If someone calls you and accuses you of committing a sex crime, the police may be recording the call, and can use anything you say during the call against you. This is considered a “confrontation call,” and it is one way the police may investigate the alleged crime. Furthermore, you might also be asked to speak with the police and answer questions, or submit to a lie detector test.
If you believe you have been accused of a sex crime and are under investigation, do not speak on the phone or agree to speak with police under any circumstances. Instead of speaking to the police you contact an attorney and allow your attorney to handle the case for you.
Sex crimes are defined in Title 13, Chapter 14 of the Arizona Revised Statutes. Below are some common examples of sex crimes.
If an individual is accused of a crime and there is a sexual element, it is a sex crime. There are many terms that are associated with sex crimes including: Lewd, indecent, molestation, enticement, solicitation, and prostitution.
Just how the term sex crimes is very broad, the penalties for these sex crimes are also wide-ranging. Having said that, almost every crime that involves a sexual elements in considered a felony. Also, sex crimes statutes or laws often contain sections within the law that increases the penalty for any individual who has been convicted of two of the same or similar crimes.
Every crime where there is a sexual element involving a child under the age of 15, it falls under the Arizona’s Dangerous Crimes against Children statute. Sex crimes involving children carry especially severe and serious penalties which can include a heavy mandatory prison sentences on first offenses. Arizona’s DCAC statute carries some of the harshest penalties in the United States.
In addition to the possibility of probation or prison, sex crimes statutes usually require that someone convicted of a sex offense register as a sex offender. Sex offender registration is generally for life, and information on the sex offender registry is made accessible to the public. This means that an employer performing a background check is almost certain to find out if someone is a sex offender. Failure to register as a sex offender is itself a crime.