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Sex Offenses

Sex Offense is a very serious crime

Accusations of a sex offense can lead to lifelong criminal and social penalties. If you’ve been accused of a sex crime it is imperative you retain a defense lawyer capable of fighting charges of that magnitude. The attorney’s at Tait & Hall has experience defending people charged with sex offenses across Arizona, California, and internationally. Convictions for sex crimes in Arizona carry severe mandatory minimums which often include mandatory prison terms, lifetime probation, and lifetime sex offender registration. Those fortunate to avoid life imprisonment will still face crippling social consequences if convicted. Impacts on employment and registry as a sex offender will all but guarantee a life wrought with challenges. If you’ve been accused of a sex offense in Arizona there is a lot weighing on the outcome of your case.

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Sex Offenses Overview:

In Arizona, sex offenses include many sex-related crimes, each with their own sentencing guidelines. Sentences for sex crimes are typically subject to sentencing enhancements. These include increasing prison sentences due to the alleged victim’s age, the defendant’s criminal and personal history, the dates of the alleged offenses, and many other aggravating factors.

In Arizona, sex offenses can include:

Sexual Assault (ARS 13-1406). Anyone accused of performing willful, intentional, and non-consensual acts on another person may be charged with sexual assault. Sexual assault charges are Class 2 felony offenses with prison sentences ranging up to 14 years for a first offense.

Sexual Abuse (ARS 13-1404). Sexual abuse charges result from any sexual contact with any person over 15. For cases where the alleged victim is under 15, these charges may be applied in cases of inappropriate contact limited only to the breast. Age will play a large role in determining the type of felony charge and potential sentencing for conviction.

Indecent Exposure (ARS 13-1402). For indecent exposure charges, the act and age of the victim(s) can affect the severity of charges. Indecent exposure charges can result from exposure of the genitalia or breast if another person is present, regardless of whether the other person actually saw the nudity. Indecent exposure charges are misdemeanor charges if the alleged victim was aged 15 or above. If the other person was under the age of 15, the charge will be upgraded to a Class 6 felony. Misdemeanor convictions may result in jail sentences of up to six months and felony indecent exposure convictions carry up to two years in prison. Both misdemeanor and felony convictions carry the possibility of lifetime sex offender registration.

Sexual offenses against children carry increased sentences and criminal penalties for conviction. Offenders with previous convictions can expect to face heavy sentence enhancements atop lengthy minimums. The age of consent in Arizona is 18; the court will not recognize the defense of a minor offering consent.

Child Molestation (ARS 13-1410). Child molestation charges follow accusations of engaging in sexual contact with a minor. This includes any sexually-motivated fondling or touching, direct or otherwise, of any minor under the age of 15. Child molestation is classified as a Class 2 felony and Dangerous Crime Against Children (DCAC). Prison terms for child molestation range from 10 years for each count and longer depending on the circumstances of the case.

Sexual Conduct with a Minor (ARS 13-1405). An adult who engages in sexual intercourse, digital penetration, or oral sexual contact with a minor may be convicted of sexual conduct with a minor. Cases in which the alleged victim is aged 15 -17 may result in Class 6 felony convictions. Cases involving minors under the age of 15 are tried as Class 2 felonies. Crimes involving children under 12 years old carry the most severe penalties. Depending on the age of alleged victim, number of victims, and number of acts, someone accused of sexual conduct with a minor may face probation up to life in prison.

Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (ARS 13-3553). Charges of sexual exploitation of a minor are often referred to as child pornography charges. Law enforcement agencies are continually performing sting operations for child pornography. Their broad powers include pressing charges against anyone suspected of knowingly possessing, recording, duplicating, transporting, distributing, or otherwise encountering child pornography or associated equipment. In cases of minors under the age of 15, defendants will be charged with a Dangerous Crime Against Children (DCAC) and will face a minimum of 10 years for each image. Child pornography convictions can result in mandatory sentences of hundreds of years.

