Those convicted of a sex offense often face serious penalties, including jail time, hefty fines, and getting registered as a sex offender. Since being a registered sex offender can impact an individual’s reputation, it is important to understand when individuals are required to file. Our Phoenix sex crime defense slawyers explain when individuals are required to register as sex offenders and what happens if they don’t.
Who Is Required to Register as a Sex Offender in Arizona?
Before a sex offender is released from prison, the county sheriffs and department of public safety will notify them if they need to register as a sex offender. They will complete the process before the individual is released from prison. Being registered as a sex offender can impact a person’s employment opportunities, education, and living situation.
Sex offender registrations are often required for individuals convicted of the following:
- Child molestation
- Child prostitution
- Child pornography crimes
- Luring a minor
- Sexual abuse
- Sexual assault/rape
- Sexual exploitation
- Sex with a minor
Restrictions for Registered Sex Offenders
Being registered as a sex offender comes with many different restrictions that limit where you live, where you work, and give the general public access to your private information.
Here are some of the restrictions and requirements for registered sex offenders:
- Updating addresses: Individuals who are convicted of a sex crime in Arizona are required to update their home and business address. Failing to keep this information up to date can result in serious consequences.
- Residence restrictions: Registered sex offenders might not be allowed in close proximity to schools, parks, or other locations where there is a high population of children.
- Travel restrictions: If a registered sex offender needs to travel, they must register themselves in the state they are visiting if their stay exceeds 10 days or longer. Failing to register can result in additional charges.
- Driver's license requirements: Offenders must obtain a special driver's license from the Arizona MVD that contains a special note to indicate that you are a sex offender.
Once you are on the registry, there is a host of restrictions that can affect your everyday life and put restrictions on your livehood, mobility, and more.
Fight Your Charges & Avoid Being a Registered Sex Offender
If you’ve been charged or accused of any type of sex crime, it’s critical that you contact a Phoenix sex crime attorney immediately. Our team at Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C. has an extensive amount of experience defending people accused of serious sex crimes. Our team assigns two experienced criminal defense attorneys to each sex crime case to help you get your charges reduced or even dismissed. By protecting your rights, we can help you avoid becoming a registered sex offender.
Contact our defense lawyers today at (602) 842-6762 to schedule a case review!