Experienced Arizona Defense for Sexual Offenses
Due to the harsh stigma surrounding even the mere allegation of a sex crime, many people assume that a person accused of a sex offense is guilty. If you are facing sex crime allegations or charges, it is important to hire an experienced criminal sex crime attorney in Arizona who will provide the vigorous defense you need to fight the tough charges.
At The Baker Law Firm, LLC in Phoenix, Arizona, our sexual abuse defense lawyers fight to protect the rights of people who have been accused of rape/sexual assault, child sex crimes, and other sex offenses throughout Arizona.
It is hard to put into words the anxiety and fear that come with being accused of a sex crime, especially when you know that the allegations are false. A conviction for a sex crime will impact the rest of your life. It is vital to give yourself the best chance for an effective outcome.
If you have been charged with a sex crime in Arizona, contact a criminal defense attorney at our law firm as soon as possible. Call The Baker Law Firm, LLC at 602-842-0359 and talk with a lawyer about your case.
We provide relentless criminal defense representation to clients facing charges involving all types of criminal sex offenses, including:
- Sexual assault or rape
- Sexual abuse
- Indecent exposure, including exposure to a minor
- Child pornography
- Internet solicitation of a minor
- Child molestation
- Surreptitious or hidden videotaping
Aggressive Advocacy for Those Falsely Accused of a Sex Offense
Many sex crime allegations are simply untrue. Perhaps a spouse who wishes to gain an advantage in divorce proceedings makes up a story or adults believe a story that a child makes up or embellishes. Given the high stakes of a criminal conviction for a sex crime, including having to register as a sex offender upon release from prison, having an experienced, reputable lawyer is paramount in your case. At The Baker Law Firm, LLC, we believe that no one should be punished for a crime that he or she did not commit.
Protecting Your Rights After Sex Crime Allegations
Prompt investigation and thorough analysis of all possible defense strategies are vital to the successful outcome in a sex crimes case. We work with forensic analysts and other experts who can testify in support of our client’s position or to combat the strategy presented by the prosecution. In cases involving date rape or other sexual assault, we investigate such issues as the accuser’s history of false accusations. Among many other factors analyzed, in cases involving Internet sex crimes such as Internet solicitation of a minor or possession of child pornography, we investigate tactics others may have used to gain access to your computer. We are determined to fight sex crime charges and effectively represent our clients’ interests in every case we handle.
Facing Sexual Abuse Charges? Contact a Phoenix, Arizona, Defense Attorney
For more information about sex crimes defense in Arizona, contact The Baker Law Firm, LLC and schedule an appointment for an initial consultation. Do not delay talking with an experienced Phoenix sex crimes defense attorney about your situation. Call our office at 602-842-0359.
Arizona Sex Crimes Overview
Are You Accused Of A Sex Crime?
If you or a loved one are facing sex charges, keep in mind that you have rights and the most important right is the right to speak to an attorney before responding to any inquiries presented by the police.
When in doubt, immediately call The Baker Law Firm, Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys; Phoenix, Arizona at 602-889-6901, 24 hours a day.
Law Enforcement Tactics
Often the police will attempt to utilize psychological tricks and guilt in order to obtain a quick “confession.”
⦁ If you are in doubt, don’t talk on the phone, do not consent to a lie detector test, and do not allow yourself to be questioned before you speak with an experienced sex crimes attorney.
Also, the police may also use “confrontation calls” in order to try to compile evidence against you.
Police Will Record Your Initial Call
If you’ve received a telephone phone call from a person who has accused you of committing a sex crime, it’s important to bear in mind that the police probably are recording the call and can use anything that you say against you.
⦁ The Baker Law Firm, Arizona Sex Crimes Attorneys have a long history of winning sex crimes cases for our clients throughout the state of Arizona.
Our team of dedicated and experienced attorneys includes former sex crimes Public Defenders. Our team of dedicated and experienced attorneys includes former sex crimes Public Defenders.
⦁ We comprehend that sex crimes can be easily and falsely claimed in divorce and custody cases.
⦁ Our attorneys also understand that there are plenty of innocent people who are wrongly accused of sex crimes.
⦁ Our ultimate goal for every client is to win their case and we have an AMAZING WIN RECORD.
Types Of Arizona Sex Crimes
The state of Arizona has special sentencing statutes for sex offenses. That means that certain sex offenses have specific ranges of sentence in prison upon conviction.
Are You Accused Of Dangerous Crimes Against Children?
These enhanced sentencing ranges are for “Dangerous Crimes Against Children.”
