Crimes that Require Sex Offender Registration in Arizona
Sex crimes are seriously taken in Arizona. Once a person commits such a crime, they will be registered and their names, blood samples, fingerprints, and photographs will be kept in the file for life.
It’s essential to have a skilled attorney if you find yourself facing charges or being arrested for a sex crime. Before you admit any fault or say anything, keep in mind that every word may and will be used against you. Consult a criminal defense attorney who has experience in sex crimes.
Who Is Required to Register
Certain sex crimes are connected to mandatory sex offender registration. The law has an extensive list of offenses of this type, including the following:
- Sexual assault
- Sexual abuse of someone younger than eighteen years of age
- Kidnapping if the victim is younger than eighteen and not a child of the offender
- Sexual conduct with a minor and continuous sexual abuse of a child
- Taking a child with the intent of sex trafficking of a minor and child prostitution
- Sexual exploitation of a minor or luring a minor for sexual exploitation
Even the most minor offenses could lead to a person being registered as a sex offender. Someone convicted of a second incident of indecent exposure to someone younger than fifteen or a third or subsequent offense of indecent exposure (including public urination) will be registered.
How Does The Registration Goes and How Long It Lasts
Under Arizona law, a person who is convicted of a sex crime has ten days to register as a sex offender with the sheriff’s office in the county where the offender lives. People who register should provide their names, photographs, fingerprints, blood samples, and mailing address. The information must always be updated or else the offender risks a felony offense.
Arizona law is very serious against sex crimes, which is why most registrations will last for as long as the offender lives. Juveniles who have been adjudicated delinquent for certain offenses may also have to register. Their registration may expire when they turn twenty-five years of age, or upon completion of a probationary period.
Being arrested and facing charges (or charged) for sex crimes in Arizona, make sure to get a sex crime defense attorney with long experience in the area. No matter what charges you are facing, all Arizona sex crime offenses are serious and you’ll end up with extreme penalties. Our team is here to offer you the help you need. A properly prepared defense may help you face milder punishment. Don’t risk your freedom; allow a skilled attorney to review your case and advise you on the next steps you need to take.
We are a 24-hour criminal defense firm, dedicated to creating the best defense for you. Our Arizona criminal defense team helps clients all across the state. If you need help with your criminal charges (anything from misdemeanors to serious felonies), make sure to contact our office immediately and schedule your consultation.