Phoenix Sex Crimes Attorney
Serious Sex Crime charges in Phoenix can start with False accusations, threatening phone calls of vengeance from a former partner, a solemn “request” for an interview from a detective, or the knock on the door leading to the presentation of a search warrant or arrest. A Phoenix Arizona Sex crimes arrest is life-altering and the consequences cannot be understated. Contact our Phoenix criminal lawyers whether you are under suspicion or the State of Arizona is targeting you and accusing you of crimes in the greater Phoenix metro area and the Valley of the Sun including Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert & Scottsdale.
Phoenix Sex Crimes Resources
- Why Choose A Phoenix Sex Crimes Lawyer From Us?
- How An Attorney Will Help Your Phoenix Sex Crimes Case?
- How A Phoenix Sex Crimes Charge Can Impact Your Life
- Understanding Phoenix Sex Crimes Charges
Our Phoenix Sex Crimes Lawyers Have Your Back
You need to act now to retain experienced Phoenix Arizona Sex Crimes lawyers to give you advice and representation. Lee Ciccarelli is an experienced defender of those accused of serious sex crimes and leads a team with over One Hundred years of combined national criminal defense experience in state and federal courts including extensive defense and a proven record in Sex Crimes.
Lee has been recognized by Super Lawyers and the Ciccarelli firm has Hundreds of Five Star Reviews. We understand the significance and impact of an Arizona sex crimes accusation, the anguish of being investigated, and the trauma of being charged and prosecuted. We know you are looking for top Sex Crimes Lawyers in Phoenix and a team that is available to you when you and your family need us the most. Your Success is Our Mission when you are facing sex crimes charges.
Why Choose A Phoenix Sex Crimes Attorney From Ciccarelli Law Offices?
Now is the time for action. Now is the time to make a difference. Whether you or a family member have reason to believe you are under suspicion for a sex crime charge in Phoenix or coming to terms with an arrest or incarceration pending bail, action is required. We understand that you are looking for the best Phoenix sex crimes lawyer for you and one that is respected and feared by the prosecutors. Contact us now for a Free Case Evaluation.
- We bring big-city criminal defense experience defending high-profile felony cases including Murder, Triple Homicide, Attempted Homicide, Sexual Assault, Illegal Image, Sex Crimes, and Multi-million Dollar Embezzlement.
- We also serve our clients that need the finesse of their criminal defense lawyers in Chandler or across the state to quietly defuse sensitive potential criminal investigations before they become criminal charges.
- We bring over 100 years of national experience to Phoenix Arizona professional and business clients who need attorneys experienced in representing their interest or the interest of a family member in a caring, aggressive, and determined manner.
- The Ciccarelli Law Office is dedicated to fighting for the rights of those whose liberty is on the line when they face criminal accusations.
- We strive to make a difference for clients, regardless of who they are, where they are from, or how much money they have.
- We have successfully represented thousands of clients throughout the country.
- We have hundreds of Five Star Reviews from Clients.
- Lee Ciccarelli has been recognized as Super Lawyers and Lee has also been rated by AVVO with its highest rating (10.0) and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association, the TEN Best Client satisfaction award by the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys and as one of the top 100 litigation attorneys by the American Society of Legal Advocates.
- At the Ciccarelli Law Offices, we offer a team of attorneys who vigorously stand up to aggressive prosecutors and law enforcement officials in the state of Arizona.
- Our team provides a client-centered approach for every case that we take, which means that we focus on listening to every client’s story as we focus on building a case strategy moving forward.
- We know how severe sex crime conviction penalties can be, which is why we work to reduce these charges and stand by our clients’ sides every step of the way.
You need sex crimes lawyers that understand that in a crisis, you need a legal team with the courage and conviction to make a difference. Let Lee Ciccarelli, and his team be there when you need them the most. You will find in our team of smart, aggressive Phoenix sex crimes lawyers, a will and desire to be aggressive and reasonable, thoughtful, and determined. It is in our DNA to have your back.
How A Phoenix Sex Crimes Charge Can Impact Your Life
Sex offenses in Phoenix are taken very seriously by both prosecutors and law enforcement officials. Investigations into or an arrest for an alleged sexual offense can significantly harm a person’s reputation, and the consequences of a sex crime conviction are severe. At the Ciccarelli Law Offices, our team is here to help if you need a Phoenix, Gilbert, Scottsdale, or Chandler sexual assault/sex crimes attorney. We have the resources and experience necessary to fully investigate these claims as we work to help get the charges against you reduced or even dismissed.
How Will an Attorney Help a Phoenix Sex Crimes Case?
A skilled Phoenix sex crimes defense attorney will be an invaluable asset in these situations. When a person is facing a sex crime charge, they can count on their attorney to:
- Thoroughly review all the evidence that has been gathered by prosecutors.
- Conduct an independent investigation to gather any additional evidence that could be used in the case.
- Work with trusted experts to analyze all the evidence in an effort to bolster the defense.
