Charged with a Sex Crime in Phoenix
Last Updated on
Todd Coolidge—Sex Crime Defense Attorney in Phoenix
The consequences of a sex crime conviction in Phoenix can be severe. However, there are many incidents where false allegations have been brought against an individual. In these situations, there are ways to build a strong defense against a sex crime charge.
Common defenses against a sex crime in Phoenix include:
- Mistaken identity
- Insufficient evidence
- Tainted evidence
- Mental illness
What Constitutes a Sex Crime in Phoenix?
The definition of a sex crime in Phoenix is wide-ranging in nature, as are the consequences. Common sex crime offenses include:
Indecent Exposure (ARS 13-1402)
You’ll face a class 1 Misdemeanor if you’re charged and convicted of indecent exposure. However, if the individual exposed to is under 15 years of age you can face up to a class 6 felony.
Sexual Abuse (ARS 13-1404)
Sexual abuse is defined as intentionally and knowingly engaging in certain sexual acts without the other person’s consent. These sexual acts are not as severe as those involved in sexual assault, but it is punishable as a class 5 felony. When the victim is younger than age 15, you’ll face a class 3 felony.
Sexual Misconduct (ARS 13-1418)
Any inappropriate sexual conduct on the part of a behavioral health professional with a client or patient is considered sexual misconduct and is punishable as a class 6 felony in Arizona.
Solicitation of Prostitution (City of Phoenix Code 23-52)
Under this Phoenix code, if a person offers to, agrees to, or commits an act of prostitution—or solicits prostitution—they are guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor.
Sexual Assault (ARS 13-1406)
Similar to sexual abuse, sexual assault occurs when a person intentionally or knowingly engages in sexual contact (intercourse or oral sex) with any person without the consent of such person. It is considered a class 2 felony.
Violent Sexual Assault (ARS 14-1323)
If sexual abuse or assault is committed involving the discharge, use, or threatening exhibition of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, or involves the intentional or knowing infliction of serious physical injury, it is considered violent sexual assault and can carry up to a life prison sentence.
When the Sex Crime Involves a Minor (Under age 15)
When a sex crime in Phoenix involves a minor, the punishment and penalties are much harsher. These crimes include child pornography, molestation of a child, and sexual misconduct with a minor. In our next post we’ll cover sexual conduct with a minor in Arizona in more detail.
Contact a Criminal Law Specialist Today
If you’ve been charged with a sex crime in Phoenix, time is of the essence. Some evidence is time-sensitive and is best collected for your defense as soon as possible. Don’t let your future hang in the balance; call Todd Coolidge today (480-264-5111) and let his 25 years of experience come to your defense!
Images used under creative commons license – commercial use (2/25/2019) Pixabay