⦁ Dangerous crimes against children include a wide range of offenses where the victim is under the age of 15.
⦁ Those offenses and correlating sentences are outlined in A.R.S. 13-705.
Are You Accused Of Sexual Conduct with a Minor?
Sexual conduct with a minor is the most serious sex offense in Arizona.
Under A.R.S. 13-1405, sexual conduct with a minor is defined as intentionally or knowingly engaging in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with any person who is under eighteen years of age.
⦁ Oral sexual conduct is self-explanatory, but sexual intercourse is not just penile/vaginal or penile/anal intercourse.
⦁ Sexual intercourse is defined under A.R.S. 13-1401 as “penetration into the penis, vulva or anus by any part of the body or by any object or masturbatory contact with the penis or vulva.”
⦁ Digital penetration into the vagina or anus constitutes sexual conduct with a minor.
If you are convicted of sexual conduct with a minor, you face a range of 13, 20, or 27 years in prison.
⦁ Sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 15 is not probation eligible.
⦁ A defendant convicted of this crime is also not eligible for early release. That means if you are convicted, a judge cannot sentence you to less than 13 years in prison. If the alleged victim is under 12 years old, you could also be sentenced to life in prison.
Because these offenses are so serious, it is important to have an attorney with experience in these types of case. Sex Crime Defense Attorneys at The Baker Law Firm have successfully defended many of these types cases. We’ve won sex cases at trial and secured dismissal of all charges.
Are You Accused Of Molestation Of Minor? Are You Accused Of Molestation Of Minor?
Molestation of a minor is defined under A.R.S. 13-1410 as intentionally or knowingly engaging in or causing a person to engage in sexual contact, except sexual contact with the female breast, with a child who is under fifteen years of age.
⦁ Sexual contact is defined under A.R.S. 13-1401 as any direct or indirect touching, fondling, or manipulating of any part of the genitals or anus by any part of the body or by any object or causing a person to engage in such contact.
⦁ The touching can be over or under clothes.
If you are convicted of molestation, the range of sentence is 10, 17, or 24 years in prison.
⦁ Molestation of a child under the age of 15 is not probation eligible.
⦁ A defendant convicted of this crime is not eligible for early release.
⦁ That means if you are convicted, a judge cannot sentence you to less than 10 years in prison.
Again, our attorneys are sex crime defense experts and have had extraordinary success in defending against these serious crimes with an amazing win record.
Are You Accused Of Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault is Arizona’s legal term for rape. Under A.R.S. 13-1406, sexual assault is defined as, “intentionally or knowingly engaging in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with any person without consent of such person.”
⦁ If convicted, a defendant faces a range of 5.25, 7, or 14 years in prison.
⦁ This offense is not probation eligible.
The biggest issue in a sexual assault case is consent. If a defendant can prove that the other party consented to the sexual act, then a defendant will be found not guilty at trial. Arizona law defines a lack of consent as any of the following:
⦁ The victim is coerced by the immediate use or threatened use of force against a person or property.
⦁ The victim is incapable of consent by reason of mental disorder, mental defect, drugs, alcohol, sleep or any other similar impairment of cognition and such condition is known or should have reasonably been known to the defendant.
⦁ For the purposes of this subdivision, “mental defect” means the victim is unable to comprehend the distinctively sexual nature of the conduct or is incapable of understanding or exercising the right to refuse to engage in the conduct with another.
⦁ The victim is intentionally deceived as to the nature of the act.
⦁ The victim is intentionally deceived to erroneously believe that the person is the victim’s spouse.
Whether a victim actually consented to a sexual act usually comes down to testimony and evidence. It’s vitally important to have an attorney on your side who knows how to question important witnesses, including an alleged victim, at the time of trial.
Are You Accused Of Sexual Abuse?
Sexual abuse is defined under A.R.S. 13-1404 as intentionally or knowingly engaging in sexual contact with any person who is fifteen or more years of age without consent or with any person who is under fifteen years of age if the sexual contact involves only the female breast.
⦁ A person can be charged with sexual abuse if they:
⦁ Touch the genitals or anus of a minor who is between 15, 16, or 17
⦁ Touch the breast of a minor who is under the age of 15.
⦁ If the victim is 15, 16, or 17, the offense is a class 5 felony.
⦁ If the victim is under the age of 15, the offense is a class 3 felony.
Are You Accused Of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor?
Sexual exploitation of a minor is Arizona’s term for possession of child pornography. It is defined under A.R.S. 13-3553 as knowingly:
⦁ Recording, filming, photographing, developing or duplicating any visual depiction in which a minor is engaged in exploitive exhibition or other sexual conduct.
