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Even being accused of a sex crime is one of the most difficult criminal charges to face and can damage your reputation for years to come. Some cases stem from false accusations that arise from anger, revenge, divorce, child custody battles, or just malicious intent against innocent people in hope of gaining whatever it is they seek, while ruining the reputation of the accused in the process.

Sexual assault charges should never be taken lightly, and it is always best to seek out the most experienced sex crime defense attorney for your case. Sonoran Law Group is highly experienced in representing defendants in all sex crimes, and we will do everything in our power to protect your rights and fight for your freedom.

Sex Crimes and Severe Punishments

The definition of sexual assault, under the Revised Arizona Statutes 13-1406, is, “Intentionally or knowingly engaging in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with any person without consent.”

While “rape” is often used in the press, it is not the legal term in Arizona. Instead, the terms “sexual abuse” or “sexual assault” are used in legal settings. In the state of Arizona, sexual assault is a class 2 felony, and convicted offenders can face different sentences, depending on the circumstances of the crime.

  • First felony conviction – prison time can vary from five to 14 years
  • Second felony conviction – prison time can vary from seven to 21 years
  • Third felony conviction – prison time can vary from 14 to 28 years
  • If a date rape drug was used, an additional 3 years will be added to the sentence
  • If physical harm was intentionally inflicted during the assault, the defendant may face a minimum of 25 years to life in prison
  • Additionally, any conviction will require registration as a sex offender for the rest of their life
  • Also, the age of the accused and the victim is taken into consideration when determining the classification of felony and length of punishment

A conviction of a sex crime carries substantial consequences that can and will impact the rest of your life. It will be difficult to secure employment, housing, and you will even be restricted from entering certain areas. Aside from the legal repercussions that you will face, the embarrassment and humiliation that you and your family will endure can be devastating.

Aggressive Tactics to Defend Sex Crime Charges

Since these accusations and charges of sex crimes are treated with the utmost seriousness, prosecutors become particularly focused on convictions, and that is why it is extremely important to seek representation from a practiced criminal defense attorney who knows the sexual assault laws in Arizona.

At Sonoran Law Group, we understand that some charges may be entirely false and that is why we are on your side since the moment we take your case. Defending your rights against these serious charges is no small task, and we have the experience necessary to seek the best possible outcome for your case.

For your no-cost consultation and review of your case, contact us and get the two-sided viewpoint that will prepare the most effective defense for your case.