Sex With a Minor
In the State of Arizona, sexual misconduct with a minor is classified as knowingly engaging in sexual intercourse or oral copulation with a person under the age of 18. It’s an extremely serious charge and can result in a long prison sentence without the possibility of parole. If you have been arrested and are facing charges of engaging in sexual misconduct with a minor, contact an experienced Mesa criminal defense attorney to help you prepare a strong defense in your case. Mr. Buckallew will thoroughly investigate your case, including a comprehensive review of physical evidence, acquire documentary and demonstrative evidence, conduct witness interviews (including law enforcement and other relevant witnesses), litigate pre-trial discovery (access to evidence), as needed, advance an aggressive litigation of any and all relevant pre-trial motions and diligently pursue each case on a parallel path that includes pre-trial preparation for the purpose of trial, while simultaneously pursuing fruitful avenues leading towards a favorable and acceptable settlement of the case without the need for trial. He has proven results in bringing serious and complex criminal cases to resolution on behalf of his clients.Sex Crime Lawyer serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe & the Entire East Valley
There are different classifications of sexual contact with a minor, depending on the age of the alleged victim. If the alleged victim is at least 15 years old, you can face up to a year in jail as a condition of probation. If the alleged victim is 12-14 years old, the sentence can be in the range of 20 years in prison. For minors under the age of 12, any sexual contact falls under the category of “Dangerous Crimes Against Children” and may result in a sentence of life in prison with no possibility of parole until you have served 35 years of your prison term.
Besides the time served in jail or prison, you may also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. This can substantially affect where you are allowed to live, as most cities enforce strict limits on how close sex offenders can live to schools and other locations. This type of conviction can also severely jeopardize your future career opportunities. Upon release you may find yourself ostracized and facing a grim future. It is imperative that you seek legal representation from an attorney who has extensive experience in litigating complex criminal cases and will advance a well prepared and aggressive defense on your behalf.
If you are facing allegations of engaging in sexual contact with a minor, contact a Mesa criminal defense lawyer to discuss possible defense strategies in your case. Your initial case evaluation is free of charge.