Sex Crimes Lawyer in Phoenix, Arizona
Sex crimes are some of the most serious criminal allegations that you can face. Conviction for a sex crime in Arizona can lead to mandatory jail time and substantial prison time. A convicted sex criminal can also face lifetime probation and be required to register as a sex offender.
If you are under investigation or have been charged with a sex crime, you need an experienced advocate on your side that you can trust. Stewart Salwin is a former felony prosecutor and an experienced sex crime defense attorney in Phoenix. An Arizona native, Mr. Salwin graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2009 and began his career at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.
Having handled thousands of criminal cases, we know that sex crime allegations can often be motivated by hatred, child custody battles, divorce, and revenge. Just because you are accused or under investigation for a sex crime does not mean you are guilty. Salwin Law Group will fight for you to protect your good name and get back control of your life.
We defend clients against any type of sex crimes charge:
- Child abuse
- Child pornography
- Cyber crimes
- Failure to register as a sex offender
- Indecent exposure
- Sexual abuse
- Sexual assault
- Sexual conduct with a minor
- Sexual misconduct
Arizona Sex Crime Laws Carry Severe Penalties
If you are under investigation for a sex crime, you need to take the allegations very seriously. Sex crimes are second only to First Degree Murder in severity of punishments. This is way criminal defense attorneys call many Arizona sex crimes “life enders,” because conviction for some charges can amount to an effective life imprisonment sentence.
A conviction that requires you to register as a sex offender will likely make you unemployable from all but the most undesirable jobs. And the negative connotations of being a registered sex offender will haunt you for the rest of your life.
Some of the mandatory terms for sex crimes include:
- Child Molestation: 10 to 24 years (if the child is under 12, then the term is 35 to life)
- Child pornography: 10 to 24 years per image (usually 10 counts are charged, making this an effective life sentence)
- Prostitution: 15 to 180 days
- Sexual assault: 5 to 14 years
- Sexual conduct with a minor: 13 years to life in prison
Defenses to Sex Crime Charges
False allegations of sexual misconduct can come from a person who is bitter, angry, confused, or frightened. There are number of defenses that can be used to prove your innocence:
- Illegal search & seizure
- False identity
- False accusations
- Tainted evidence
- Suggestable victim
- Diminished capacity
- Flawed computer forensics
Get a Strategic Defense
Sex crimes are an incredibly serious accusation. If you face these charges, you need an attorney who take a deliberate and intelligent approach to your defense. There is no “one-size-fits-all” defense for these types of charges, and you need an attorney who will treat this case like it’s his only case. This is your life on the line. And you deserve nothing less.
As a Phoenix defense attorney, Stewart Salwin is deeply familiar with handling all types of sex crime cases and as a former prosecutor he knows what works to achieve real results. He takes a methodical approach to each case, and he knows how to negotiate with police investigators and prosecutors to achieve the best outcome for his clients.