Juvenile (child or teen) sex crimes include sexual conduct with a minor, child molestation, sexual exploitation of a minor, and sexual assault.   


According to A.R.S. § 13-501(A)(3), The County Attorney must prosecute a juvenile as an adult when the juvenile is fifteen, sixteen, or seventeen and is accused of forcible sexual assault under A.R.S. § 13-1406.  In all other juvenile sex crimes cases, the juvenile is usually prosecuted in the juvenile justice system.  A juvenile accused of a first time felony offense that is a sex crime may be placed on probation as long as he or she is not sentenced to a term of imprisonment pursuant to A.R.S. § 13-921.  The court may set aside the juvenile’s judgment of guilt and expunge the juvenile’s record if he or she successfully completes the terms and conditions of probation according to A.R.S. § 13-921(B)(1).  The juvenile must comply with A.R.S. §§ 13-3821 and 3822, sex offender registration and notice, under A.R.S. § 13-921(B)(4).  The juvenile is deemed to be on adult probation (A.R.S. § 13-921(C)) and the court may order him or her to participate in services that are available to the juvenile court (A.R.S. § 13-921(D)).

“False accusations of juvenile sex crimes happen more than you think.  I have a strategy to fight them!”  Lisa Witt

A probationer who is under twenty-two and who was convicted of an offense that occurred when he or she was under eighteen and that requires him or her to register as a sex offender may request a probation hearing at least once a year pursuant to A.R.S. § 13-923.  After hearing from the prosecutor, probationer’s attorney, victim, and the probation officer, the court shall consider whether to continue, modify or terminate probation; whether to continue to require, to suspend or to terminate the probationer’s registration pursuant to section 13-3821; and whether to continue, defer or terminate community notification pursuant to section 13-3825 (A.R.S. § 13-923(E)).



A child facing charges for sex crimes faces years of consequences due to being placed on sex offender probation and having to register as a sex offender.  Lisa is a compassionate, detail-oriented defense attorney who will fight for your child.  She will thoroughly evaluate your child’s case to see if any of the following defense strategies apply:


  • Act described is not a sex crime:  The act described may not fit the statutory definition of a sex crime.


  • Eyewitnesses:  There may be eyewitnesses who can testify about the event.


  • Mistaken identity:  Someone else committed the sex crime and your child was mistakenly identified as the suspect.


  • Alibi:  Your child may have been at school or working with other people or elsewhere when the sex crime took place.

“It’s not a criminal conviction if the charges are dismissed.”  Lisa Witt

  • Implausibility of State’s case:  The State’s case may be implausible based on the timeframe or other facts alleged.


  • Missing or tainted evidence:  Sometimes the State’s evidence cannot be produced or is corrupted. 


  • Insufficiency of State’s evidence:  The State may have insufficient evidence to prove a sex crime beyond a reasonable doubt.


  • Preclusion of State’s evidence:  The State may have violated your child’ s constitutional rights or otherwise acted illegally in acquiring evidence or confession so that the evidence must be precluded.


  • Reduction in number of counts: Each count alleged against your child should concern a separate criminal act and not be part of the same sex crime. 


  • Police misconduct:  There may be police misconduct in collecting the evidence, investigating the sex crime, interviewing the victim and witnesses, or obtaining your child’s confession.


  • Prosecutorial misconduct:  There may be prosecutorial misconduct in disclosing the evidence, interviewing victims and witnesses, and in the general disposition of your child’s case.


  • Possible other defenses to a sex crime:  Depending on the unique facts of your child’s case, there may be other possible defenses.  Lisa thinks outside the box by diligently searching for defenses so she may come up with a novel defense that no other attorney has thought of before.


If your child has been charged with a sex crime, you need a passionate, detail-oriented defense attorney.  Please call LisaLaw, LLC or fill out the online form for a free case review.

Lisa Witt is a Mesa/Phoenix, Arizona juvenile sex crimes defense attorney serving clients facing charges in the East Valley, West Valley, Maricopa County, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, Queen Creek, Gilbert, Casa Grande, Surprise, Goodyear, Buckeye, Youngtown, Ahwatukee, Avondale, Tolleson.