Sex crimes in Arizona often carry harsher penalties than murder. The consequences for conviction go well beyond incarceration. Registering as a sex offender can lead to a lifetime of difficulties finding employment or even a place to live. Convicted sex offenders may face challenges visiting with their own family members. If you are facing a sex offense charge, you are facing a lifetime of consequences. Contact the Attorney’s at Tait & Hall to defend against sex crimes charges. They have defended sex cases throughout Arizona, in federal and state courts. They have also appeared pro hac vice in the Central District of California to defend against international child pornography charges and related charges. They have successfully gained pretrial release and favorable outcomes for dozens of clients. As a certified criminal law specialist and experienced sex crimes attorney, one of our attorney’s Elizabeth Mullins, has also trained other lawyers on how to defend and try sex cases. She has also successfully modified or terminated sex offender probation in both state and federal court.

Sex crimes are complex and prosecutors usually have doctors, computer forensics experts, and psychologists assisting them in the investigation and available testify at trial. Tait & Hall attorney’s maintain a network of some of the most highly respected expert witnesses in the country. They can access computer forensic examinations, obtain psychosexual risk assessments, polygraphs, and expert testimony for your defense. They will challenge improper forensic interviewing techniques by law enforcement and the validity of sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) reports. If you’ve been arrested for a sex offense, or suspect that you may be accused, call the Attorneys at Tait & Hall and begin working on your defense NOW.





-Testimonials-

"I am not exaggerating when I say that choosing to hire Ryan Tait as my attorney has had a greater impact in changing the course of my life for the better than any other decision I have ever made. I retained him as my attorney during the most stressful time of my entire life--I was being investigated by law enforcement for something that had the potential for life altering consequences. Law enforcement had severe and damning evidence against me and I was absolutely terrified that I was going to lose everything. Ryan got involved and was incredibly aggressive in working with law enforcement to resolve the matter. He was able to get ALL charges dropped which was something I didn't think would ever be possible. Before hiring Ryan I had consulted with a different attorney who suggested that my best possible option was to plea to some pretty serious offenses-I was devastated at that news and continued my search for an attorney who wouldn't give up--that's when I found Ryan. I am so glad that I didn't listen to the other attorney and instead invested in hiring Ryan as my attorney. He was so easy to talk to and was compassionate and totally nonjudgmental. He believed in me and was confident and passionate about fighting for me. At the end of the whole ordeal I was told by an individual from law enforcement that I was incredibly lucky that I had such a good attorney--I believe this to be true and it is obvious that he is well known and respected and/or feared by law enforcement. If you are reading this review because you are searching for an attorney, I can say with confidence that you will not regret choosing to hire Ryan Tait."

Allison

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-06-24T13:49:45-07:00

Allison

"I am not exaggerating when I say that choosing to hire Ryan Tait as my attorney has had a greater impact in changing the course of my life for the better than any other decision I have ever made. I retained him as my attorney during the most stressful time of my entire life--I was being investigated by law enforcement for something that had the potential for life altering consequences. Law enforcement had severe and damning evidence against me and I was absolutely terrified that I was going to lose everything. Ryan got involved and was incredibly aggressive in working with law enforcement to resolve the matter. He was able to get ALL charges dropped which was something I didn't think would ever be possible. Before hiring Ryan I had consulted with a different attorney who suggested that my best possible option was to plea to some pretty serious offenses-I was devastated at that news and continued my search for an attorney who wouldn't give up--that's when I found Ryan. I am so glad that I didn't listen to the other attorney and instead invested in hiring Ryan as my attorney. He was so easy to talk to and was compassionate and totally nonjudgmental. He believed in me and was confident and passionate about fighting for me. At the end of the whole ordeal I was told by an individual from law enforcement that I was incredibly lucky that I had such a good attorney--I believe this to be true and it is obvious that he is well known and respected and/or feared by law enforcement. If you are reading this review because you are searching for an attorney, I can say with confidence that you will not regret choosing to hire Ryan Tait."

"I will highly recommend Ryan to any one, personally i can say he is one of the best lawyers in AZ, he does his best to get the job done. He always demonstrated confidence which gave us peace of mind. He treats his clients with respect and he knows how to listen. Ryan did an excellent job in our case he persevered until the end. If you are looking for a lawyer that gets the job done and always willing to tell you the truth get Ryan."

