In many cases, a successful sex offender defense relies, at least in part, on the outcome of a psychosexual evaluation or related clinical assessment.
A psychosexual evaluation is a tool the courts commonly use when assessing the potential risk posed to the community. A good outcome on this assessment can provide an accused sex offender’s attorney with a powerful negotiating tool.
What Is a Psychosexual Assessment?
A certified clinical professional performs this assessment, interprets the data and delivers the results to the court.
It typically consists of taking a detailed family, personal and sexual history, an extensive mental health evaluation and a polygraph to verify the accuracy of self-reported data. Most psychosexual assessments require several hours to complete.
The Purpose of Clinical Assessments for Sex Offenders
The court uses the psychosexual evaluation in determining the sex offender’s risk to the community and the likelihood of success in treatment. It is also used to determine whether other victims may exist.
A favorable outcome means that the individual poses little future risk and the incident in question was likely an isolated case. It can provide the opportunity for conviction on a lesser offense and for a reduced sentence.
An unfavorable result can have a devastating effect, however. And, for that reason, it is critical that the accused sex offender be properly prepared prior to the evaluation.
How to Get Ready for a Psychosexual Evaluation
It’s critical to be prepared for your evaluation, as it will be long and arduous.
Expect to undergo hours of psychological testing that address general mental and emotional health topics as well as sexually specific subjects.
The outcome of your evaluation can, in many cases, establish the basis for a more desirable result. Consequently, you must understand prior to the evaluation what you may face, and more importantly, how to prepare for it.
As a sex crimes attorney with extensive experience, I have the ability to prepare you for this clinical assessment procedure, and to help alleviate your fears and concerns. The purpose of this is not to try to cheat the test or provide misleading answers. Instead, we help you overcome fear and anxiety that can skew the outcomes against you.
If you have been charged with a sex crime, it’s critical that you retain an experienced sex crimes attorney as quickly as possible. In Utah, convicted sex offenders may be further stigmatized by being labeled as sexual predators.
Accused sex offenders have only one opportunity for evaluation, and your future may well depend upon how well prepared you are.
Contact the Law Office of David Paul White today to learn more. As experienced sex crimes attorneys, we serve clients throughout Salt Lake City, St. George and the surrounding communities. Talk with us today about whether a psychosexual assessment can benefit your sex offender defense.