This post concludes my series on the handling of sex related criminal charges in Phoenix, Arizona. I decided to write on this topic due to the fact that many feel that “all hope is lost” once they are charged with such an offense. My goal with this series has been to provide information which helps an accused to understand their options and to allow one facing charges to make a more informed decision when selecting a criminal defense lawyer. I cannot stress enough that you should contact an attorney immediately if you have been charged.
I have addressed several topics over my recent articles. Issues which I have analyzed include:
- Defending against sexual assault or rape allegations
- Dealing with pornography charges
- Serving probation for a sex offense
- Arizona’s sex offender registration requirements
These are important topics for multiple reasons. First, few charges are as aggressively prosecuted as those involving an assault. Prosecutors tend to offer harsh plea bargains in such matters and Judges have little patience for those who have been convicted. Second, those facing a child pornography related offense often have possible defenses which stem from search and seizure issues. Third, it is important to understand that those convicted of a sex offense will have stricter probation requirements than many others on supervision. Finally, failing to register can result in the revocation of probation as well as new criminal charges.
Retaining an experienced lawyer can assist in your defense. Once retained, counsel will obtain police reports, witness statements, and examine any physical evidence. He or she will conduct a full investigation. Should a private investigator be necessary, and you lack the funds to pay for one, then an attorney can Petition the State to pay such expenses. Most importantly, counsel will make sure that you are prepared for trial and that you know what to expect as your case moves forward.
I am a Phoenix defense attorney who assists area residents facing a sexual related charge. Contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation. My office also represents defendants in other Maricopa County cities such as Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Gilbert. We also assist Pima County residents in Tucson.