Laura

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-06-24T13:52:39-07:00

Laura

"I will highly recommend Ryan to any one, personally i can say he is one of the best lawyers in AZ, he does his best to get the job done. He always demonstrated confidence which gave us peace of mind. He treats his clients with respect and he knows how to listen. Ryan did an excellent job in our case he persevered until the end. If you are looking for a lawyer that gets the job done and always willing to tell you the truth get Ryan."

"Arthur Hall used to be a former prosecutor before becoming a defense attorney. As soon as I learned that he was a prosecutor, I felt that I had an advantage not many other do. I feel that his past experience gave him knowledge of the law, but also a lot of confidence and rapport with the people who had the case against me and the judges. It was nice to feel confident in someone who had my freedom in his hands. He was aggressive with his negotiations because he knew based on my case and his prosecutorial experience what the best deal was that he could get. I highly recommend AJ to defend you."

A Satisfied Client

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-06-24T13:53:17-07:00

A Satisfied Client

"Arthur Hall used to be a former prosecutor before becoming a defense attorney. As soon as I learned that he was a prosecutor, I felt that I had an advantage not many other do. I feel that his past experience gave him knowledge of the law, but also a lot of confidence and rapport with the people who had the case against me and the judges. It was nice to feel confident in someone who had my freedom in his hands. He was aggressive with his negotiations because he knew based on my case and his prosecutorial experience what the best deal was that he could get. I highly recommend AJ to defend you."

"I was charged with an Aggravated Assault based on a mistaken identification. It was terrifying dealing with the possibility of going to prison for something I didn’t do! The prosecutor refused to dismiss my case for a long time, but Ryan never gave up. He kept fighting with the prosecutor until eventually my case was dismissed and I was finally able to go back to living my life! I would totally recommend Ryan to anyone who is innocent of their charges."

A.G. Phoenix, AZ

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-06-24T13:54:02-07:00

A.G. Phoenix, AZ

"I was charged with an Aggravated Assault based on a mistaken identification. It was terrifying dealing with the possibility of going to prison for something I didn’t do! The prosecutor refused to dismiss my case for a long time, but Ryan never gave up. He kept fighting with the prosecutor until eventually my case was dismissed and I was finally able to go back to living my life! I would totally recommend Ryan to anyone who is innocent of their charges."

"My nephew was in the wrong place at the wrong time and ended up being charged with several serious felonies. He was facing no less than 40 years in prison! Our entire family was shocked when we found out how harsh Arizona’s laws are for people who make innocent mistakes. My nephew was such a good kid who did not deserve to be locked up for most of his life. Ryan not only answered all of our questions and helped us through the case, but truly cared about our family and my nephew. The State offered him a plea to 13-17 years. Ryan outlined all the pros and cons of going to trial, which is what my nephew did. After 3 weeks of trial, with all of us sitting on pins and needles, Ryan convinced the jury to come back not guilty on all of the most serious charges and my nephew ended up only serving a year! Our family will forever be grateful for Ryan’s passionate and caring representation." 

K.E. Phoenix, AZ

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-06-24T13:54:51-07:00

K.E. Phoenix, AZ

"My nephew was in the wrong place at the wrong time and ended up being charged with several serious felonies. He was facing no less than 40 years in prison! Our entire family was shocked when we found out how harsh Arizona’s laws are for people who make innocent mistakes. My nephew was such a good kid who did not deserve to be locked up for most of his life. Ryan not only answered all of our questions and helped us through the case, but truly cared about our family and my nephew. The State offered him a plea to 13-17 years. Ryan outlined all the pros and cons of going to trial, which is what my nephew did. After 3 weeks of trial, with all of us sitting on pins and needles, Ryan convinced the jury to come back not guilty on all of the most serious charges and my nephew ended up only serving a year! Our family will forever be grateful for Ryan’s passionate and caring representation." 

