Sexual Misconduct


As defined under Arizona law, sexual crime laws account for many different types of situation or scenarios. For example, if the alleged crime occurs while the offender is at work, then the charges can be considered sexual misconduct. This particular crime encompasses a range of behaviors used to obtain sexual gratification against another’s will or at the expense of another. Sexual misconduct offenses can include sexual harassment, sexual assault, and any conduct of a sexual nature that is without consent, or has the effect of being threatening or intimidating while in a professional role or at work.

Since this definition is so broad, if you were charged with committing sexual misconduct in Arizona, it is vital to team up with a criminal defense attorney who understands these laws and can help you fight the charges and move on with your life.

Tempe Sexual Misconduct Defense Attorney

If you are facing allegations of sexual misconduct in Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Chandler, Scottsdale, or Phoenix, it's critical to understand your legal options. Whether the charges you are facing are false or exaggerated, defense attorney and former prosecutor James E. Novak will use his extensive trial experience to fight for your best options. With over a decade fighting for the futures of adults and youth in Maricopa County, this means that he will not settle for the easiest outcome and will fight to protect your future. Call (480) 413-1499 today for a free and honest review of your legal options.

Definition of Sexual Misconduct in Arizona

According to Arizona Revised Statutes § 13.1418, sexual conduct charges will be pursued when:

  • A behavioral health professional, psychiatrist or psychologist commits sexual misconduct by intentionally or knowingly engaging in sexual intercourse with a client who is currently under the care or supervision of the above mentioned professionals.

The same Arizona statute clarifies this statement with the following:

  • This does not apply to any act of sexual conduct that occurs between a licensed behavioral health professional, psychiatrist or psychologist and a client after the client has completed a course of treatment or it the client is not under the care or the above mentioned professionals.

In addition, there is also an Arizona Statute that is similar, but focuses on those working in correctional facilities. Arizona Revised Statutes § 13.1419 states that:

  • A person commits unlawful sexual conduct by intentionally or knowingly engaging in any act of a sexual nature with an offender who is in the custody of the state department of corrections, the department of juvenile corrections, a private prison facility, a juvenile detention facility or a city or county jail.

In this definition, “person” refers to employees, official visitors, volunteers and agency representatives. Additionally, “any act of a sexual nature” includes any completed, attempted, threatened or requested touching , or exposing of private parts, along with photographing, videotaping, filming, recording or otherwise viewing a prisoner or offender with intent to gratify sexual desire.

Penalties for Sexual Misconduct in Mesa

The consequences of committing sexual misconduct in Arizona can vary, but will most likely result in a felony charge no matter what the scenario in which the misconduct occurred.

According to section 13.1418 of the Arizona Revised Statutes:

  • Sexual Misconduct by a licensed behavioral health professional, psychiatrist or psychologist is punishable as a class 6 felony.

Class 6 felony – for a first time offender, the presumptive sentence is 1 year and/or a fine of between $750 and $150,000. For those who are repeat offenders (maximum 3 offenses), the prison sentence can range from 1 year to a maximum of 4.5 years.

With regard to those employed at, or officially connected to a correctional facility, section 13.1419 of the Arizona Revised Statutes states:

  • Unlawful sexual conduct with an offender who is between 15 and 17 years old is punishable as a class 3 felony. All other unlawful sexual conduct is punishable as a class 5 felony.

Class 3 felony – for a first time offender, the presumptive sentence is 2 to 3.5 years in prison and/or a fine between $750 and $150,000. For repeat offenders, the sentence is a 4.5 year minimum term with the potential maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Class 5 felony – for a first time offender, the presumptive sentence is 9 months to 2 years in prison and/or a fine ranging from $750 to $150,000. For repeat offenders, the presumptive sentence is 1.5 to 6 years in prison and/or a fine ranging from $750 to $150,000

Law Office of James E. Novak | Sexual Misconduct Arrest Lawyer in Tempe

Dealing with a sexual misconduct charge can be detrimental to both your professional and personal life. That is why having a competent and knowledgeable lawyer at your side is of the utmost importance. With a Masters in Counseling, James E. Novak has a deep perspective of many of the psychological factors that can play a role in jury selections and depositions, especially when facing such charges. Call (480) 413-1499 for a free consultation or send an online message to learn more about your legal options.

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