If you’re accused of statutory rape in Arizona, there are some important things you should know. First off, there are different levels of crime under state law. For instance, it may be charged as a class 6 felony. This would result in a prison term of over one year. However, prosecutors may also charge the crime as a class 2 felony. A conviction will then result in a minimum of seven years behind bars. There are even times when life in prison is possible.
It’s also important to understand that additional defense strategies are available to you and your Phoenix statutory rape lawyer. For instance, Arizona has “Romeo and Juliet” laws that allow for consensual sex between individuals aged 15 to 19 as long as they’re not more than two years apart. Arizona is also one of the few jurisdictions where not knowing the alleged victim was underage is a valid defense — but only if they’re between the ages of 15 and 17.
Clearly, these are complex matters. That’s why you should speak with our statutory rape attorneys in Phoenix today. We can help you get a better understanding of your situation.