Just about any
sex crime on record in Arizona, from
indecent exposure to
prostitution to possession of
child pornography, will include mandatory
sex offender registration upon conviction. For many people who can avoid jail time, perhaps through
probation or a lessening of their charges, this registration represents the worst
part of their conviction. Depending on the sentencing, sex offender registration
can last a lifetime with no chance of removal. But once someone is actually
on such a list, what does that do? What does it mean? And, arguably most
importantly, who can see it?
Details About Sex Offender Registry in Arizona
Sex crime convicts in Arizona will be assigned a certain “risk”
level upon sentencing. The higher the risk level, the more details that
must be added to their sex offender registration form and the longer they
will exist on the list. For most sex offenders convicted of
misdemeanor sex crimes, registration lasts between 5 and 10 years, and will include
their name, address, and violation.
Registration will also include a variety of different requirements and
conditions. Most registrants need to reregister and update their information
once a year, or face criminal penalties. High risk level sex offenders
may need to register as often as once every three months. Registrants
of all sorts are also barred from living within certain distances of schools,
and must notify new communities, educational institutions, and employers
of their registrant status.
Who Can Access the Sex Offender List?
In Arizona, the details of the sex offender list are not shown openly to
the public; only law enforcement officers can view it at their own discretion.
However, this does not mean that the information is permanently hidden
away from others. If there is valid reason to access the sex offender
registration, such as hiring a new employee in a workplace that frequently
has children within it, anyone can petition the court to grant them access to it.
If you are accused of a sex crime, you must be aware that one of the only
ways to not be added to a sex offender registry is to avoid conviction.
Contact Naegle & Crider today to speak with a team of Mesa criminal defense
attorneys that can help you understand and protect your rights.