Arizona Sexual Assault Laws
If the sexual act does not involve one of those forms, then it falls under a different category of crime known as "sexual abuse."
Examples of sexual assault in Arizona
Sexual assault in Arizona can include any of the following acts:
- Sexual intercourse without consent means the penetration of the vulva, penis, or anus using anything.
- Oral sexual contact (with the vulva, penis, or anus) without consent - verbal threats, fear, or intimidation may be used to sexually assault someone.
Does it matter how old the victim was the time of the incident?
Yes, if the “victim” was under age 15, there are tougher penalties and sanctions in place including longer prison sentences including life in prison without possibility of parole or probation until after serving 35 years.
Sexual assault will land the offender in prison and likely on the Arizona Sex Offender Registry.
|Elements Sexual Assault||
Having sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with another person without their consent.
Date rape drug used: additional three (3) years added to sentence.
If defendant caused an intentional infliction of "serious physical injury" to the victim during the crime, sentence can become 25 years to life in prison.
|Mandatory Sex Registration?||
Yes, defendant will have to register for life as a sex offender.
Class two (2) felony, up to 14 years in prison. If the defendant has a prior felony sexual assault conviction up to 21 years in prison. If two (2) or more prior convictions, up to 28 years in prison.
When does a person "lack consent?"
Note:State laws are constantly changing -- please contact an Arizona criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
Arizona Criminal Laws Related Resources:
- Arizona Legal Research
- Arizona Revised Statutes
- Official State Codes- Links to the official online statutes (laws) in all 50 states and DC
Arizona Sexual Assault Resources:
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted contact any of the following resources:
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE
- Arizona Law Enforcement
- Arizona Prohibited Consensual Sexual Activities Laws
Accused of a Sexual Assault? Get Legal Help
Sexual assault cases in Arizona carry long jail sentences and huge fines. Not to mention the possibility of having to register as a sex offender for life. Don't go into your case unprepared. If you've been accused of a sexual assault in Arizona, contact a local sex crime attorney who knows Arizona laws and can assist you with a defense.
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