If you or a loved one has been charged with having sex with a minor, the implications can be life-altering. A young adult can have a conviction on their record that derails their life plans. An older adult can face the very real consequences associated with becoming a registered sex offender – in addition to time in prison. If you’ve been arrested for having sex with a minor, it’s critical that you obtain legal representation as soon as humanly possible in order to mitigate what are unthinkable outcomes.
Under Arizona law, sex with a minor involves sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact. The charges and potential penalties for having sex with a minor depend upon the age of the minor. Having sex with minors who are 15, 16, or 17 years old is considered a class 6 felony, and carries a prison term of up to six months. If the charge is having sex with a minor under 15, it is a class 2 felony. A conviction would result in a minimum of 13 years in prison; a second conviction would mean a minimum of 23 years behind bars. If the person is less than 12 years old, a conviction of having sex with a minor comes with life imprisonment.
There are many ways to win a case involving sex with a minor in Arizona, as well as ways to get the charges reduced and penalties minimized. Some of the most common defenses Paul Ramos uses are:
If you’ve been accused of having sex with a minor, the time to act is NOW. You need an attorney by your side – but not just any attorney. Paul Ramos has been fighting and winning these types of cases for nearly 30 years.
We have a solid track record of getting charges of having sex with a minor dismissed in Phoenix, Chandler, Mesa, and cities and towns across Arizona. We’re standing by, ready to help you navigate Arizona’s complex criminal justice system.
Call us. We’ll deliver the aggressive defense you deserve and fight to prevent you from being convicted of a crime that will turn your life upside down.
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