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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
    6 thru 10 of 188 comments     1  [ 2 ]  3   4   5  ...   
    On 03/27/09
    funsiz from CA said:
    i did tht to a girl in now im in the jount it sucks to be in here...dont ever do something like tht....
    On 03/26/09
    :) from NY said:
    I hate this laws.There ios nothing wrong.It is your decision on whether to have it or not.I already had it w/ my boyfriend:)
    On 03/24/09
    from AZ said:
    if im 18 and my boyfriend is 23 do my parents have a say in anything can they call cops on him !! im 18
    On 03/23/09
    ashlEE from AZ said:
    I totally agree w/ that.But there's nothing wrong if you have it if you are 17 or 18.
    On 03/13/09
    Jordan from WI said:
    I dont know how old you have to be here in wisconsin to have sex but i see it as if you are at least 4-5 years apart it shouldnt matter as long as you love each other. My boyfriend is 17 about to turn 18 in about 4 months and i love him with all my heart but my parents dont know about him yet because im a guy too and they would kill me. But thats it i love him so much im going to tell them about him and if we do end up having sex it shouldnt be wrong because i love him and he loves me.
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