Posted on August 13, 2023 in Sex Crimes
Being convicted of a sex crime in Arizona can have wide-ranging consequences. One possibility is becoming a registered sex offender – something that will follow you for life. As a registered sex offender, you may be barred from entering certain countries. Whether or not you can travel to an international destination depends on the rules in that country.
Unfortunately, it is not always possible to predict whether a foreign country will allow you to enter with a sex crime conviction on your record. This is because the decision to permit or deny someone entry is left up to authorities in that country. In many cases, individuals do not know whether they can enter a country until they get to the customs checkpoint at the airport in that country. The decision can depend on many factors, including the circumstances and severity of the crime.
One thing you can check is whether the foreign country permits convicted felons to enter its borders. While not all sex crimes in Arizona are charged as felonies, if you were convicted of a felony sex crime, this could bar you from entering many countries around the globe based on the felony alone. Countries that do not allow convicted felons to enter include China, Kenya, India, Japan, New Zealand, Israel, South Africa, Iran, the United Kingdom, Cuba and Taiwan.
If a criminal case against you in the United States required you to register as a sex offender, anticipate problems entering a foreign country. While this is not a guarantee, it is in your best interests to prepare as much as you can for this possibility ahead of time. Take the following steps before traveling:
No law in the United States prohibits registered sex offenders from traveling abroad, as long as they are not on probation or under restrictions that require them to stay in the country. However, whether or not a country will allow you to enter with a sex crime on your record depends on the rules in that country. For more information about traveling as a registered sex offender in Arizona, consult with a criminal defense lawyer at AZ Defenders. We can help you understand how a sex crime conviction might impact your future, including international travel.