"When time is against you in the worst possible way, you find yourself wishing two things:

  1. Wishing you knew a criminal Attorney before you got in trouble.

  2. Wishing your best friend was a criminal Attorney


That’s where Arthur comes into play.. Expect the same representation from start to finish as if your life long best friend was standing next to you fighting for the best possible achievable outcome.

The ending result will provide two additional life long benefits

  1. You have a new best friend

  2. If you ever find yourself in a bad spot again… Your best friend is a criminal defense Attorney."


 

A Satisfied Client

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-06-24T13:56:04-07:00

A Satisfied Client

"When time is against you in the worst possible way, you find yourself wishing two things: Wishing you knew a criminal Attorney before you got in trouble. Wishing your best friend was a criminal Attorney That’s where Arthur comes into play.. Expect the same representation from start to finish as if your life long best friend was standing next to you fighting for the best possible achievable outcome. The ending result will provide two additional life long benefits You have a new best friend If you ever find yourself in a bad spot again… Your best friend is a criminal defense Attorney."  

"AJ Hall was INCREDIBLE from the minute I called him and told him my situation until the very last court date where he got me an incredible deal… More than I could have ever hoped for. AJ took on my case and made me feel comfortable right away and never made me promises he couldn’t keep. He guided me and never mislead me even good news or not. Throughout my whole very long ordeal he was so professional, informative, compassionate, and fought so hard to get me what I needed!! Although the battle was rough he never gave up and was willing to do whatever I wanted, take it as far as I wanted to get the outcome I wanted/needed! And I can’t be more thankful. He went to court so many times for me to fight my battle and to get me the best possible outcome and he did!!! The very last court date when it seemed the outcome on everything would be great except for 1 thing my worst fear jail time me having to leave my children and go there (I even had a date picked to check in) he got it over turned and save me from it and for that I am forever grateful. He handles everything with care and compassion. I highly recommend him!! Thank You Thank You Thank You!!!!"

Michelle

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-06-24T13:57:46-07:00

Michelle

"AJ Hall was INCREDIBLE from the minute I called him and told him my situation until the very last court date where he got me an incredible deal… More than I could have ever hoped for. AJ took on my case and made me feel comfortable right away and never made me promises he couldn’t keep. He guided me and never mislead me even good news or not. Throughout my whole very long ordeal he was so professional, informative, compassionate, and fought so hard to get me what I needed!! Although the battle was rough he never gave up and was willing to do whatever I wanted, take it as far as I wanted to get the outcome I wanted/needed! And I can’t be more thankful. He went to court so many times for me to fight my battle and to get me the best possible outcome and he did!!! The very last court date when it seemed the outcome on everything would be great except for 1 thing my worst fear jail time me having to leave my children and go there (I even had a date picked to check in) he got it over turned and save me from it and for that I am forever grateful. He handles everything with care and compassion. I highly recommend him!! Thank You Thank You Thank You!!!!"

"I hired this lawyer to take on my case that didn't look like it was a winning case he won my case for me and I'm a free woman today to be able to speak of it. "

Aaronessa

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-06-24T13:58:26-07:00

Aaronessa

"I hired this lawyer to take on my case that didn't look like it was a winning case he won my case for me and I'm a free woman today to be able to speak of it. "

"We would like to write a review for Ryan Tait as we are extremely pleased with his very professional representation on our family case. Thank for always keeping us informed . We would definitely recommend him as he has all of the necessary knowledge and experience to be an outstanding legal adviser. Thank you for always. "

Heidi

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-06-24T13:59:01-07:00

Heidi

"We would like to write a review for Ryan Tait as we are extremely pleased with his very professional representation on our family case. Thank for always keeping us informed . We would definitely recommend him as he has all of the necessary knowledge and experience to be an outstanding legal adviser. Thank you for always. "

"We were referred to Tait & Hall through friends. We are so happy we chose this legal team to represent my son, as well as, helping us through the process of legal action. Their defense knowledge and experience put us at ease. We worked with Mr. Tait...who was very confident, yet realistic. I plan to refer anyone in the issues we faced to use Tait & Hall."

