All sexual abuse charges are serious, but charges involving minors under the age of 18 can be especially complex and harrowing. Convictions for sexual conduct with a minor can result in significant losses for the accused. If the courts find you guilty of these charges, you can face years in jail and significant struggles in maintaining relationships, finding housing, or holding a job.
If you are facing charges for sexual conduct with a minor, contact a Scottsdale defense lawyer at the Hallam Law Group immediately. We provide legal representation for people facing charges for child molestation, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and more.
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Arizona law, as with most states, considers people adults when they reach the age of 18. Therefore, anyone under the age of 18 is a minor under state law. The “age of consent” in Arizona is 18 as well. “Age of consent” refers to the age that a person needs to be in order to engage in lawful sexual contact with another person. Engaging in sexual conduct with anyone under the age of 18 is illegal in Arizona.
This definition poses a number of tricky legal situations. For example, if you are a 21-year-old and your partner is only 17, you cannot engage in sexual contact with your partner. This sexual conduct includes intercourse or oral sexual contact.
Under Arizona Laws 13-1405, sexual conduct with a minor is defined as any sexual contact with a person under the age of 18. This charge differs from child molestation, which the state defines as sexual contact with a minor under the age of 15. The law states that a person cannot engage in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with anyone under the age of 18.
Sexual conduct with a minor is a Class 6 felony in Arizona. These charges can be serious and damaging. If you receive a conviction, these charges will likely follow you for the rest of your life.
Potential consequences for this charge include:
Under Arizona Revised Statute 13-1407, the state lists a number of acceptable defenses you can use to prevent prosecution in sexual conduct with a minor case.
You can defend yourself from these charges if:
Sexual conduct against a minor is a serious crime under Arizona law. Without an adequate defense, you could risk your reputation, freedom, and ability to live and work without restrictions. You want a strong sexual misconduct lawyer from Scottsdale on your side.
If you are facing charges for sexual conduct with a minor, contact Hallam Law Group today. Our attorneys will assist you with the investigation and trial process of your case, working diligently to achieve the best possible outcome. Call us today to schedule a free consultation at our Scottsdale offices.