Protecting Your Reputation and Future – Maricopa County Sex Offense Lawyer
When you are burdened by allegations that you have committed a sex crime, it is natural to experience stress and apprehension about the future. Convictions for sex offenses carry the special stigma that accompanies a requirement of lifetime registration as a sex offender. This registration requirement can impact future romantic relationships, child custody and visitation orders, career opportunities and even where you are allowed to live. While anyone accused of a serious criminal offense will be anxious about the prospect of incarceration in prison, sex crimes often have the most lasting impact after a person has served their time.
At the Phoenix sex offense law firm of Ariano & Associates, PLLC, we recognize the life-altering impact of sex offense conviction, so we fervently defend our clients’ rights. There may be a tendency among the media, public, police and prosecutors to assume the worst when individuals stand accused of sex crimes. However, our Phoenix sex crimes defense lawyers have built our practice on an unassailable commitment to the presumption of innocence. Our role as your Arizona criminal defense attorneys is not to pass judgment, but to carefully investigate the facts, scrutinize the state’s evidence and aggressively challenge the adequacy against our client.
Our Phoenix sex crimes attorney handle the full spectrum of sexual offenses under Arizona law, such as:
- Forcible rape
- Solicitation of a prostitute
- Child molestation
- Date rape
- Sexual assault
- Child pornography
- Statutory rape
- Internet sex offenses
- Prostitution or pimping
- Indecent exposure
Consequences of a Phoenix Sex Crime Conviction
If you are convicted of any sex crime in Phoenix or throughout Arizona, you can face a significant term in state prison. If you are convicted for possession of no more than a single sexual image of a child, for example, you face a minimum sentence of ten years in state prison. The impact of such a sentence is magnified because sex offenders do not typically qualify for early release, parole or gain time under Arizona law. The urgency of obtaining a dismissal of the charges or an acquittal at trial is magnified by the fact that you generally will be required to serve your entire prison term.
If you are convicted of a sex crime in Phoenix, the consequences will haunt you long after your release from prison. The punishment associated with virtually all sex crime offenses includes mandatory registration as a sex offender. This means that someone can discover your criminal record and status as a registered sex offender by doing nothing more than entering a few “clicks” on a computer keyboard.
Aggressive Defense Strategies to Protect your Reputation and Keep You Out of Prison
Predictably, law enforcement agencies take these cases very seriously and prosecutors are especially aggressive in prosecuting cases involving sex offenses. While our criminal defense attorneys craft their defense strategy based on the specific facts and circumstances of your case, some of the defense strategies we might employ include:
- Exposing inconsistencies and lies by witnesses
- Seeking exclusion of evidence obtained without a search warrant or a valid exception
- Demonstrating entrapment by the government
- Moving to exclude statements that are obtained in violation of Miranda rights or that were obtained involuntarily
- Revealing contamination or mishandling of physical evidence
- Disclosing ulterior motives of the complaining witness like gaining an advantage in a divorce
Free Consultation with a Phoenix Sex Crimes Lawyer
Our attorneys at Ariano & Associates, PLLC bring our track record of proven success and provide tenacious dedication to seeking the best outcome for our clients whether it is a dismissal, acquittal or plea bargain. When we are retained during the investigative phase of a criminal case, we immediately intervene to protect our client’s rights and limit the scope of the investigation. Sometimes we can influence the charging decision, so these damaging charges are never filed, or less serious or fewer charges are brought against our client. Contact Ariano & Associates, PLLCi at (602) 666-0050, so we can answer your questions and defend your rights.