Posted on November 20, 2022 in Sex Crimes
If you are convicted of a sex offense, you do not have to directly notify your neighbors and employers. However, you must register annually with Arizona’s sex offender public registry. Depending on the seriousness of the offense, the state may notify the community, local schools, and your employer.
You have to register with the Arizona sex offender registry if you:
Even attempted sex crimes can trigger the obligation to register as a sex offender.
Your name and details will also appear on the National Sex Offender Public Website if you are required to register as a sex offender in any part of the United States, including US territories such as Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
If your state requires you to register as a sex offender and you move to Arizona, you must register in Arizona. You must also register in Arizona if your offense requires registration in Arizona, regardless of whether your home state requires registration for that particular offense.
Arizona maintains a long list of sex-related offenses that require registration as a sex offender, including (but not limited to):
All told, 17 offenses appear on this list. The judge can require you to register as a sex offender if you committed an unlisted sex-related offense, as long as your motivation was sexual gratification.
Arizona divides sex offenders into three classes–Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. Level 3 includes the most dangerous offenders, while Level 1 includes the least dangerous offenders. The Arizona sex offender assessment screening determines which level applies to you by considering 19 factors, including (but not limited to):
Ultimately, the decision is subjective.
Nobody will require you to notify your community of your sex offender status. Instead, Arizona will do it. Your notification requirements kick in as soon as you get out of prison or when you move into a new community. The extent of the notification requirements depends on your offense level:
Even if you remain at the same location, you will have to re-register as a sex offender every year.
Sex offenders must re-register every year for the rest of their lives, with the following exceptions:
In most cases, termination of sex offender registration is discretionary-–in other words, the judge can refuse to terminate your registration requirements.
If Arizona or the federal government has charged you with a sex offense, you are in big trouble. Nevertheless, you are innocent until proven guilty. Preventing the prosecution from proving their clients guilty is exactly what a criminal defense lawyer does for a living. Call a lawyer today–your future is at stake.
For more information, contact the criminal defense attorney Craig Orent. Give us a call at (480) 656-7301 or visit our law office at 11811 N Tatum Blvd UNIT 3031, Phoenix, AZ 85028. We offer a free case evaluation, so get the help you deserve today.