When it comes to sex offenses, the consequences of a conviction can last long after the person's prison sentence is fulfilled. For example, in Arizona, a person who was convicted of a sex crime may need to register as a sex offender. This could affect where that person can live, and what types of jobs they can obtain.
What kind of crimes require a person to register as a sex offender? Many of these crimes involve minors. If the reported victim is under age 18 and is unlawfully imprisoned or kidnapped by a person other than their parent, the accused may have to register as a sex offender. In addition, if a person reportedly sexually abuses someone under age 18 or commits child molestation, that person may need to register as a sex offender. Also, if a person prostitutes a child, this is also an offense that will require that person to register as a sex offender. Child sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of a minor are also crimes that require a person to register as a sex offender.
Other crimes that require a person to register as a sex offender include sexual assault and indecent exposure. This list is not all exhaustive, though. There are other crimes that require a person to register as a sex offender.
Having to register as a sex offender can affect a person's freedom, even after they have served their time in jail. To avoid the harsh consequences of a criminal conviction, those accused of sex crimes would be well-served to contact an attorney of their choosing, who can provide legal advice and representation throughout the criminal trial process.