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When will one's name be placed on the sex offender registry?

No one wants their reputation left in tatters after being accused of a crime. Unfortunately, in Arizona, people convicted of certain sex crimes must register as a sex offender. Residents of Prescott Valley may be surprised to learn the scope of crimes that fall under this mandate, particularly when it comes to crimes involving children.

Under Arizona law, a person must register as a sex offender if they are convicted of nonparental unlawful imprisonment of a person under age 18. Similarly, those convicted of nonparental kidnapping of a person under age 18 must register as sex offenders. A conviction of sexual abuse of a person under age 18 and a conviction of sexual contact with a minor will also cause a person to have to register as a sex offender.

Sexual assault is a well-known crime that would require one to have to register as a sex offender. However, it may surprise some to learn that if the assault took place prior to August 12, 2005, and the victim was the accused's spouse, if convicted, the accused will have to register as a sex offender.

Other crimes that mandate registration as a sex offender upon conviction include: child molestation; continuous sexual abuse of a child; child prostitution; child sex trafficking; sexual exploitation of a minor, commercial or otherwise; and luring a minor for sexual exploitation.

In addition, if a person is convicted of indecent exposure to a person under age 15 two or more times or is convicted of public sexual indecency to a person under age 15 two or more times, they will have to register as a sex offender. Similarly, if a person is convicted of indecent exposure to someone of any age three or more times, or if they are convicted of public sexual indecency three or more times, they will have to register as a sex offender.

Having one's name on the state's sex offender registry can have a very negative impact on one's life. It could affect where a person can live and what types of jobs they can have, particularly when it comes to children. Moreover, it tarnishes their reputation in their community, causing others to think they are dangerous and untrustworthy. Therefore, those charged with sex crimes in Arizona will want to put their full effort into mounting a strong criminal defense, so they can clear their name.

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