This section covers questions related to sex charges in the state of Arizona and provides answers to criminal defendants, their family members, and victims about what to expect during criminal prosecution. This information is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice. If you have already been, or may be, charged with a sexual offense in Arizona, you should retain experienced private counsel to assist you in defending your case. The information provided below does not create an attorney-client relationship between the reader and any member of Verdura Law Group PLLC.
For more information about sex crimes charges in Arizona, contact experienced former sex crimes prosecutor and Phoenix criminal defense attorney, Kaitlin S. Verdura, attorney at law.
Phoenix, Arizona Sex Crimes Frequently Asked Questions
1. What do I need to know if I’ve been charged with a sex offense in Arizona?
2. What’s the very first thing I should do if I’ve been charged with a sexual offense in Arizona?
3. What is the best course of action to take if I want to beat my sex offense charges?
4. What is the role of the prosecutor?
5. What is the role of a public defender?
6. What is the role of a private criminal defense attorney?
7. What is the difference between a private criminal defense attorney and a public defender and why does it matter?
8. What is a sex crimes specialist and why do I need one?
9. What is a plea offer or plea bargain?
10. What factors does the prosecutor consider when deciding what plea offer or bargain to give me and how can I get a better offer?
11. How can the prosecutor give somebody else who committed the same sex crime as I did a better deal?
12. What are some commonly charged sexual offenses in the state of Arizona?
13. What is a Dangerous Crimes Against Children (DCAC) charge and how does it affect my sentence?
14. What is the difference between a concurrent sentence and a consecutive sentence and how does that apply in sex crimes cases?
15. Are there any exceptions to mandatory consecutive sentencing for Dangerous Crimes Against Children (DCAC) charges?
16. If I am facing a life sentence, is there anything I can do to get out of prison early?
17. If I have been charged with Sexual Conduct with a Minor, a Dangerous Crimes Against Children, why am I facing more time than somebody else who has been charged with the same thing?
18. What sex crimes are considered non-bondable offenses in the state of Arizona?
19. If the judge said I’m non-bondable, is there anything I can do to get out of custody while my sex crimes charges are pending?
20. If I cannot get out of custody, what should I be doing while my sex crimes case is pending?
21. How long will it take for my sex crimes case to resolve?
22. If the incident happened a very long time ago, how can the state of Arizona bring charges against me now?
23. What is the difference between eyewitness testimony and expert testimony?
24. What type of expert testimony will I need to defend my case if I have been charged with a sex crime?
25. What happens if the victim wants the charges dropped?
26. Can the state continue to prosecute me even if the victim has changed his or her story?
27. Why won’t the state drop my sex crimes charges even if the victim’s story has changed?
28. What is recantation?
29. How does recantation affect my sex case?
30. What is impeachment?
31. What is delayed disclosure and how does it affect my sex case?
32. What is piecemeal disclosure and how does it affect my sex case?
33. What is a confrontation call?
34. What acts constitute Sexual Conduct with a Minor?
35. What acts constitute Molestation of a Child?
36. What acts constitute Sexual Abuse?
37. What is the difference between Sexual Abuse Dangerous Crimes Against Children (DCAC) and Sexual Abuse (Non-DCAC)?
38. What’s the difference between Sexual Conduct with a Minor and Child Molestation?
39. What is the difference between Sexual Conduct with a Minor and Sexual Abuse?
40. If I am convicted of a sex offense, will I be required to register as a sex offender?
41. What does sex offender registration in Arizona require and how does it work?
42. If I am required to register as a sex offender in another state, do I need to register in Arizona?
43. Can I have my record expunged if I have been convicted of a sex offense in Arizona?