Arizona residents who are charged with not one but with multiple crimes may understandably feel afraid that they have few options. However, it should always be remembered that everyone has the right to a solid defense and that the eventual outcomes may not be as bad as what an original set of charges might indicate. An example of this can be seen in a recent case in Coconino County.
A now 23-year-old man was facing 16 different charges for his alleged involvement in sexually assaulting two women on a college campus last year. In the end, he was able to successfully enter into a plea bargain that saw 13 charges dismissed. For the remaining three charges he has been sentenced to three years of probation. He will not need to spend time in prison nor will he need to participate in the state’s sex offender registry program.
Reports accuse the defendant of deliberately getting the two women drunk with the intention of having sexual relations with them, of sexually assaulting them, and of possessing an amphetamine. The offenses for which he was convicted include one charge of drug paraphenalia possession and two charges of aggravated assault with sexual motives. The original set of charges included counts of sexual abuse, sexual assault, providing alcohol to minors and more.
After being charged with multiple criminal offenses, defendants in Arizona may want to talk with an attorney to learn what their options for a defense may be.
Source: Arizona Daily Sun, “No prison in NAU sex assault case,” Michelle McManimon, August 11, 2016