If you are convicted of certain types of sex offenses in Arizona, you will be required to register as a sex offender. The restrictions that will be placed on you will depend on your level of risk. To determine which level a sex offender should be assigned to, a designated agency administers a sex offender assessment. This assessment is used to evaluate risk across 19 different areas, and your score on the assessment will be used to assign you a sex offender level.
If you are facing charges that might require you to register as a sex offender if you are convicted, you should talk to an experienced sex crimes defense attorney at DM Cantor.
What are the Risk Levels for Sex Offenders in Arizona?
In Arizona, sex offenders who are required to register with the state are assigned to one of three primary levels of risk. The risk levels are number from one to three:
- Level One is assigned to people who have the lowest risk of reoffending.
- Level Two sex offenders are deemed to pose a moderate risk of reoffending.
- Level Three sex offenders are deemed to have the highest risk of reoffending and of being potential threats to public safety in their communities.
The risks are based on the information that is available about the sex offender and can impact the length of time that an offender will be required to register in Arizona. Other factors that can impact the assigned level can include the time between the registration and the risk level assignment and any pending confirmation or action of the registration of the person.
The different levels also have different restrictions and requirements. Level one sex offenders must register with the sheriff in the county in which they live. The sheriff’s office keeps the sex offender’s records and may provide notice to the people who live with the sex offender.
Level two sex offenders are deemed to be at risk of reoffending but do not have as high of a risk as level three sex offenders. If you are assigned a level two risk, you must register with the sheriff’s department in your county. The sheriff’s office will then notify the homes, schools, and community groups in your neighborhood as well as your employer.
Level three sex offenders are deemed to have the highest risk of reoffending. If you are assigned a level three risk, your registration requirements will be onerous. You will have to register with your local sheriff’s department. People who live in the neighborhoods that surround you will be notified that you live in the area. Flyers will be created with your picture, name, address, and criminal history. These flyers will be handed out door to door to homes, schools, and community groups in your neighborhood. The sheriff’s department will also send press releases to the local newspapers and television stations. Finally, your employer will be notified that you are a registered sex offender.
Additionally, the location of where you live will be publicly posted.
Sex Offender Risk Levels and Classification
The level of risk that you will be assigned is based on the state’s assessment of how likely you are to commit another sex offense in the future. The state views this risk as a potential danger to your community and society. Your risk level will depend on the facts and circumstances of your case and the likelihood that you might cause harm to someone else when you are no longer in jail or prison.