Sex Crimes Attorney
Facing Criminal Accusations in Gilbert or Mesa? We Can Help!
Any criminal charge could negatively impact on your life, but sex crimes
carry a certain stigma that often result in irreparable personal and professional
damage. If you are facing charges for a sex crime, it is crucial to take
immediate action in order to defend your rights and protect your future.
Penalties for sex crime convictions can be steep in Arizona, and building
a solid legal defense is imperative.
At McPhie Law, we understand how to defend our clients from sex crime accusations.
Our attorneys have handled thousands of cases, both misdemeanors and felonies,
and we are confident in our ability to provide outstanding legal defense.
The legal counsel we provide is always confidential, respectful, and nonjudgmental.
To schedule a free initial consultation, call our firm at (480) 568-2778.
Arizona State Laws
In the state of Arizona, sex crimes can fall under a number of different
categories. The charges depend on the age of the alleged victim, the type
of incident that occurred, and the relationship between the defended and
the alleged victim, among other factors.
Arizona sex crimes include:
- Child molestation: Charges for child molestation involve knowingly and intentionally touching
a child under the age of 15 inappropriately and sexually. Classified as
a class 2 felony, conviction could result in up to 27 years in prison.
- Statutory rape: Also referred to as sexual conduct with a minor, statutory rape is any
sexual contact with a person under the age of 15, even if they were willing.
Persons under the age of 15 are considered too young to legally provide
consent. Statutory rape is classified as a class 6 felony, but could be
classified as a class 2 if the defendant was a parent or legal guardian
of the minor in question, a teacher, or a clergyman.
- Indecent exposure: If a person reveals private body parts to another person in an offensive
way, it could be considered indecent exposure. This could be classified
as a class 1 misdemeanor, or a class 6 if the offended person was a child.
- Sexual exploitation of a minor: A few different crimes could be classified as sexual exploitation of children,
including commercial exploitation in a sexual way, such as filming a child
or using digital communication to solicit sexual conduct with a minor.
- Sexual abuse: A person commits an act of sexual abuse by knowingly engaging in sexual
contact with a person over the age of 15 who has
not given consent. Sexual abuse also includes intentional contact with the
female breast with a person under the age of 15. If the victim is an adult,
the crime is classified as a class 5 felony, or class 3 for children.
- Prostitution: In Arizona, prostitution crimes extend to include any active involvement
with prostitution, like procuring individuals for prostitution, receiving
prostitution earnings, and other such activities. Depending on the type
of involvement, the crime can be classified as a misdemeanor or felony.
- Sexual assault: Also referred to as rape, sexual assault is defined as engaging in sexual
intercourse or oral contact with a person without their consent. Sexual
assault is a class 2 felony and could result in serious penalties, especially
if the victim was physically harmed or date-rape drugs were involved.
Defend Your Rights
The penalties for sexual crimes can be severe, sometimes resulting in lifetime
imprisonment and thousands of dollars in fines. We conveniently have 2
office locations to better serve clients in the Gilbert and Mesa areas.
To protect your reputation and your future, contact our firm for legal
Contact McPhie Law
to discuss your case with a criminal defense lawyer.