 

 

A Satisfied Client

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-06-24T13:59:40-07:00

A Satisfied Client

"We were referred to Tait & Hall through friends. We are so happy we chose this legal team to represent my son, as well as, helping us through the process of legal action. Their defense knowledge and experience put us at ease. We worked with Mr. Tait...who was very confident, yet realistic. I plan to refer anyone in the issues we faced to use Tait & Hall."    

"Ryan Tait did an excellent job for our family. Ryan was very cordial and professional. He answered every single phone call of mine and took all the time I needed to talk about our case. Ryan called me exactly when he said he would call and he would have all the information he said he would have for me. We are very satisfied with Mr. Tait and his fine associate Mr. A.J. Hall. The outcome of our case was far better than we expected. We would highly recommend Ryan Tait to anyone who needs a very competent and aggressive attorney."

Frank

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-06-24T14:00:16-07:00

Frank

"Ryan Tait did an excellent job for our family. Ryan was very cordial and professional. He answered every single phone call of mine and took all the time I needed to talk about our case. Ryan called me exactly when he said he would call and he would have all the information he said he would have for me. We are very satisfied with Mr. Tait and his fine associate Mr. A.J. Hall. The outcome of our case was far better than we expected. We would highly recommend Ryan Tait to anyone who needs a very competent and aggressive attorney."

My family hired Ryan Tait to fight for my family member. Ryan was very confident in our case. He went over all the pros and cons. He answered all our questions and calls. He knows what he is doing. Ryan has knowledge on both sides as a prosecutor and defense as well. Ryan has a lot of patience. The first attorney want a year in prison and Ryan at the was recommending no prison only time served. When the case was near the end. There was only probation that was going to be offered. Thank you so much Tait and Hall for all your hard work and time including your staff. May God Bless your firm abundantly and always watch over your firm.

C Such

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-09-28T23:11:35-07:00

C Such

My family hired Ryan Tait to fight for my family member. Ryan was very confident in our case. He went over all the pros and cons. He answered all our questions and calls. He knows what he is doing. Ryan has knowledge on both sides as a prosecutor and defense as well. Ryan has a lot of patience. The first attorney want a year in prison and Ryan at the was recommending no prison only time served. When the case was near the end. There was only probation that was going to be offered. Thank you so much Tait and Hall for all your hard work and time including your staff. May God Bless your firm abundantly and always watch over your firm.

Absolutely The Best Lawyers in the Valley, I've used them for multiple things over the years and they always come through. No one in this field is more trustworthy than Ryan and AJ

Nick Knudsen

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-09-28T23:14:28-07:00

Nick Knudsen

Absolutely The Best Lawyers in the Valley, I've used them for multiple things over the years and they always come through. No one in this field is more trustworthy than Ryan and AJ

Ryan is absolutely awesome and professional. He gave me all detailed advice I needed. He is nice and patient. I definitely recommend Ryan and his law firm! Thank you Ryan!

Qian Chen

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-09-28T23:15:50-07:00

Qian Chen

Ryan is absolutely awesome and professional. He gave me all detailed advice I needed. He is nice and patient. I definitely recommend Ryan and his law firm! Thank you Ryan!

I hired Tait & Hall to fight a case for me, and they won my case without me ever having to go to court. I'm happy I hired them, I would highly recommend Tait & Hall.

Angela Agramonte

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-09-28T23:20:43-07:00

Angela Agramonte

I hired Tait & Hall to fight a case for me, and they won my case without me ever having to go to court. I'm happy I hired them, I would highly recommend Tait & Hall.

This morning I met with AJ Hall and I felt very comfortable and confident with the consultation I received. Extremely knowledgeable advice and legal coucel and I highly recommend Tait & Hall and their legal team. Thank you!

Sidney Lang

Five star reviews Criminal Law & DUI
5.0
2019-09-28T23:23:31-07:00

Sidney Lang

This morning I met with AJ Hall and I felt very comfortable and confident with the consultation I received. Extremely knowledgeable advice and legal coucel and I highly recommend Tait & Hall and their legal team. Thank you!
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