Sexual Abuse

Sexual Abuse

Crime of Sexual Abuse in Arizona, A.R.S. 13-1404.

Sexual abuse in Arizona, A.R.S. 13-1404, is committed by a person who intentionally or knowingly engages in sexual contact with any person who is fifteen or more years old without the consent of that person or by with any person who is under fifteen years of age if the sexual contact involves only the female breast.

Intentionally means a person's objective is to cause that result. An intentional act can also be to engage in that conduct.

Knowingly means a person is aware or believes that a person's conduct is of that nature or that circumstance exists.

Arizona law says sexual contact means any direct or indirect touching, fondling or manipulation of any part of the genitals, anus or female breast by any part of the body or by any object or causing a person to engage in such contact.

Arizona criminal defense attorney Brian DiPietro has successfully represented many clients who had been charged with sexual offenses. His success is a result of his 37 years of criminal law both as a prosecutor and defense counsel. He is familiar with the case law applicable to the charge of sexual abuse and is able to use this knowledge combined with his aggressive tough approach to defending his clients that have resulted in the favorable resolution of the crime of sexual abuse for his clients.

Penalties for the Crime of Sexual Contact in Arizona, A.R.S.13-1404.

Sexual Abuse in Arizona, A.R.S. 13-1404, is a class 5 felony unless the victim is under fifteen years of age in which case sexual abuse is a class 3 felony, and is punishable under A.R.S. 13-604.0.

Defenses for the Crime of Sexual Contact in Arizona, A.R.S. 13-1404.

It is a defense that the defendant was not motivated by a sexual interest.

If the lack of consent is because the victim is fifteen, sixteen or seventeen years old, and the defendant did not know nor could not reasonably know the victim is under eighteen then this may be a defense.

An act done in furtherance of lawful medical practice with a minor is a defense to the charge of sexual contact. Additional defenses to Sexual contact in Arizona, A.R.S. 13-1404, could be the following:

  • mistaken identity
  • alibi
  • insufficiency of state's case

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Contact Brian DiPietro Law PLLC today for a free case evaluation about your pending sexual contact case in Arizona. Brian DiPietro is an experienced, tough, aggressive Phoenix criminal defense attorney who will work hard to fight the charges against you to achieve the most favorable outcome for your particular sexual contact charge. Contact now Brian DiPietro Law PLLC at 623-242-1535 for a free confidential case evaluation about your charge of sexual contact in Arizona.

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