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Sexual Assault in Arizona

Being the victim of sexual assault is one of the worst experiences that can happen. Sexual assault not only causes emotional and physical harm, but the repercussions of the abuse can be long-lasting, especially if your perpetrator is still out there. Like most states, the state of Arizona takes sexual assault very seriously. Victims of sexual assault are entitled to a number of remedies. If you are the victim of sexual assault in the Flagstaff and northern Arizona area, below is an overview of how Arizona law treats sexual assault and what remedies are available to you.

Definition of Sexual Assault in Arizona

Under Arizona Revised Statutes 13-1401, sexual assault can be characterized as “oral sexual conduct,” “sexual contact,” or “sexual intercourse.” Sexual assault occurs when the perpetrator performs these activities “without consent.” Sexual assault without consent means that the victim is coerced into the activity. In addition, if the victim has a mental disorder; mental defect; or is under the influence of drugs, alcohol, sleep, or any other similar impairment, then an activity is still characterized as sexual assault. If you have been the victim of sexual assault, legal resources can help you get justice.

Punishment for Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is a very serious crime in the state of Arizona. Under Arizona Revised Statute 13-1406, an individual commits sexual assault against you when he or she “intentionally or knowingly [engages] in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact” with you. In Arizona, sexual assault is a class 2 felony. The punishment depends upon whether the perpetrator has committed offenses in the past. The punishment can range from a minimum of 5.25 years to a maximum of 28 years when the individual has two or more prior felony convictions.

Actions to Take and Remedies

Your dignity as a victim is highly valued. If you are a victim of sexual assault, then it is recommended that you get prompt medical examination, treatment, and care. In addition, report to the police immediately and file a police report. Once you retain an attorney, the prosecution can take action against your perpetrator. As the victim of sexual assault, you are entitled to a number of remedies. A remedy can either be economic or non-economic, and its purpose is to rectify the situation in a manner that negates the wrongs that have occurred against you. Victims of sexual assault are often able to receive remedies for medical expenses, lost wages, counselling and therapy, and pain and suffering.

Legal Help

At Gonzales and Poirier, our dedicated team can provide you the high-quality legal representation that you deserve. We believe that everyone deserves a fair chance to have wrongs against them rectified and that every individual deserves to live in dignity and without fear from those who have committed wrong against them. Our legal representatives can help you get the compensation you deserve for the harm that has occurred against you. For more information, contact us today.