⦁ Distributing, transporting, exhibiting, receiving, selling, purchasing, electronically transmitting, possessing or exchanging any visual depiction in which a minor is engaged in exploitive exhibition or other sexual conduct.
Arizona is the worst place in the world to be charged with possession of child pornography.
⦁ For each image, a defendant faces 10, 17, or 24 years in prison.
⦁ On top of that, each sentence must run consecutive to the other. That means if a defendant is charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, they face a minimum of 100 years a maximum of 240 years in prison
⦁ Effective negotiation is essential in sexual exploitation cases. Call The Baker Law Firm.
Are You Accused Of Prostitution?
Prostitution is defined under A.R.S. 13-3211 as engaging in or agreeing or offering to engage in sexual conduct under a fee arrangement with any person for money or any other valuable consideration.
⦁ Most people understand that prostitution means paying another person for sex.
⦁ Money is not the only form of payment considered under the statute.
⦁ Any form of “valuable consideration” can constitute a fee arrangement for prostitution under Arizona law.
Law enforcement in Arizona conduct so-called “prostitution stings.”
Typically these occur when undercover officers pretend to be prostitutes and trick unwitting defendants into paying for sex.
⦁ An effective defense against undercover prostitution stings is entrapment.
⦁ An entrapment defense asserts that without police action, the defendant would not have committed the crime.
⦁ Don’t let law enforcement get away with coercive tactics.
⦁ Contact our attorneys today.
Sex Crimes Defense Strategies Sex Crimes Defense Strategies
Unfortunately sex offense trials can be “all or nothing” propositions. If a defendant goes to trial and loses a sex case, life in prison is a real option.
⦁ It is as serious as a murder case.
Different attorneys employ different strategies based on different facts to defend clients during a sex offense trial.
⦁ The Baker Law Firm Sex Crime Team will customize the most appropriate defense for your situation.
⦁We don’t just sit back and let the State drive the narrative at trial.
The cross examination portion of a trial is a defense attorney’s most important tool at trial, especially in sex crimes.
⦁ Our attorneys are masters at the art of cross examination and will expertly question the witnesses, including experts, officers, and any victim (s) called to testify.
Our attorneys have successfully attacked state witnesses by confronting them with false or misleading statements. Remember, trial is about presenting the truth to the jury through evidence. You need an attorney who knows the law, the rules of evidence, and how to conduct a trial.
We Use Risk Assessments
Risk Assessments are reports generated by licensed psychologists. Risk assessments are helpful to determine whether the defendant has anything in his results that signal he/she is a risk to commit a sex crime.
A Risk Assessment in a sex case can be very important to negotiate with the prosecution.
Risk Assessments have three main parts:
⦁ Biological & Physiological Information
⦁ Psychological Testing
⦁ Polygraph Testing
A physician will take all this information and compile a comprehensive report. The final report is called the Risk Assessment.
While Risk Assessments cannot predict the future, they can provide the court insight into whether a person is a sexual predator or merely made a bad choice. A good Risk Assessment can be presented to the state during plea negotiations.
The Baker Law Firm Sex Crime attorneys are well versed at utilizing Risk Assessments. Call us with your questions.
Factors We Consider
⦁ Does the defendant have a criminal record?
⦁ Were they in a relationship with the victim?
⦁ Was there a confession?
⦁ Was a confrontation call made?
⦁ Did the defendant submit to a Polygraph test?
⦁ Is there any DNA or other physical evidence?
⦁ What are the sex crimes?
We Will Protect Your Rights
Sex crimes in the eyes of the law is a broad term because of the fact that it refers to a wide variety of crimes.
⦁ For example, there are many types of sex crimes including Indecent exposure, public sexual indecency, sexual abuse, sexual conduct with a minor, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, molestation of a child, and voyeurism.
All sex crimes are considered to be serious offenses. If you have been accused of a crime that involves any sexual components or believe you may be charged with such a crime, please do not hesitate to contact our team of experienced and dedicated sex crime defense attorneys so we can protect your rights, help you win your case, and move on with the rest your life.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give Arizona residents an overview of what rights they may or may not have with regard to sex crimes.
Contact Us If You Want A Team Of Aggressive Defense Attorneys On Your Side
The Baker Law Firm, LLC
Phoenix Criminal Defense & Family Law Attorneys
Michael S. Baker, Attorney
702 E. Coronado Road Phoenix, AZ 85006