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Being accused of a sex crime is one of the most difficult charges to faces. Under Arizona law, a person convicted of a sex crime could face mandatory jail or prison time, and depending upon the extent of the accusation, could face a lifetime of being a registered sex offender.
As an experienced sex crime defense attorney in Phoenix, Ryan M. Garvey realizes that many sex crime allegations can be false. Motivated by anger, revenge, divorce, and child custody battles, some people fabricate accusations against innocent people, forever tarnishing their reputations in the process.

Under ARS §13-1406, sexual assault is a class 2 felony and is defined as the following:

“Intentionally or knowingly engaging in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with any person without consent of such person.”

Penalties for sexual assault include:

  • For a first offense, a conviction could include anywhere from 5-14 years in prison.
  • For a second offense, a conviction could include from 7-21 years in prison.
  • For a third offense, a conviction could include anywhere from 14-28 years in prison.
  • If the use of a date rape drug was involved, an additional 3 years will be added onto the convicted individual’s sentence.
  • Lastly, if any physical harm was intentionally inflicted during the assault, the defendant may be facing anywhere from 25 years to life in prison.
  • Additionally, any type of conviction for sexual assault will require the defendant to register as a sex offender for the rest of their life.

At Sonoran Law Group, we have extensive knowledge regarding the laws pertaining to sexual assault charges.  Being convicted of a sex crime could ruin your reputation, relationships, and future life endeavors. In order to prevent this from happening, you need to contact an attorney who has the knowledge and skill to help clear your name. Mr. Garvey’s time as a prosecutor gave him a significant amount of experience with sex crimes, and as your Scottsdale expert criminal defense lawyer, he can bring a two-sided viewpoint to your case that will help provide you with an effective defense.