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If you are facing possible sex charges, please know that you have the right to speak with an attorney before you respond to any questions by the police.

Many times the police will attempt to use psychological tricks and guilt to obtain a “confession.” When in doubt, don’t talk on the phone, don’t submit to a lie detector test, and do not allow yourself to be interviewed before you speak with an experienced sex crimes attorney.

Furthermore, the police may use “confrontation calls” to try to get evidence against you.

If you receive a phone call from someone accusing you of committing a sex crime, be aware of the fact that the police may be recording this call and can use anything that you say against you. Our firm has a long history of winning criminal cases in Arizona.

Our law firm includes former sex crimes prosecutors. We understand that sex crimes can be falsely asserted in divorce and custody cases. We also understand that plenty of innocent people are wrongly accused. Our job is to win your sex crime case.

Here are some factors we look at:

  • Does the defendant have any criminal priors?
  • Were they in an existing relationship with the victim?
  • Was a confession or confrontation call made?
  • Did the defendant submit to a lie detector test?
  • Is there any DNA or other physical evidence?

What are sex crimes?

Sex crime is a broad term that includes a wide range of offenses. Examples of sex crime are: Indecent exposure, public sexual indecency, sexual abuse, sexual conduct with a minor, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, molestation of a child, and voyeurism.

All sex crimes are serious. If you have been accused of a crime with a sexual element, or believe you may be charged with such a crime, please contact an attorney immediately.

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 called a “confrontation call,” and is one way the police may investigate the alleged crime. 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. Instead, 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.

OffenseStatutePenalty
Indecent ExposureA.R.S. § 13-1402(C)Class 1 Misdemeanor
 Third in TimeA.R.S. § 13-1402(C)Class 6 Felony
Victim Under 15A.R.S. § 13-1402(C)Class 6 Felony
Third in Time Victim Under 15A.R.S. § 13-1402(D)Class 3 Felony

 

OffenseStatutePenalty
Public Sexual IndecencyA.R.S. § 13-1403(C)Class 1 Misdemeanor
Public Sexual Indecency Minor VictimA.R.S. § 13-1403(C)Class 5 Felony

 

OffenseStatutePenalty
Sexual AbuseA.R.S. §13-1404(C)Class 5 Felony
Sexual Abuse Victim Under 15A.R.S. § 13-1404(C)Class 3 Felony

 

OffenseStatutePenalty
Sexual Conduct with a MinorA.R.S. § 13-1405(B)Class 6 Felony
Sexual Conduct with a Minor Victim under 15A.R.S. § 13-1405(B)Class 2 Felony
Sexual Conduct with a Minor Position of TrustA.R.S. § 13-1405(B)Class 2 Felony

 

OffenseStatutePenalty
VoyeurismA.R.S. § 13-1424(A)Class 5 Felony
Voyeurism PhotographsA.R.S. § 13-1424(B)Class 5 Felony
Voyeurism Photographs Recognizable VictimA.R.S. § 13-1424(B)Class 4 Felony

 

OffenseStatutePenalty
Sexual AssaultA.R.S. § 13-1406Class 2 Felony
Molestation of a ChildA.R.S. § 13-1410Class 2 Felony

Prostitution is defined under Title 13, Chapter 32 of the Arizona Revised Statutes. Below are some common examples of prostitution offenses.

Prostitution

OffenseStatutePenalty
Enticement for ProstitutionA.R.S. § 13-3201Class 6 Felony
Procurement for ProstitutionA.R.S. § 13-3202Class 6 Felony
PanderingA.R.S. § 13-3209Class 5 Felony
Receiving Earnings of a ProstituteA.R.S. § 13-3204Class 5 Felony
Child Sex TraffickingA.R.S. § 13-3212Class 2 Felony
ProstitutionA.R.S. § 13-3214Class 1 Misdemeanor
Prostitution Fourth in TimeA.R.S. § 13-3214(E)(4)Class 5 Felony

If someone is accused of a crime and there is a sexual element, it is a sex crime. Common terms associated with sex crimes are: Lewd, indecent, molestation, enticement, solicitation, and prostitution.

Penalties

The penalties for sex crimes are wide-ranging, but almost every crime with a sexual element is a felony. Sex crimes statutes often contain language that increases the penalty for anyone who has two prior convictions of the same or similar crimes.

Every crime with a sexual element involving a child under the age of 15 falls under Arizona’s Dangerous Crimes against Children statute. Sex crimes involving children carry especially weighty penalties, including lengthy 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 accessible by 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.

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