Mesa Sexual Assault Lawyer

Sexual assault cases are difficult for both the defense and the prosecution. Often these cases come down to a “he said, she said” situation where the credibility of the two parties is the final determinant. A common misperception in rape cases is that the sexual history of a victim is admissible as evidence. Unless it is somehow relevant to the case, it is not. An example of relevant sexual history would be the victim’s sexual history involving the defendant. Whereas the victim’s sexual relationships with other people would not ordinarily be relevant. If you have been charged with sexual assault in Arizona, you will need an experienced Mesa sexual assault attorney. Talk to Charlie Naegle about your possible defenses.

Sexual assault cases can be related to rape, date rape, Rohypnol or GHB, sexual conduct with a minor (under 18 but over 14 years of age), and cases where claims of intoxication or drugs made a person mentally or physically incapable of consenting to sex. Sentences for individuals convicted of sexual assault range from probation to prison terms that can exceed 14 years.

Sexual Assault Sentencing

Sex crimes that do not involve children can be charged as either misdemeanor or felony offenses depending on the charge. However, Arizona’s mandatory sentencing laws require that anyone convicted of a felony sexual assault receive a 5 to 14-year prison sentence for a first offense. Whether you are convicted of a sex crime requiring prison or allowing for probation, the state of Arizona requires lifetime probation and registration as a sex offender along with full sex offender terms, including a sex offender treatment program.

If you have been accused of sexual assault, contact us today. Take a stand with Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys.