The process of removing criminal arrests or charges from a person’s record is known as expungement. Expungement is also available to those with a criminal record, but who were not actually convicted of their charges. Unless the juvenile’s record is expunged, the criminal charge will remain on the minor’s record forever, which could make it difficult to obtain a job, apply for scholarships and even gain admission to certain universities.
When a juvenile is convicted of a sex crime, the court may require that person to register as a sex offender. Youth can be removed from the registry at age 25, if the youth has maintained a clean record by not committing any new sex or felony offenses, successfully completing any supervised release, and completing a sex offender treatment program.
Terminate Community Notification
The community notification process in Arizona is triggered by a sex offender’s release from jail/prison or sentence to probation. When this occurs, the respective probation agency or Arizona Department of Corrections (DOC) is required to enter information about the offender into a statewide accessible database. One portion of this information involves the sex offender risk assessment, a screening tool designed to provide criminal justice practitioners with the ability to predict a sex offender’s risk of recidivism. The Arizona risk assessment evaluates nineteen different criteria that have been identified by treatment experts as good predictors of future behavior. Each criterion is evaluated and assigned a point value, which ultimately is totaled for recommending an appropriate community notification level of 1, 2, or 3. According to A.R.S. 13-921, if the defendant successfully completes the terms and conditions of probation, the court may set aside the judgment of guilt, dismiss the information or indictment, expunge the defendant’s record and order the person to be released from all penalties and disabilities resulting from the conviction. Therefore terminating the community notification requirement.
To have your lifetime probation reviewed in order to have your probation terminated, sex-offender registration terminated, community notification terminated, and/or to work towards expungement contact Arizona Expungement Attorney Jeremy Geigle today.
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