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
- 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
- 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.