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Sexual Conduct with a Minor Charges in AZ

Under A.R.S. 13-1405, an individual can be charged with sexual conduct with a minor. This charge involves an individual knowingly or intentionally engaging in oral sexual conduct or intercourse with anyone under 18 years old. The state defines sexual intercourse as sex or anything aspect involving penetration. If prosecutors are accusing you of having sexual conduct with a minor, call us immediately for an initial consultation. Our lawyers at the Maasen Law Firm will start working on your case immediately.

Possible Punishment for a Sexual Conduct with a Minor Conviction

You haven’t been convicted of having sexual conduct with a minor. Thus, it is a charge you can fight. Click here for more information about our lawyers and their expertise in defending clients charged with sex crimes and/ or Driving Under the Influence.

Anyone who is convicted of sexual conduct with a minor face a different punishment based on the minor’s age. Sexual conduct with a minor who is:

  • 15 to 17 years old is a class six felony.
  • 14 years or younger is a class two felony.

If you are convicted of a class two felony for a first offense, you face:

  • Probation with no jail time.
  • Probation with up to one year in jail or four months to two years in prison.
  • You must register as a Sex Offender for the rest of your life.

You can’t have any contact with children under 18 years old. Under the revised code, this also means no contact with your own children. To have any contact, you have to go through numerous testing.

If you have one allegeable prior conviction, then you face nine months to two and three quarter years in prison. If it is your second conviction, you face two and one quarter to slightly over five years in prison.

A class two felony for conduct with a minor is punishable depending on the age. For example, if the individual is 12 to 14 years old, you can be sentenced to 13 minimum in prison. You can also be sentence to 20 presumptive years in prison. The possible maximum in prison is 27 years.

If this is you are convicted of two counts of conduct with a minor, punishment is even harsher because the judge must stack the prion time. This means you can serve your punishment at the same time, which is called consecutive. Instead, you must serve one and then the other. So you receive 26 years in prison as a minimum. It is 40 years presumptive and 50 years maximum.

If you have been convicted of any Dangerous Crime Against a Child or other crimes, punishment increases. You prison sentence ranges from 23 to 37 years.

Possible punishment for a conduct with a minor where the individual is under 12 years old carries:

  • 20 years in prison.

Or

  • 35 years to life.

Possible Defenses to Use

Often a sexual conduct with a minor charge will arise because of a volatile divorce. Your spouse and/ or angry child may want to punish you outside of divorce court. One defense is conducting forensic and clinical interviewing techniques of the accuser and any witnesses to help prove your innocence.

Other possible defense include challenging Miranda rights violation. For instance, the police may have tricked or intimidated you into making a false statement about your guilt. This is to challenge any alleged “admissions of guilt.” Also, we’ll challenge all police evidence.

Each case is different and involves different facts. To fully understand the available defenses available to you, contact us for a free initial consultation.

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