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Everything Is At Stake – Get Help From A Lawyer

Last updated on November 11, 2022

Absolutely everything is at stake if you are under investigation for a sex offense: your freedom, your rights, your reputation and your future. You need a criminal defense attorney who can tell your side of the story. The attorney you choose could mean the difference between success and disaster.

You can turn to Matthew Lopez Law, PLLC, for the defense you need. With a team of skilled attorneys on our roster, we have earned a reputation as one of Arizona’s premier criminal defense firms. We can build the strongest defense possible against sex crime charges such as:

We have a proven record of numerous successes, including getting charges dismissed, negotiating favorable plea bargains and winning acquittals. With so much at risk, you cannot accept a defense that is anything less than excellent.

Sex Offender Registration: What To Know

A conviction for a sex offense can result in forced registration as a sex offender. The collateral consequences of being a registered sex offender will haunt you long after you have served your time behind bars and paid your fines. The sex offender label limits your job opportunities, dictates where you can live and makes you a pariah in your own community – even in your own family. We do everything we can to defend you aggressively against sex offender registration so that you can have a brighter future.

Get Our Help To Beat Sex Crime Charges

The longer you wait to contact a lawyer, the more time the prosecution has to build its case against you. When you contact us, we will drop everything to begin investigating your case and building your defense. Schedule your completely free consultation with an accomplished criminal defense lawyer. Call our Phoenix office at 602-960-1731, our Lake Havasu office at 928-714-7032, our Apache Junction office at 480-374-8939 or our Parker office at 928-316-0020 . You can also send us an email.

Some Commonly Asked Questions Around Arizona’s Sex Crime Laws

It is likely that you feel overwhelmed by the charges against you. It is normal to have many questions in such a situation. Fortunately, our knowledgeable attorneys can answer anything you wish to know. Below are some common questions that we hear from prospective clients.

Are all sex crimes a felony?

Not all sex crimes qualify as felonies. Quite a few are considered misdemeanors — for example, public sexual indecency, indecent exposure and prostitution. However, the severe nature of many sex offenses means that the majority fall into the category of felonies. As a result, the penalty is at least one year of incarceration.

What are the different levels of sex offenders in Arizona?

Arizona has three levels of sex offenders:

  1. Level 1, also called tier 1, is for offenders who have a low likelihood of reoffending.
  2. Level 2, or tier 2, is the category for offenders with a moderate likelihood of reoffending.
  3. The most serious category is level 3, or tier 3. These offenders have a high likelihood of reoffending.

The categorization for each offender depends on the unique circumstances of the case, including the victim’s age and any aggravating factors.

Can public urination put you on the Arizona sex offender registry?

Unfortunately, yes. If you are arrested while urinating in public and charged with public exposure, the state could try to put you on the sex offender registry.

When do you have to register as a public sex offender in Arizona?

In Arizona, you must register as a sex offender within 10 days of your conviction for a sex crime.

Are there statutes of limitations for sexual assault in Arizona?

If law enforcement does not know the identity of the perpetrator, there is no statute of limitations on a sexual assault. However, once they determine the identity of the perpetrator, the statute of limitations is seven years from the date of identification.

If you have more questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us. We know what you are going through and we are prepared to help. From answering your questions to providing a strong defense, you can rely on us for the guidance you need.