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Luring A Minor For Sexual Exploitation

Regardless of if you are in the Phoenix area, or somewhere else in the state of Arizona, according to A.R.S. 13-3554 Luring a Minor for Sexual Exploitation in Arizona, takes place if a person actually “lures” or they offer sex to a person knowing or having a reason to know that the person is a minor.

In most cases, an arrest will occur if an undercover police officer pretends they are a female who is 14 or under in a chat room on the internet. The officer works to make contact with a defendant and will then engage in a conversation that is sexual in nature. Usually, the officer will request some type of photo be emailed to them, and they may even email the individual back with a photo of a fake 14-year-old.

At this point, the officer will attempt to set up a meeting at a fast food restaurant for a certain time. When the defendant arrives, the undercover officers will be there and arrest the individual.

One of the first things that you should do when it comes to hiring facing any type of sex crime charge is to hire an attorney. Keep in mind, not just any attorney will do. You need an attorney, such as our law team, who has extensive experience in this area of law and that can help you achieve the desired outcome for your case. In the long run, this will help you achieve the best outcome possible for the situation and ensure you get the best defense available.

Possible Consequences For Luring A Minor For Purposes Of Sexual Exploitation

When it comes to this crime, the potential consequences include the following:

  • First offense class: This will result in the individual being charged with a class three felony. Punishment may be probation, along with zero to one year in jail, or prison time of two to eight-and-three-quarters years.
  • Individuals with one allegeable historical previous conviction: If this is the case, then the “prison only” range is between three and a half years to 16 and one-quarter years.
  • Individuals with two allegeable historical previous convictions: In this situation, the range for prison time is from seven and a half years to 25 years in jail.

If there is a situation where an actual minor is lured, not an undercover police officer, and the minor is 15 years of age, or under, this is considered a DCAC, or Dangerous Crime Against Children. This carries the punishment minimums/maximums for each conviction of – five years minimum in jail, 10 years presumptive in prison, 15 years as a maximum amount of time to be incarcerated.

If a person is convicted of even one previous felony, then the punishment range increases to be a minimum of eight years, presumptive of 15 years and maximum of 22 years.

Due to the fact that this is a DCAC charge, the defendant is required to complete 100% of the total prison time before even being considered for release. Also, if the person has been convicted of two counts, then they have to run the punishments consecutive to one another, which means the minimum would now be 10 years, with all other ranges also doubling.

Also, after being convicted of this crime, you must register as a sex offender, which is something that will remain on your record for the rest of your life. This registration means you are not permitted to have any type of contact with anyone who is under the age of 18 – including your own children – without first going through several testing procedures and after the consent of your probation officer has been given.

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