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    Laws - View Law: SEX OFFENSES


    SEX OFFENSES

    Beware of the serious consequences of committing any of the following sex offenses in the State of Arizona:

    In the State of Arizona, a person under 18 years old CANNOT consent to engage in sexual conduct (A.R.S. § 13-1401).

    Under Arizona law, sexual conduct is when a person intentionally or knowingly engages in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with a person under 18 years of age. Sexual conduct with a minor 15, 16 or 17 years old is class 6 felony. Sexual conduct with a minor under fifteen years of age is a class 2 felony.

    If you are a juvenile, and the victim is under 15 years, the county attorney has the discretion to bring adult charges against you (see Juvenile Justice). If the victim is 15 years or older, the county attorney has the option of asking a judge to allow him to bring adult charges against you. If a parent, stepparent, adoptive parent, legal guardian or foster parent engages in sexual conduct with a minor the person will be charged with a class 2 felony and could carry a prison term of 3 to 27 years maximum sentence (A.R.S. § 13-604.01).

    Sexual assault is when a person intentionally or knowingly engages in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with any person without consent of such a person and is a class 2 felony. In the State of Arizona, a person under the age of 18 years old cannot consent to sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact. A first time offense can lead to a prison term from 5.2 to 14 years.

    Sexual abuse is intentionally or knowingly engaging in sexual contact with any person 15 years of age of older without consent of that person or with any person which is under 15 years of age if the sexual contact involves only the female breast. If the victim is 15 years or older it is a class 5 felony. If the victim is under 15 years of age, it is a class 3 felony.

    If a juvenile is at least 15 years of age or older and commits a class 3 or higher felony sex offense, the juvenile will be tried as an adult. One such offense is forcible sexual assault which means if you use immediate or threaten to use immediate force during the commission of a sexual offense, you will automatically be tired in adult court. Once tried as an adult, always tried as an adult for any other crime even if you are a juvenile.

    If a juvenile is under 15 years of age and commits a class 3 or higher felony sex offense, it is at the discretion of the county attorney to request a transfer of juvenile to adult court. If you commit a crime and are under fourteen years old, the county attorney must petition the court to request a transfer hearing.

    If you need help, call one of these crisis hotlines:

    • Child Help USA Hotline 800-422-4453
    • Child Protective Services 888-SOS-CHILD or 888-767-2445
    • Pregnancy Hotline 800-848-5683
    • Youth Crisis Hotline 800-448-4663


    Comments
    1 thru 5 of 188 comments    [ 1 ]  2   3   4   5  ...   
    On 05/31/09
    from OR said:

    This is relevant to my interest

    On 05/24/09
    raven from AZ said:
    well i think sex iz overrated cause yah know my girl (friend) had it and thatz wayyyyy messed up? you shouldnt have sex until you are at least ready to have children "you can enjoy the pleasure one moment, and the next youre in the hospital pushin ur gutz out and poop urself"!!!!!!LOL well I hope you take my advise dont do sex unless you are NOT a minor>...!!! that meens 18 or older you may say im a little dumb 12 yr. old but im way mature than most people and Adults!!! take my advice 4 change
    On 04/27/09
    cristy from AZ said:
    There is no reason for people over the age of 15 to be dubbed as not mentally ready to make decisions themselves about who they want to have sex with. I understand that most young teens are not very mature, but those who are tend to date older people. More than 5 years is sick, and I understand the side were people think anyone over 18 is sick. There is no way to decide who you fall in love with, you don't just sit there and decide you want to cause drama and fall in love with an older guy. I think that parents have way to many rights, and i have been told many times by cops I have no rights
    On 04/20/09
    Spirit from AZ said:
    I think half of you are really young to ask these questions. The laws are not dumb. Think of it this way if a person is in an abusive situation and they are scared of the person they will say yes I consented. That would make it consensual and no longer rape. People hurt people. The law is a way to protect those that don't have a way to protect themselves and who don't know the actual consequences of sexual relationships or don't really understand them. (BTW I am 18)
    On 04/19/09
    m from AZ said:
    Does arizona look at age diffeence when 2 people over the age of 18 are sexual active...
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