After being linked through DNA evidence to several sexual assaults, a man has been sentenced to 30 years in an Arizona prison.
Man Convicted of Several Sexual Assaults Through DNA Evidence
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office recently announced that 38-year-old Jose Palacios-Ronquill has been sentenced on charges of three counts of sexual assault. DNA evidence linked Palacios-Ronquill to the sexual assault of five women on separate occasions in their homes or vehicles between August 2004 and March 2009. During those attacks, he was armed with either a knife or claimed to have a gun and threatened the victims if they didn’t comply. He has also received lifetime supervised probation with sex offender conditions for three counts of attempted sexual assault.
Palacios-Ronquill was sentenced to prison in Colorado in 2012. At that point, his DNA was uploaded to the national database. Soon after a match was discovered in the Arizona cases.
Arizona Law for Sexual Offenses
Sexual offenses in Arizona (like similar offenses throughout the country) are severely penalized with long prison sentences. Once released from prison, you can expect to be supervised for a period of time. You may even need to register as a sexual offender for a number of years. This can severely impact your life and livelihood as well as your ability to get a job or continue a career.
Some common sex-related offenses in Arizona include:
- Indecent exposure. This offense requires proof that you exposed your genitals, anus, and/or breasts to another person and that other person could have been alarmed or offended. If the victim of this offense was 15 years of age or over, you are facing a prison sentence. If the victim is younger, this offense is a felony and carries a presumptive prison sentence of one year.
- Public sexual indecency. Public sexual indecency alleges that you committed an act of sexual contact, sexual intercourse or oral sex, or an act of bestiality in the presence of a victim. The “victim” need not be the person upon whom these acts are committed; instead, the victim need only be in your presence when these actions are committed and be alarmed or offended by the act.
- Sexual abuse. Sexual contact with a person over the age of 15 without that person’s consent, or sexual contact with the breast of a victim under the age of 15, is sexual abuse. The presumptive prison sentence for this offense can range from 18 months to 42 months depending on the age of the victim.
- Sexual assault. Sexual assault is sometimes referred to as rape and involves having sexual intercourse or oral sex with another person without that person’s consent. A first offense can be punished by a presumptive sentence of 7 years; additional convictions can raise this presumption to nearly 16 years in prison.
- Sexual Conduct with a Minor and Child Molestation. When adult engages in sexual conduct with a minor – the adult can be charged with a crime – even if the minor consented. Depending on the nature of the sexual conduct, the penalties can be severe and include prison and/or lifetime probation and registration as a sex-offender.
If you have been accused of sexual misconduct, you’ll want to contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. You need an aggressive and experienced defense counsel that can evaluate the government’s evidence and develop a winning strategy to defend your good name.
Why Work with a Criminal Defense Lawyer?
A criminal defense lawyers jobs are numerous and involve much of the following:
- Work with their client and a prosecutor to negotiate a “deal,” also known as a”plea bargain.” This can often reduce a potential sentence or eliminate some or all of the charges brought against someone.
- Figure out a good sentencing program for his or her clients.
- Help walk clients through the legal system.
- Provide a reality check for clients because they are able to remain objective during all criminal proceedings.
- Educate a client about the legal rules and regulations that he or she faces, including laws and what is considered lawful versus illegal.
- Able to gather evidence and statements from witnesses as well as conduct thorough investigations regarding the reasons behind the charges that have been brought against a client.
Criminal law covers a wide variety of topics, including DUI defense, petty theft, drug crimes, grand theft, and sex crimes just to name a few. If you have been accused of any form of crime, it is always advised that you work with a criminal law attorney like the ones at Ferragut Law Firm.
Because the average person does not have an understanding of the criminal justice process, which comprises a number of complex state and federal laws, it’s always advised that you work with a criminal defense lawyer.
Criminal defense lawyers assist clients as their case moves through the criminal justice process, from pre-trial and through the conclusion of the trial proceedings. In some cases, when a client suspects that they might be charged with a crime a client will make the decision to retain a lawyer before they have even been charged. If you have been involved in a criminal incident and have suspicions that you might need a lawyer, it’s best to hire one as quickly as possible as they will be able to provide you with guidance on how to proceed. The earlier an attorney is involved in a case, the more protection they can offer, and even in times ensure that a suspect does not divulge any potentially incriminating information.
A criminal defense lawyer will also be able to advise a client on if a case can even be brought against their client. In cases where there is insufficient evidence, a lawyer’s main objective will be to have the court drop the charges against a client. There are many avenues of defense that a lawyer can apply, including challenging probable cause, persuading a court to reduce or waive bail, and negotiating a plea bargain to reduce charges to a lesser crime or reduce sentencing.
The role of a criminal defense lawyer will be entirely based on the case that is presented and the type of defense that a client needs. Obtaining the help of a criminal defense lawyer early on in your case can mean the difference between guilty and not guilty.
Ferragut Law Firm Will Defend You
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We are committed to providing the most aggressive, professional, and effective representation for our clients accused of crimes to ensure that their legal rights are protected and that the best possible results are achieved. Contact us to discuss the details of your case.
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