- Review all the charges and communicate with their client about the best path moving forward.
- Handle any plea deal negotiations with prosecutors while also preparing the case for trial.
Understanding Phoenix Sex Crimes Charges
As skilled sex crimes, defense attorneys in Phoenix, the team at the Ciccarelli Law Offices has experience helping clients who are facing a range of offenses. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Child pornography includes videos, photographs, computer-generated images, and live streaming of children depicted sexually or in sexually arousing situations.
- Sexual conduct with a minor includes children between 11 and 14 years old and is referred to as sexual battery when the perpetrator is older than the victim.
- Failure to register as a sex offender if convicted of a sex crime is a criminal offense. Particular crimes require the convicted party to be a part of the sex offender registry, making known any changes of address and updating information as required.
- Cybercrimes are those crimes that are committed using computer technology.
- Sexual assault is a violent crime, rather than a sexual one. Sex is used as a weapon in cases of sexual assault.
- Rape is defined as an unlawful sexual activity performed without the victim’s consent. This could be because force was used or because the victim could not give consent because of their age, mental capability, intoxication, or mental deficiency.
- Statutory Rape occurs when a minor has sex and both parties are consenting. This assumes that minors can consent, and the age of consent varies from state to state.
- Molestation is the crime of sexual acts using minors, including touching private parts, exposing genitalia, rape, and pornographic pictures or videos. These acts can be with the molester or with other children.
- Indecent exposure means that genitalia is exposed in public. Indecent exposure could include sexual behaviors or public urination.
- Public Indecency is engaging in a sex act with others present, often for shock value.
- Voyeurism is also referred to as “Peeping Tom” behavior. The voyeur invades their victim’s privacy for the purpose of sexual arousal.
- Sexual abuse is sexual or sexually motivated behavior that happens without the victim’s consent.
- Sexual misconduct is a class 2 offense that involves sexual intercourse or oral sex with an unconsenting participant.
- Luring a minor is part of the grooming process so that an adult has access to a child to abuse them sexually.
- Pandering concerns cases where one party coerces another into prostitution.
- Stalking occurs when a person physically follows and harasses someone else. It can also include verbal, written, electronic or wireless threats.
- Dangerous Crimes Against Children is a host of crimes against children, some of which are of a sexual nature.
- Prostitution/solicitation is the crime of offering to, participating in, committing, or hiring someone else for a sexual act. Enticing someone into a for-pay sexual act is a criminal offense.
Sex crime charges in Phoenix and throughout the state of Arizona could result in a range of penalties depending on whether a person was charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense. This could include a person facing jail or prison time, probation, and significant fines. Additionally, any person convicted of a sex crime will usually have to register as a sex offender for the rest of their life. Sex offender laws are incredibly harsh. Any person required to register as a sex offender will have to continuously check in with law enforcement officials, and much of their information will be made public, including their photograph, name, address, place of employment, and more.
Penalties for Sex Crimes in Phoenix
Child Pornography and Its Penalties
Child pornography carries especially steep penalties. If the minors are 14 or younger, the penalties increase in severity. They are then referred to as Dangerous Crime Against Children and are graded as Class 2 felonies.
Convictions for this class 2 felony face up to 12.5 years in jail. A single previous conviction can increase your sentence up to 23.35 years. A second prior conviction means you can face up to 35 years in prison. If you are convicted of a child pornography crime, you will always be required to appear on the sex offender’s registry.
You will be allowed no contact with children under 18, even if they are your own children, without undergoing rigorous testing and the consent of your probation officer.
Penalties for Sexual Conduct With a Minor
To protect minors from sexual abuse, Arizona has hefty penalties for Sexual conduct with a minor. If the crime involves a minor who is 12 years old or younger, a conviction could result in a mandatory life sentence.
If the minor is under 15, the minimum sentence is 13 years. The presumptive term carries a term of 20 years, while for an aggravated sentence, the convicted party will face 27 years. Where many crimes will see the defendant getting out on good behavior, there are no provisions for early release in the case of sexual conduct with a minor.
Penalties for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
Failure to register as a sex offender can land you in jail. The penalty will vary depending on the circumstances of your conviction.
If you have a misdemeanor conviction and fail to register, your penalty could range from probation to a year in jail or four months to two years in prison. While still severe, they are not as rigid as the penalty for not registering when you have prior convictions.
With a prior conviction, your sentence could range from nine months to 2.75 years in prison. If you were convicted of two prior felonies, you will face a prison sentence of 2.25 to 5.75 years.
Cybercrimes and Their Penalties
Cybercrimes often mean long sentences. A defendant convicted of computer tampering can be charged with a Class 3 or Class 4 felony. Cybercrimes can result in a 2.5 to 3.5-year jail sentence.
Sexual Assault Penalties
Sexual assault is a Class 2 felony in Arizona. The facts of the case and the age of the victim will be considered during sentencing, for instance, if the victim is 15 years old or older. The minimum sentence for sexual assault is a 5.25-year sentence with a maximum of 14 years.
