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FAQS About Sex Offender Registration in Phoenix

Are you facing criminal charges for a sex offense in the Greater Phoenix Area? If so, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with sex offender registration in Arizona, and how it can impact your life.

In order to shed light on what it’s like to be a registered sex offender, we’re going to discuss what is expected of a registered sex offender and what can happen if he or she fails to comply with the state’s requirements.

Which agency registers sex offenders?
In Arizona, county sheriffs are responsible for registering all sex offenders that are living within their county.

Can I be forced to register for a non-sexual offense?
Unfortunately, yes, it is possible. If a judge feels that an offense is “sexually motivated,” the judge can order the offender to register as a sex offender.

What happens to predators?
In Arizona, when an offender is classified as a “predator,” he or she will be held in the State Hospital. After the offender completes their sentence and they are scheduled for release, the state will be interested in reviewing the person for “violent sexual predator criteria.”

If it is decided that the offender is a violent sexual predator, they offender may be committed to the Arizona State Hospital. When the predator is committed to the State Hospital, he or she is eligible for an annual review to see if they are ready to be released into society and if so, their label of “predator” would be removed.

Do out-of-state residents have to register when they visit Arizona?
Yes, they do. When sex offenders plan to visit Arizona for 10 or more days and they fail to register, they are guilty of a Class 4 felony offense!

Is sex offender registration mandatory for juveniles?
Sex offender registration is not mandatory for juveniles, even if the juvenile would’ve been required to register if they committed the offense as an adult. However, the judge has the discretion to require the juvenile to register until he or she turns 25.

Are all sex offenders prohibited from living near schools?
Some sex offenders are specifically barred from living near schools or daycares. In order to learn more about these restrictions, go to A.R.S. 13-3827.

Are you facing criminal charges for a sex crime? If so, the best way to avoid sex offender registration is to beat your charges in the first place. Contact our firm to meet with a Phoenix criminal defense attorney, who is a former prosecutor!