Having represented dozens of individuals charged with sex offenses, including numerous teachers and coaches alleged to have had sexual relationships with students, there is always the lingering question of whether do women convicted of sex crimes get lighter sentences.
FEMALE ARIZONA TEACHER GETS 20 YEARS FOR MOLESTING STUDENT
Former Goodyear teacher, Brittany Zamora, was sentenced in Maricopa County Superior Court to a 20 year prison after pleading guilty to having a sexual relationship with a one of her 13 year old students. Once released from prison, Zamora will be on probation for life and will have to register as a sex offender.
MALE ARIZONA TEACHER GETS 10 YEARS FOR SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH A MINOR
In contrast, Scottsdale coach Chris McKenna received only a 10 year sentence for having a sexual relationship with a student. Despite being arrested for having contact with his victim while already on bail, McKenna nonetheless received a sentence that was far less than Zamora.
IT’S NOT ABOUT GENDER, IT’S ABOUT HAVING THE RIGHT CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY
While historically, there was a perception that women charged with sex crimes in Arizona received lighter sentences, the reality is that this type of disparity no longer exists. What’s more important than what sits below your belt is the quality of your representation. Having the right criminal defense attorney is what makes the difference.
Having handled hundreds of sex crimes cases, including defending both male and female teachers and coaches like Chris McKenna, I can say with confidence that experience makes all the difference. Being a former sex crimes prosecutor, I understand the nuances of sex crimes investigations and where to find and exploit the problems in a prosecutor’s case. My recent results speak for themselves.
If you or someone close to you has been charged or is being investigated for a sex crime, why wouldn’t you hire a criminal defense attorney who is among the most knowledgeable and experienced in Phoenix. Confidential consultations can be scheduled by calling (602) 663-9100. With so much on the line, don’t gamble on your future.