Arizona Sex Offender Registry Laws

arizona sex offender registry lawsThere is no other set of crimes that leaves the person convicted branded for life. Sex crimes are vilified by the public in ways that no other crimes are.

Have you ever thought about why there is a registry for sex offenders and not for murderers?

Someone who takes a life can walk out of prison after they serve their sentence and start fresh.

When a sex offender serves their time, they are often forced to register for their entire lives. These registry requirements dictate where they can live, the places they are allowed to visit, and who they can have around them. It also means that any member of the public has access to their personal information.

This sets up someone with a sex offense conviction to become a target to vigilantes. Despite many attempts at the state and federal level to prove these requirements are unconstitutional, they have been upheld so far. Nobody should live in fear after they serve their time.  Click here for more information on our Casa Grande sex crime defense attorneys.

Arizona Sex Offender Requirements

There are 21 offenses that a person could be convicted of in Arizona that could land them on the sex offender registry. When a person is convicted and is required to register, they have 10 days to register (3 days upon release from prison) with the sheriff of the county in which they reside. If an offender moves, they have 3 days to notify the sheriff’s office. When they register, they are required to:

  • Submit an electronic fingerprint
  • Your name and all aliases
  • All online identifiers (email addresses, social medial screen names, etc.)
  • A current photograph
  • A blood sample (already on file if coming out of prison)

Much of this information is available online for anyone to see through state websites The Internet sex offender website is maintained by the Arizona DPS and includes your name, age, address, photo, and a description of your offense. There are also other sites that use this information, sites that are so called informative websites that are little more than vigilante sites.

Depending on the risk level a person is assigned, the surrounding community may be notified through door-to-door flyers and press releases

Those who are required to register must get a special driver’s license that notifies police of your history if they run it. This license must be renewed each year with a new photograph and current address.

Most people who get charged and convicted of a sex offense end up having to register with the state of Arizona. Even if they serve no prison time, the registry is often a requirement.

Staying Off Of The Registry

There have been so many misconceptions over the years about sex offenders, even from the highest court in the country. Former Justice Anthony Kennedy once said that there was an 80% chance that sex offenders will reoffend. He was citing statistics from a study that was not even talking about sex offenders, but it certainly scared people.

The reality is that those convicted of a sex crime are not more likely to reoffend than those convicted of other crimes, contrary to popular belief.

Recidivism rates for sex offenders are lower than for the general criminal population.

If you have been charged with a crime that would require you to register as a sex offender in the state of Arizona, you must secure a skilled attorney who understands these laws and the penalties. Relying on an overworked public defender for a situation like this is a bad idea considering the potential lifelong consequences. These charges can be terrifying, but by having someone at your back who can guide your through this process, you can rest assured.