Phoenix Sex Abuse Attorney
In Arizona, sex abuse is knowingly touching the genitalia (including over clothing) of someone else. If the victim is a female under the age of 15, you can be charged solely for touching the breast. If you are under investigation for or have been charged with sex abuse, our Phoenix sex abuse attorneys offer a free initial consultation to evaluate your case.
Sex abuse is a Class 5 felony in Arizona, punishable by up to one and a half years in prison for a first offense. If the victim is under 14, the charge for sexual contact is upgraded to a Class 3 felony, punishable by up to three and a half years in prison. Sex abuse is a registration offense under Arizona’s sex offender registration law.
- 18 U.S.C. § 2241 Aggravated sexual abuse
- 18 U.S.C. § 2242 Sexual abuse
- 18 U.S.C. § 2243 Sexual abuse of a minor or ward
Anyone who is convicted of a felony will have a lifelong criminal record and face loss of civil rights such as the ability to vote or own guns. Since employers routinely conduct background checks of potential employees, a conviction for sexual abuse can also make it difficult for you to get a good job.
Defenses in sexual abuse cases
A defense in a sex abuse case can be that the alleged touching did not happen. If the alleged victim is over 15, you could also claim the touching was consensual. You can also claim that the touching happened but was not for sexual interest.
Contact An Experienced Phoenix Sex Abuse Attorney Today
If you are under investigation for or have been charged with sexual abuse in Arizona, please contact a lawyer at Blumberg & Associates in Phoenix as soon as possible. The sooner you contact a defense attorney, the more your attorney can do to protect your rights and your future.