Tempe Sex Crime Lawyer
Allegations of sex offenses can vary, including (but not limited to) the
Child molestation: Generally described as intentionally or knowingly engaging in or causing
a person to engage in sexual contact with a child under the age of 15.
Molestation is a class 2 felony.
Sexual abuse: Typically occurs when an individual intentionally or knowingly engages
in sexual contact with an individual 15 years of age or older without
the person’s consent and is a class 5 felony. If the victim is under
15 years old, it is a class 3 felony DCAC – “
Dangerous Crime Against a Child”.
Sexual assault: Classified as someone intentionally or knowingly engaging in sexual intercourse
or oral sexual contact with any individual without his or her consent.
Sexual assault is a class 2 felony and if convicted, the minimum sentence
is 5.25 years (7 years with one prior felony conviction and 14 years with
2 or more prior felony convictions). If the sexual assault involved serious
physical injury, the person can be sentenced to life imprisonment.
Sexual conduct with a minor: Generally defined as someone intentionally or knowingly engaging in sexual
intercourse or oral sexual contact with any person who is under 18 years
of age. Sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 15 is a class 2 felony,
unless the person is the minor’s parent, stepparent, adoptive parent,
legal guardian or foster parent, which makes matters worse. Sexual conduct
with a minor who is at least 15 years old is a class 6 felony.
Charged with a sex crime in Tempe, Arizona?
A variety of offenses are categorized as sex crimes, ranging from
prostitution offenses, to
sexual assault cases, and
sexual misconduct with a minor. The penalties can vary significantly depending on the severity of the
offense and can range anywhere from probation to life imprisonment. A
conviction can be a life-changing event, so you need a lawyer for sex
crime charges in Tempe who understands the complexities in such cases,
as well as the possible range of penalties. Mr. Buckallew has extensive
experience as a criminal defense attorney, having handled criminal cases
at all stages of the criminal process and varying in complexity from simple
misdemeanor to serious and complex felony cases. He is well versed in
criminal law, having earned his law degree (J.D.) from California Western
School of Law, where his academic concentration was in criminal litigation.
He subsequently gained invaluable trial experience while serving with the
Public Defender's Office in both Mohave and Maricopa County, and the
past several years in private practice. Mr. Buckallew continuously broadens
his knowledge in the complex and ever changing practice of criminal law
and is an active member in several criminal defense organizations, including
The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NADCL), Arizona
Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ), and The American Civil Liberties
Union (ACLU). The Firm will work diligently to defend you against the
serious charges you are facing and help you navigate through our often-complicated
criminal justice system.
If you are facing any type of sex-related offense,
contact a Tempe criminal defense lawyer
today for a free evaluation of your case.