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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
    46 thru 50 of 188 comments    ...  6   7   8   9  [ 10 ] ...   
    On 06/02/07
    Sky from FL said:
    if you are 15 and want to date a 19 year old if you do anything with them is it sexual assault. what if you consent?
    On 05/29/07
    Lenin from Othr said:
    Socialism by its very nature mandates that all men are equal in this world. I believe that however no matter the case that a buffer law should exist in the teenage Proletariat. That such teenagers should be able to consent if they are over the age of 15 and are at the very most 2 years apart. The problems of such relationships should be shown in school, but should they crop up, there is no reason that such young romanticists should be crushed in every way for such beliefs.
    On 05/20/07
    bj from AZ said:
    My daughter is 14 years old. A man age 20 got her pregnant. This is wrong and sick, yet Arizona, Tempe Police said if it was consensual than it is not a crime. WHAT! my daughter is to young to consent to this. Help, I am angry and confused
    On 05/18/07
    Steve from NJ said:
    This is amazing... If a 17 year old an an 18 year old want to have sex, they should be allowed. Parents really need to back down. I understand that they are looking out for there children, but children "should" know how to use protection. You learn it in 5th grade. Now, some of these ages or crazy. 19 and 12? 16 and 26? these older guys or girls and just looking for sex. thats perverted. For anybody under 18, there should be a 2 year age of consent law.
    On 11/14/06
    Brittany from NY said:
    how long does it take for all the above law jobs there is in new york state?
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