The sex offender registry in Arizona is an online, public database of people ordered to register by a court. Certain offenses mandate registration, while others allow the court to decide whether the convicted person must register as a sex offender.
Sex offender registration in Phoenix can impact your life in many ways, from limiting your housing options to affecting your employment opportunities. Consult a skilled attorney at Grand Canyon Law Group on registration and discuss your options for defending your future.
The sex offender database tracks an offender’s name, birthdate, address, and other identifying information. There are three levels of registration—community members are notified for levels two and three.
If a sex offender moves into a neighborhood, flyers are mailed to every house, notifying the neighbors who the person is, where they live, what they look like, and what their offense was. Level one registration does not require the same flyer notifications, but anyone can look up the registered offenders in their neighborhood.
The Department of Public Safety determines a sex offender’s registration level through various factors. The department will consider the person’s history, age, circumstances, and other personal factors to determine their risk of reoffending. They will also review information like probation interviews and testimony from treatment providers.
As the attorneys at our firm can explain, multiple sex offenses require registration upon conviction. These include:
Some convictions allow courts discretion on whether the person must register as a sex offender. These include indecent exposure, public sexual indecency, or other sexually motivated crimes. Our experienced Phoenix attorneys can argue against sex offender registration in these cases to protect a person’s future. When a person faces charges requiring mandatory registration, avoiding a conviction is crucial to protecting their way of life.
If a person was convicted as an adult in Arizona, they are likely unable to get removed from the sex offender registry. However, a person convicted as a minor may be able to have their name removed after serving probation. This is not possible if the defendant was sentenced to prison time as part of the sex crime conviction. Our knowledgeable Phoenix attorneys can explain a person’s options for mitigating the impact of juvenile sex offender registration during a confidential consultation.
Being on the sex offender registry will impact where you can live, as most housing and apartment applications require background checks. If you have a felony conviction or are on the registry, it may be difficult to find rental housing. Even after finding a place to live, your neighbors will know about their sex offender status, affecting their reputation in the community.
The sooner you contact legal counsel in your criminal case, the sooner they can begin fighting to protect your rights and prevent severe consequences. Grand Canyon Law Group can explain the impact of sex offender registration in Phoenix and work to prevent a conviction that requires it. Call our firm today to get the representation you need.