Authorities in Arizona have reported that former NFL star Warren Sapp was taken into custody during the early morning hours of Feb. 2 after an incident at a Phoenix hotel. Sapp had been staying at the hotel while he covered the Super Bowl for the NFL Network. The former defensive lineman has been charged with soliciting a prostitute and assault. He faces a jail sentence of between 15 days and six months if convicted.
If you are an Arizona resident facing a sex crimes charge, you probably understand the severity of the penalties you could face. In the eyes of the law, there are no minor sex crimes. Even seemingly minor incidents such as public urination could result in indecent exposure charges, a charge on par with other sex crimes.
Arizona residents likely associate solicitation charges with prostitution, but an individual may be charged with solicitation if they request, encourage or demand another person to commit any form of criminal act. In order to convict an individual of solicitation, prosecutors must generally prove that they both requested another person to engage in an illegal act and intended to commit the illegal act in question.
Arizona residents may face severe consequences if they are convicted of a sex crime even when the act in question is seemingly minor in nature. Many people would not consider public urination to be a serious criminal charge, but it could lead to a conviction for indecent exposure and result in an individual being labeled a sex offender. If you have been charged with any form of a sex crime, you may wish to consider consulting with our attorneys.
Two men in Arizona were taken into custody for their alleged involvement in a suspected sexual assault and robbery that occurred on Sept. 20. The men were arrested after police performed a traffic stop in Mesa. The 20-year-old man was arrested on one count of armed robbery and on suspicion of being an accomplice to the sexual assault. The 28-year-old male was arrested for an outstanding warrant in Washington and suspected possession of marijuana.
On Sept. 2, Arizona law enforcement officers took five people into custody for their alleged involvement in an escort service after an anonymous tip resulted in an 18-month investigation that began in April 2013. The company reportedly had ties to San Diego in addition to the Phoenix headquarters. Authorities claimed that the individuals were using a limousine company as a cover for the business which was allegedly funded by prostitution. A 40-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman were held for illegal control of an enterprise, money laundering and sex crimes including running a house of prostitution.
Sex crimes, especially those involving children, are commonly viewed with contempt and those who commit them are viewed as subhuman animals deserving the worst punishments possible. This blind hatred of such a horrible act can lead people to vilify the accused before guilt is even established. The stigma of sex crimes is so great that people's negative perceptions can continue even when a suspect is proven innocent. The falsely accused face a long road to reclaiming their good name and public image.
Being charged with a sex crime can be damaging to a person's reputation, career and personal life. For those who are facing a certain type of sex crime charge in Arizona, the penalties have just gotten much more severe.
People travel a lot nowadays, whether for work or pleasure. Sometimes these individuals find themselves the center of a criminal investigation, which could lead to criminal charges in each state. These allegations can threaten an individual's personal and professional life as well as his or her freedom. Thus, when this happens, the accused individual should seek a competent legal defense in order to protect him or herself from unjust punishment.
Authorities in Arizona are cracking down on sex crimes, and in some cases, using aggressive tactics to identify and arrest people suspected of such crimes. Such investigative techniques may produce arrests, but can sometimes blur the lines between constitutional conduct. With the reputations and futures of those accused on the line, it can be vital to fight charges with the same aggressive nature from which they came.