All of the sexual offenses in Arizona are considered to be very serious charges, and many of these charges result in lasting consequences for the person who is convicted. However, some are considered to be more serious than others, and sexual conduct with a minor is one of those charges.
Sexual conduct with a minor in Arizona
Sexual conduct with a minor is a sexual offense in Arizona that occurs when any individual has sexual contact with a person who is under the age of 18. This can include vaginal, anal or oral sexual intercourse. A person can be charged with sexual conduct with a minor even if they also are under the age of 18.
What type of charge is sexual conduct with a minor?
Sexual conduct with a minor in Arizona is considered to be a class 6 felony, as long as the individuals engaging in intercourse were between the ages of 15 and 18. If the minor is under the age of 15, the charge automatically becomes a class 2 felony.
A class 6 felony is the least serious felony charge in Arizona, but it can still carry with it lasting consequences. An individual who is charged with a class 6 felony may face prison time, or they may have to register with the National Sex Offender Registry.
A class 2 felony is a much more serious felony charge. A person who is charged with sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 15 may be subject to sentencing according to the Dangerous Crimes Against Children guidelines. In most cases, a person being sentenced according to DACA will face severe punishments and lengthy sentences.
What should you do if you have been charged with sexual conduct with a minor in Arizona?
If you have been charged with sexual conduct with a minor in Arizona, it’s important to hire a qualified attorney. Anyone who has been charged with a sexual offense in Arizona should seek legal counsel as quickly as possible. It is important to get an experienced attorney on your side immediately, as this allows the attorney to begin collecting evidence and creating a plan for your specific case.
For more information on sexual offenses in Arizona and to learn more about the consequences of sexual conduct with a minor in Arizona, contact our law firm today to set up a consultation appointment.