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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
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    On 10/20/07
    Just. from AZ said:
    Can anyone help me??? i am 17 and i will be 18 in three months, the guy im interested in is 21 and we have NOT!had sex but is it possible that he can still get in trouble for being 21 and just hanging out with me as friends and maybe even having a relationship??? If we aren't doing anything sexual??
    On 10/19/07
    Brian from AL said:
    I think that's gross!! I think the legal age for having intercourse should be 18. Because you never know you have HIV and spreading it to other peole. That stuff is nasty, ewww!!
    On 10/18/07
    Brian from AZ said:
    I honestly think the age for legal sex should be 15 or 16. I'm not saying this because I am 15 but due to the fact that most teens have sex at that age regardless of what the laws say. The laws wont stop most teens ready to have sex at the age of 15 or 16 so why should there be laws against it? Yes, it can be dangerous but with a law on it or without one, it will be the same. Of course, I would assume that these people are having sex with their partner that would be the same age, year down or a year up. I just think they should lower the law since it doesn't effect most teens thoughts upon it.
    On 09/29/07
    Bri from AZ said:
    That isn't fair that you have to be 18. It should be like 16 or 15. Having a law about it wont stop young people and its there DECISION to decide if they want to have sex not the laws! I thought we where a free country to do what we want.
    On 09/06/07
    Nicky from AZ said:
    How can I find out if a person has been arrested for any kind of sexual assault?
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