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State v. Mr. M (DMC No. 12196)

Felony Failure to Register as a Sex Offender Dismissed – State v. Mr. M (DMC No. 12196) (Pinal County Superior Court CR2014-00369):  Mr. M had committed a sex offense in another state before moving to Arizona.  He had been registering in Arizona as required by Arizona Revised Statute ARS 13-3821.  He was going to move to Europe, and he came into the Pinal County Sherriff’s Office and informed them he was moving to Europe, but did not yet have an address. They then told him to send the address once he arrived there.  He ended up moving to Greece, and then when he came back into town, he was arrested as he was attempting to get back on the airplane to fly back to Greece.  He was held on a $50,000 bond and charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender per Arizona Revised Statute ARS 13-3821.

We were able to research his prior conviction and show that the “Adjudication had been Withheld”, which called into question whether he needed to register at all.  In addition, we showed the prosecutor attempted compliance when he went in and spoke with the Sherriff’s Office.  They were the ones who in fact told him he could leave the country. Ultimately, the prosecutor agreed and dismissed all charges.  Originally Mr. M was facing mandatory prison time.

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