Do you need the services of an Arizona sexual assault lawyer? If so, contact the Dwane Cates Law Group, PLLC if you are facing sexual assault or rape charges.
Potential Consequences for Sexual Assault and Rape Charges
Sexual assault is considered a class two felony. Each time someone faces these charges, the possible punishment is increased. Learn more here:
- First offense: For a first offense the minimum time in prison is 5.25 years, or five years and three months, with the presumptive being seven years and the maximum sentence being 14 years behind bars.
- Those with 1 prior offense: If the individual has a prior felony conviction, then the possible punishment range will be increased to a minimum of seven years in jail, with the presumptive being 10 years, six months, and the maximum for this being 21 years behind bars.
- Those with 2 prior offenses: If the individual has two or more prior felony convictions, then the minimum sentence will be 14 years behind bars, with the presumptive being 15 years and 9 months, and the maximum time behind bars being 28 years.
It is also important to note, that if there is any type of drug proven to be used while the offense is being perpetrated, for example if there is proof of the “date rape drug” or a “roofie” then the individual will have an additional three years automatically added to the minimum, the presumptive and the maximum sentences that were highlighted above.
A last consideration is that if the sexual assault or rape included any type of knowing or intentional infliction of some type of serious physical injury, then the defendant may face additional sentence that ranges from 25 years in prison, up to life in prison. An individual facing these charges will be required to serve 100 percent of the time they are given before they will even be considered to be released.