When victims are between 12 and 14 years old, the accused faces a minimum prison sentence of 13 years with a maximum sentence of 27 years. For victims below 12 years old, the defendant will face life in prison.
The Sentence for Rape Convictions
Rape is a Class 2 felony with sentences that vary depending on the case and the victim’s age. The penalty is life in prison if convicted of the rape of a minor child who is 12 years old or younger. If the victim is 15 years old or older, the minimum sentence will be between 5.25 to 14 years in prison.
If the victim of the rape is between 12 and 14 years old, the minimum sentence is 13 years in prison, with a maximum of 27 years in prison.
Statutory Rape Sentences
Statutory Rape includes several possible sentences, depending on the case’s circumstances and the victim’s age. As is the case for most sexually based offenses in Arizona. But statutory rape also takes into account the age of the defendant, as illustrated below:
- If the defendant is 18 or older, and the minor is 12 years old or younger, the crime is a Class 2 felony. The defendant faces up to 35 years in prison.
- An 18-year-old or older defendant who is accused of sexual relations with a minor between 13 and 15 years old will face a Class 2 felony charge as well that carries a sentence of between 13 and 27 years.
- Defendants who are 18 or older, with a minor victim who is at least 15 years old, will face a Class 5 felony ranging from probation to up to a two-year prison sentence.
- The sentencing has a wider range if the accused is younger than 18 and the minor is 12 or younger. If convicted, they could face probation or up to 12 months in jail or a sentence of 12.5 years in prison.
- When the defendant is under 18, and the minor is between 12 and 15 years old, it is considered a Class 2 felony and could carry a sentence from probation to 12.5 years in prison.
- If the defendant is a minor and the minor victim is between 15 and 17 years old, there will likely be no penalties, but they will still face a Class 2 felony.
Molestation Convictions Punishments
Molestation is strongly penalized in Arizona. The state has a series of punishments and preventative measures that are taken against those who are convicted of the crime. These are listed below:
- Ten years is the minimum sentence for a child molestation conviction
- 17 years in prison is the presumptive term
- The maximum penalty for molestation of a child who is 12 or older is 24 years.
- Probation is not an option
- The defendant must register as a sex offender if convicted
- Large fines
- Early release and parole are unavailable
Penalties for molesting younger children operate under a different set of rules. Listed below are some of the sentencing differences:
- If convicted of molesting a child under 12 years old, the defendant will be sentenced to 35 years in prison.
- When convicted of molestation of a minor between 12 and 14, the defendant may serve between 10 and 24 years in prison.
- Though, if convicted, the accused would likely serve time, there is no minimum sentencing guideline for minor victims between 15 and 17 years of age.
- If there are prior offenses, jail time will be more significant.
Indecent Exposure Sentencing Guidelines
Indecent exposure is a Class 1 misdemeanor that applies if the victim is 15 years old or older. This conviction can bring a fine of up to $2,000 and three years probation. The court may order counseling and classes as well.
The charge for victims younger than 15 will be a Class 6 felony. This type of felony can see the convicted party on probation or spending a year in jail or four months to two years in a state prison facility.
Those with a prior felony conviction will see an increased sentence from 9 months to 2.75 years in prison. Two previous convictions can mean that the convicted party must serve between 2.25 and 5.75 years in prison.
Penalties for Public Indecency
Public Indecency is typically a Class 1 misdemeanor. If convicted of public sexual indecency, the defendant could face a sentence of up to six months in jail. If a minor below 15 years old witnesses the act, the charge will be increased to a Class 5 felony. This charge can result in up to a 2.5-year prison sentence.
Penalties for Voyeurism
If convicted of voyeurism, the defendant faces a Class 5 felony charge. The conviction can lead to up to 2.5 years in state prison and fines up to $150,000. If the voyeurism charge is elevated to a dangerous crime, the convicted party will face up to four years in prison. A dangerous crime involves using or threatening a deadly weapon or harmful instrument or the intentional or willful infliction of a severe physical injury on someone else.
Arizona has strict laws and punishments to prevent sex crimes. These are only a few of the penalties for committing sex crimes in Arizona.
Call a Phoenix Sex Crimes Attorney Today
If you or somebody you love has been charged with a sex crime in or around the Phoenix area, contact the team at the Ciccarelli Law Offices for help as soon as possible. Our attorneys have the resources necessary to fully investigate your situation. We will not rely solely on the evidence provided by prosecutors and law enforcement officials.
Our criminal defense attorneys in Phoenix and across Arizona have a track record of success in taking on complex criminal defense cases. We charge reasonable fees and work with you when you need our help. We have the resources necessary to investigate these cases and ensure that you are treated fairly throughout the entire process. Our goal is to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed so that you can get back to living your life and supporting yourself and your family. Your Success is our Mission.