Sex offenders are defined under the law as individuals who have been convicted of one or more sex-related criminal offenses. Examples of crimes that can land a convicted person on a sex offender registry include sexual conduct involving a minor and sexual assault.
The complete list and exact definition of sex crimes can differ from one jurisdiction to another, but these crimes are routinely broken down into the following categories: Crimes against children, crimes against adults, crimes against family, crimes against nature and crimes that involve sex for sale.
It has become more necessary in recent years to include certain activities that take place on the internet or through the use of computers among the list of sex offenses. Arizona has laws in place that make it illegal to receive or transmit images of minor children nude or engaged in sexual acts on the internet. The state also has protections in place for online solicitation and “sexting” with individuals under the age of 18.
Sex offenders in Arizona can be required to register for 10 years for most sex crimes. Failure to register or comply with the restrictions and regulations that apply to sex offenders can result in a class 4 state felony. A second conviction for a sex crime makes lifelong registration as a sex offender mandatory.
Allegations of sex crimes are serious accusations that can have a huge impact on the life of the accused person. The stigma and penalties that can result from a conviction typically make the outcome too important for the accused person to handle on their own. Individuals who are facing charges that involve sexual misconduct may benefit from speaking with a criminal defense attorney who is experienced in these matters.