Larry Nassar the disgraced former doctor of the United States gymnastics team was recently sentenced to between 40 and 175 years in prison after he admitted to sexually assault gymnasts. Nasser and entered into a plea agreement admitting to his guilt. How does that type of sentence compared to what one might expect in Arizona for the same type of conduct?
Arizona Aggravated Assault Penalties
Sexual assault in Arizona is what is known as a class two felony. A class to felony is the highest level felony that one can be charged with outside of first-degree murder. An individual could be sentenced anywhere between 5.25 years in prison and 14 years in prison for someone convicted of sexual assault as a first time offender with the presumptive prison sentence being seven years in the department of corrections. If the individual has one prior allegeable felony conviction, the sentencing range jumps up to between seven and 21 years in the department of corrections with a presumptive of 10.5 years. If the individual has two illegible prior felony convictions in their past, the sentencing range increases even more to between 14 and 28 years in the department of corrections with a presumptive of 15.75 years.
Dangerous Crimes Against Children (DCAC)
If the victim of the sexual assault is under 15 years of age, it is considered a Dangerous Crime Against Children. Dangerous Crimes Against Children have a different sentencing structure than “regular” felonies. The sentencing range under this category is between 13 and 27 years in prison with a presumptive of 20 years. It’s also important to note that any offense classified as a Dangerous Crime Against Children carries a mandatory flat time prison sentences. That means an offender must serve every day of the sentence given without the possibility of early release for good behavior.
Each case carries its own set of circumstances and its own possible defenses. Therefore it is extremely important to have an experienced sexual assault attorney review all aspects of your case. If you or anyone you know is in need of an attorney please call for no obligation free consultation at 480-331-7568 to discuss your case.Back to Blogs