In Arizona, crimes involving minor children are subject to serious sentencing enhancements under A.R.S. § 13-705. Generally, if the alleged victim of any crime involving sex or violence is under the age of 15, the offense may be charged as a dangerous crime against children. This has the effect of significantly increasing the amount of prison time a defendant is facing and raising the mandatory minimum required sentence for the defendant’s alleged crime. As an example, aggravated assault causing temporary disfigurement, or a fracture is a class four felony in Arizona. If charged as a non-dangerous, non-repetitive offense, aggravated assault carries a range of punishment from probation to 3.75 years in prison. If aggravated assault is charged as a dangerous crime against a minor child who is under fifteen years of age the defendant faces a range of penalties from 10 to 24 years in prison.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime involving a minor child, please contact us today. Allegations involving dangerous crimes against children are incredibly serious, but our attorneys have achieved excellent results for our clients in these cases. Despite the gravity of this sentencing enhancement, we have successfully negotiated very favorable plea offers for our clients in these types of cases, including deals that involved no prison time. Our attorneys are available to provide a free consultation seven days a week. Please don’t hesitate to call.
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