Understanding Sexual Assault, Rape, Date Rape and Statutory Rape:
Sex offenses are specifically defined by statute in Arizona; they are complicated and extensive. Of course, for specific information pertaining to your case, it is essential to contact a Phoenix sex offense attorney. Attorney Jeremy Geigle of Jackson White defends clients who are charged with sexual crimes.
- “Rape” is not a legal term in Arizona. Instead, the terms “sexual abuse” or “sexual assault” may be used.
Definition of Sexual Assault in Arizona:
According to Revised Arizona Statutes 13-1406, a person commits sexual assault by:
- Intentionally or knowingly engaging in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with any person without consent of the person.
- If the sexual assault was deadly and intentionally inflicted serious physical injury, a life sentence may be imposed, with a minimum sentence of 25 years.
- If the defendant was at least 18 and the victim was 12 or younger, a minimum sentence of 35 years may be imposed.
- “Date rape” is nonconsensual sexual intercourse that occurs during a date. In some cases alcohol or drugs may be used to sedate or tranquilize the victim.
- “Statutory rape” applies to sexual conduct with a minor 18 years or younger. If the victim is under 15, the offense is a class 2 felony; if the victim is at least 15, the offense is a class 5 felony.
At Jackson White Criminal Defense, Attorney Jeremy Geigle defends juvenile and adult clients throughout Phoenix and Mesa. If you were arrested for a sex offense or if you believe that charges are going to be filed against you, obtain legal counsel at the earliest possible time.
Consequences of Sexual Assault in Arizona:
Sexual assault is a class 2 felony in Arizona. Maricopa County Attorneys vigorously prosecute sexual assault defendants. Prison terms vary according to the specific circumstances of the case:
- Minimum: 5.25 years
- Presumptive: 7 years
- Maximum 14 years
Prior felony conviction:
- Minimum: 7 years
- Presumptive: 10.5 years
- Maximum: 21 years
Two or more prior felony convictions:
- Minimum: 14 years
- Presumptive: 15.75 years
- Maximum: 28 years
Other consequences include, but are not limited to:
- Mandatory Arizona sex offender registration
- Permanent criminal record
- Living and working specifications intended to keep offender away from areas where children frequent
- Supervised release
Complimentary Consultation with a Phoenix Sexual Assault Defense Attorney
Mr. Geigle treats his clients with respect and compassion. He is a caring, sincere attorney who is devoted to his clients’ freedom and personal rights. He realizes that you are going through an extremely challenging time in your life; he is there to support you throughout this ordeal. Financing and affordable rates make superior legal representation available to the average budget. Attorney Geigle and his staff welcome your questions. Please call our office at 480-818-9943 for a complimentary, confidential consultation where you will be given the opportunity to discuss your case with Attorney Geigle. There is no obligation for this consultation.