Sexual abuse is a serious crime in Arizona. If you have been accused of sexual abuse of an adult or a minor, please contact the Phoenix sexual abuse defense attorneys at AZ Defenders for a free consultation to discuss your case.
Intentionally or knowingly engaging in sexual contact with the female breast of another person without their consent constitutes the crime of Sexual Abuse in Arizona pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-1404. “Sexual Contact” is defined as direct or indirect touching, fondling, or manipulating by any part of the body or by any object, or causing another person to engage in such contact.
As with many sex crimes, the penalties for Sexual Abuse vary based on the age of the victim. If the victim is 15 or older, then Sexual Abuse is a Class 5 Felony. If convicted, you face between 0.5 years and 2.5 years in prison, fines of up to $150,000 plus surcharges, and lifetime probation. If the victim is between 15 and 17 years old, then the Court must require you to register as a sex offender for life upon conviction. If the victim is 18 or older, then registration as a sex offender is up to the judge.
If the victim is younger than 15, the punishment is substantially harsher. Sexual Abuse of a minor younger than 15 is a Class 3 Felony. If convicted, you face 2.5 to 7.5 years in prison, a fine of up to $150,000 plus surcharges, and lifetime probation. The Court must require you to register as a sex offender if convicted.
Sexual Abuse, regardless of the age of the victim, is an offense that carries with it a lifetime of consequences, from the stain of a felony conviction, to potential registration as a sex offender. The consequences are many and serious.
Do not face a charge of Sexual Abuse without speaking to lawyers experienced and knowledgeable in defending sex cases in aggressive and effective ways. The Phoenix defense lawyers at AZ Defenders have the skill set necessary to preserve your rights, freedom, and record. Contact us today at (480)456-6400 or online for a free consultation.