If you or someone in your family has been accused of a sexual crime, you will want to learn about the potential outcomes of a conviction for these types of offenses.

Depending on the nature of the situation, a person convicted of a sex crime may need to register as a sex offender or sexual predator. Any lack of compliance with this requirement may lead to additional criminal charges.

Sex offender registry risk levels

As explained by the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the state’s sex offender registry program does not treat every registrant the same. Instead, it recognizes three distinct levels, ranked from 1 to 3. The levels align to the offense for which the person was convicted and the expected likelihood of committing a future offense.

Community notification and the sex offender registry

When a defendant transitions from prison or jail to a probation program, the sex offender registry may provide notification to the community.

Sex offenders and driver’s licenses

Participants in the sex offender registry program must get a special notation on their driver’s licenses indicating their participation in the program. Failure to comply with this requirement may lead to a new felony charge.

Maintaining current information on the registry

A participant in the program must provide updated residential information. Any failure to do so may contribute to a new felony charge.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give people in Arizona an overview of the state’s sex offender registry and what requirements may be placed on a person ordered to participate in this program.