Were you Arrested for or Accused of Human Trafficking in Phoenix?
If you were arrested for or accused of human trafficking in Phoenix, you may face state and/or federal charges. A conviction may result in incarceration, fines and other severe consequences. It is essential to obtain experienced, quality legal representation from a skilled sex offense attorney. Jeremy Geigle of Jackson White Law provides representation to those accused of human trafficking and other criminal offenses.
Human Trafficking Defined in Arizona:
According to A.R.S. 13-1308, Trafficking of persons for forced labor or services; it is illegal to engage in trafficking activities (edited for brevity):
- Knowingly traffic another person for forced labor or services
- Knowingly benefit, financially or (otherwise) from participation in these activities
Forced labor or services performed by another:
- Causes or threatens to cause serious physical injury to any person
- Restraining or threatening to physically restrain another person
- Controlling another’s passport or government identification documents
- Abuses the legal system
- Financially harms another
- Facilitation or controlling another person’s access to a controlled substance
“Traffic” means to entice, recruit, harbor, provide, transport or obtain another person by deception, coercion or force.
Federal laws strictly prohibit human trafficking:
- The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining a person for labor or services through force, fraud or coercion for involuntary servitude, debt bondage, slavery
- Sex trafficking – commercial sex act induced by force, fraud, coercion or if person is under 18
Penalties for Human Trafficking in Arizona:
Depending on the specific charges, a conviction may result in:
- Class 4 felony: unlawfully obtaining labor or services
- Class 2 felony: sex trafficking
- Class 2 felony: trafficking for forced labor or services
- Prison sentences vary greatly, ranging from years to decades depending on the case
- Permanent criminal record
- Civil liability may result in extreme fines
Defending Against Human Trafficking in Phoenix, Arizona:
- Improper police procedure
- False allegations
- Lack of evidence
- Improperly obtained evidence
No-Obligation Legal Consultation with a Phoenix Human Trafficking Defense Attorney:
As you can see from reading above, the laws defining human trafficking are extremely complicated and detailed. In order to understand the charges against you, obtain a free consultation with a highly experienced and committed human trafficking attorney, Jeremy Geigle of Jackson White Law. In your consultation you will be able to ask Jeremy the questions that are on your mind. You will obtain a clearer understanding of where you stand and how to proceed in your case. Reasonable rates and financing allow clients the opportunity to receive quality legal representation. Call our office at 480-818-9943 to schedule your free case evaluation.