Phoenix Sexual Conduct with a Minor Attorney
Sexual conduct with a minor involves an intrusive act beyond touching with a child under 15. Examples include masturbation and oral, vaginal or anal insertion. If you are under investigation for or have been charged with sexual conduct with a minor, our Phoenix sex crime attorneys offer a free initial consultation to evaluate your case.
Short of murder in the first degree, sexual conduct with a minor is the most serious criminal charge in Arizona. Under the state’s mandatory sentencing laws, anyone convicted is required to serve a sentence of 13 to 27 years. All of the terms of imprisonment must be served day-for-day. There is no early release or parole. The term of imprisonment must be served consecutively to the sentences for any other offenses committed at any time.
After you are released, you would be subject to sex offender registration. Simply being charged with sexual conduct with a minor can lead to the loss of your parental rights under a civil action by Arizona Child Protective Services.
- 18 A.R.S. § 13-3554 Luring a minor for sexual exploitation; classification
- 18 A.R.S. § 13-3555 Portraying adult as minor; classification
- 18 A.R.S. § 13-3560 Aggravated luring a minor for sexual exploitation; classification; definitions
- 18 U.S.C. § 2251 Sexual exploitation of children
- 18 U.S.C. § 2252 Certain activities relating to material involving the sexual exploitation of minors
- 18 U.S.C. § 2252A Certain activities relating to material constituting or containing child pornography
Defenses in a sexual conduct with a minor case
Defenses in a sexual conduct with a minor case can include:
- The alleged act did not happen
- It was not you who committed the act
There is no probation for sexual conduct with a minor. However, under certain circumstances, the defendant can have the charge reduced to attempt, which may make him or her eligible for probation.
Statutory rape – Sexual conduct – Minor over the age of 15
You can be charged with statutory rape if you have consensual sex with a child between the ages of 15 and 18. The defenses in a statutory rape case include:
- You were not aware the person was under the age of 18
- You are not more that 24 months older than the minor and the conduct was consensual
- You are married to the minor
Contact Our Experienced Phoenix Sex Crime Attorneys Today
If you are under investigation for or have been charged with sexual conduct with a minor in Arizona, please contact a lawyer at Blumberg & Associates in Phoenix as soon as possible. The sooner you contact a defense lawyer, the more your lawyer can do to protect your rights and your future.