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21 - How long will it take for my sex crimes case to resolve?

Because sexual offenses carry such severe penalties, you should expect the process to take longer than most other cases.  The state’s investigation itself can take months before you’re ever even charged with the sex crime.  Once you’ve been charged with a sex crime, a good Phoenix criminal defense attorney should take the time needed pick apart the state’s investigation for any constitutional violations or legal errors, and to thoroughly investigate the case independently before the case is resolved.  Depending upon the legal strategies adopted by you and your defense attorney, you may decide to present mitigating evidence or a psychosexual evaluation.  This process also takes additional time when done effectively.

FAQ - Sex Crime Charges in Arizona