Mesa Statutory Rape Defense Lawyer

Accused of Having Sex with a Minor in Arizona?

Sexual conduct with a minor involves an intrusive act beyond touching with a child under 15 years old. Examples include masturbation and oral, vaginal or anal insertion. If you are under investigation for or have been charged with sexual conduct with a minor, the right Mesa statutory rape defense attorney can help.

Short of murder in the first degree, sexual conduct with a minor is the most serious criminal charge in Arizona. Under the state’s mandatory sentencing laws, anyone convicted is required to serve a sentence of 13 to 27 years. All of the terms of imprisonment must be served day-for-day. There is no early release or parole. The term of imprisonment must be served consecutively to the sentences for any other offenses committed at any time.

After you are released, you would be subject to sex offender registration. Simply being charged with sexual conduct with a minor can lead to the loss of your parental rights.

Defenses in a sexual conduct with a minor case can include:

  • The alleged act did not happen
  • It was not you who committed the act

There is no probation for sexual conduct with a minor. However, under certain circumstances, the defendant can have the charge reduced to attempt, which may make him or her eligible for probation.

Statutory Rape in Arizona

You can be charged with statutory rape if you have consensual sex with a child between the ages of 15 and 18. The defenses in a statutory rape case include:

  • You were not aware the person was under the age of 18
  • You are not more than 24 months older than the minor and the conduct was consensual
  • You are married to the minor

If you are under investigation for or have been charged with sexual conduct with a minor in Arizona, the sooner you contact a defense lawyer, the more your lawyer can do to protect your rights and your future. Talk to Charlie Naegle for high-powered criminal defense advocacy inside and outside of court.

Charlie Naegle is ready to defend you. Contact Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys today.