Sexual Conduct with a Minor in Arizona
ARS 13-1405 defines the crime of ‘sexual conduct with a minor’ as intentionally or knowingly engaging in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with any individual who is under the age of 18. The possible consequences for engaging in ‘sexual conduct with a minor’ are as follows:
If an adult deliberately engages in sexual activities with a minor, and that minor is under the age of 15, the adult could face a class 2 felony.
If the minor is at least 15-years-old, the adult could face a class 6 felony.
If the adult is the minor’s parent, stepparent, adoptive parent, legal guardian, foster parent, teacher, clergymen or priest, and the minor is at least 15-years-old, the adult could face a class 2 felony.
Arizona sex crime laws are complex, and can be extremely difficult to navigate if you don’t have a background in criminal defense. It can be devastating to fall under suspicion of a sex crime in Arizona, and even more overwhelming when you have to deal with the investigation process. In some sex crime cases, the police will file charges against an individual based solely on someone else’s word. In order to protect your future and receive the help that you deserve, it is imperative that you retain a Phoenix sex crimes attorney to assist you with your case.