Sexual assault in today’s society leaves a stigma on the accused and is a crime that continues being punished after prison release through sex offender registries. Forensic evidence often shows that confessions are coerced and child testimonies are forced false accounts of what actually occurred.
In preparing your defense against sexual assault, a veteran Arizona sex crime attorney, such as Jesse Smith knows how to take apart the evidence and find the holes in the prosecution’s case.
Under Arizona Revised Statute (ARS) §13-1406, sexual assault is committed when a person intentionally or knowingly engages in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with another person without their consent.
Arizona statutes carry much harsher sentencing for sexual assault conviction than many other states. And the sentencing becomes even harsher when the case involves aggravating circumstances.
For example, if the victim is under 15 years old and the accused is 18 or older, then the victim’s age is an aggravating factor. Sentencing for an adult convicted of sexual assault of a child under 15 is punishable under ARS §13-705, which calls for life in prison without possibility of parole or probation until after serving 35 years.
If an earlier sexual assault conviction exists, you can be brought up on charges of a higher degree of felony.
Forensic evidence and witness testimony are usually pivotal in cases where the alleged victim and defendant are locked into he said-she said versions of what occurred. Our criminal law firm in Tucson has years of experience challenging evidence through motions to suppress and whenever possible through motions to dismiss. If we are brought into a case during the earliest stages, we may even be able to convince the prosecution to drop charges.
Because defendants accused of sexual abuse can be beaten down by the media and general public response, they need an exceptionally skilled lawyer to counter the prosecution.
Our Tucson criminal defense law firm has acquired expertise based on criminal trials that span three decades. You are treated with the utmost respect, and we take your case seriously. We understand what is at stake—and you do not have to face this challenge without skilled legal representation.
If you have been arrested and charged with Arizona rape or sexual assault, contact Jesse Smith, a skilled Arizona sexual abuse attorney. Call (520) 623-8343, toll free at (866) 675-8180, or fill out our online contact form.