Different Types of Sexual Offenses in Arizona

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Different Types of Sexual Offenses in Arizona

There are many different types of sexual acts that the state of Arizona considers to be criminal offenses. Arizona Revised Statute 13-1401-1428 makes up quite a substantial section of the state’s penal code. Here’s a brief summary of the acts that qualify as sexual offenses in Arizona. 

List of Sexual Offenses in Arizona

1. Indecent exposure

While indecent exposure includes showing the nipple or areola of a breast it does not include the act of chest-feeding children. 

2. Public sexual indecency

Is counted engaging in sexual acts with others present who are unwilling participants. Just because the word public is in the title does not mean it has to be outside the house. It also includes engaging in sexual acts, in a home, without taking precautions in making sure children cannot see you.  

3. Sexual conduct with a minor (18 or younger) 

It is important to note that Arizona has Romeo and Juliet laws, to protect teenagers between the ages of 15-19. If the teenagers are no more than two years apart in age, it is legal for them to have consensual sexual relations. 

4. Sexual assault 

A person is not able to consent to sex if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or under age. 

5. Violent sexual assault 

This charge can carry a sentence of natural life in prison if the assailant has a prior felony conviction, and the use (or threat) of a weapon is involved. 

6. Adultery 

Yes, you can be charged with adultery in Arizona. This charge is not as common as it once was, but it can still be a crime.

7. Molestation of a child 

Arizona defines a child as a minor under the age of 15.

8. Beastiality 

This class 6 felony does not include accepted husbandry practices practiced by professionals. 

9. Continuous sexual abuse of a child  

For the purpose of this offense continuous is considered three or more times. 

10. Voyeurism 

Offenders are often referred to as ‘Peeping Toms’, and includes not just spying on others but also taking pictures of videos of them as well. 

11. Revenge porn 

This crime involves the unauthorized distribution of photos or videos depicting a person who is naked or in a sexual situation. If the victim is a minor, the charges could also include child pornography, with much harsher penalties.  

12. Sexual extortion

For example threatening a person’s property or livelihood in exchange for sexual acts, or pictures of their body. 

Penalties for These Crimes Range Greatly

Due to the nature of sexual misconduct charges in Arizona, it is hard to give specific penalties for each crime. Each of the different actions on the list has a different punishment depending on many different factors, like the age of the accused, the age of victims, previous convictions, and situations involving drugs or alcohol.

For example, sexual exposure crimes can have very different penalties, with charges ranging from misdemeanors to felonies, depending on the age and number of victims. Sexual crimes also carry hefty penalties along with jail or prison terms. Convictions for sexual offenses often exclude you from things like the felony diversion program and record expungement for both adults and minors

Criminal Defense Attorney in the Phoenix Area

If you have been charged with a sexual offense, consulting a lawyer is the best thing you can do. As mentioned above, situations involving sexual crimes are often very complicated, and the charges and penalties can range greatly. Having an experienced attorney, like Todd Coolidge, could be the difference between prison and freedom. 

With over 25 years of experience in criminal defense, Todd Coolidge knows how the Arizona court system works. His team understands every aspect of the penal code, and the common difficulties you might face with sexual offense charges in Arizona. We know how important it is to pay attention to every detail so we can secure the best outcome for our clients. Contact us today for a consultation on your case.


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