Phoenix Molestation of a Child Defense Attorney

Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-1410(A), a person commits Molestation of a Child by intentionally or knowingly engaging in or causing a person to engage in sexual contact, except for sexual contact with the female breast, with a child who is under 15 years of age.

“Sexual contact” is defined by Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-1401(A)(3) as any direct or indirect touching, fondling, or manipulating of any part of the genitals, anus, or female beast by any part of the body or by an object or causing a person to engage in such contact.

Molestation of a Child is a class two felony that is punishable pursuant to the Dangerous Crimes Against Children statute, Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-1410, and if you are convicted you face between 10 and 24 calendar years in prison.  A calendar year is “flat time,” meaning that you are not eligible for release before you serve every day of the sentence.  Probation is not possible if you are convicted of Molestation of a Child

If you are convicted of Molestation of a Child then you will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life.

When you are potentially facing a huge prison sentence and registration as a sex offender, you should be represented by attorneys with the knowledge and experience to defend your Molestation of a Child case.  The attorneys at AZ Defenders will aggressively and effectively find any weakness in the government’s case against you and utilize the best defenses to ensure the best possible outcome for you.  Every criminal case is different, especially so when a sex crime is charged, but some defenses that AZ Defenders have successfully used to defend our clients include:

  • Challenging the alleged victim’s account of what happened through cross examination
  • Using experts to counter the government’s own child sexual abuse expert
  • Mitigation using psychosexual risk assessments and polygraphs
  • Suppression of statements due to violations of the Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the United States Constitution (involuntary or coerced confessions; right to counsel violations; Miranda violations)
  • Suppression of physical evidence illegally seized in violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution
  • Challenging whether an area touched constitutes “genitals” under the statute, as it is not defined in Arizona law
  • Raising the lack of sexual interest defense

You shouldn’t face spending a large amount of time in prison and registration as a sex offender without speaking with the attorneys at AZ Defenders to figure out how to best defend your Molestation of a Child case.

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