the crime is what is going to determine the punishment. Some of the different types of sex crimes include:
- Child pornography
- Indecent exposure
- Sexual assault
- Sexual conduct with a minor
- Sexual exploitation of a minor
- Child molestation
- Sex abuse
- Date rape and spousal rape
In some cases, a person is properly charged with a sex crime and in other cases they are not properly charged or they shouldn’t be charged at all. Unfortunately, false accusations do happen. These accusations occur in child custody disputes and when someone simply wants to retaliate. If it is found that someone is making a false accusation, then they can be punished for that action.
Sex Crimes Against Children Defined
Sex offenses against children are very common. The first is sexual conduct with a minor, which involves sexual conduct with someone who is underage. Molestation of a child involves the indirect or direct sexual touching of a child under 15 years of age. Sexual exploitation of a minor can encompass a number of crimes, including the possession or distribution of child pornography. The penalties for crimes against children are very serious because a maximum sentence with aggravating factors present in the case can result in 27 years in prison, but the maximum sentence is 20 years. The minimum sentence is 13 years in prison. Your Arizona criminal defense attorney will work hard for you to help you receive the best outcome possible in the case.
Contact A Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney
A sexual offense accusation can change your life and a conviction can change it forever. With an experienced attorney by your side, you can receive the best possible result. This means it is possible to have the charges reduced or the case completely dismissed. To learn more about what Myles A. Schneider & Associates, LTD. can help you, call the office at 602-926-7373 24/7 for a free consultation.