What is a Psycosexual Evaluation
A Psycosexual Evaluation is a evaluation that is performed by a certified professional and generally undergone by a defendant that has a pending accusation of sexual misconduct. The evaluation process can take from 6 - 10 hours and is generally broken up into 3-5 appointments with the evaluator. These evaluations may take anywhere from 2-6 weeks to be completed and generally cost anywhere from $3,000 - $5,000.
The evaluation process generally categorizes the defendant in one of three categories: high, medium or low risk for re-offense. Additionally, the evaluation can also help exonerate an accused person from a false accusation of sexual misconduct.
Most evaluators are members of WAATSA.
Can I perform a Psycosexual Evaluation before charges are filed?
Yes, generally you and your attorney may be able to use the evaluation process to make an argumant to prosecutors that charges should not be filed and that an accusation of sexual misconduct is without merit.
Can Juvenile's perform a Psycosexual Evaluation?
Yes, However, juvenile psycosexual evaluations are only performed by a small handful of certified practitioners and different ethical rules apply when a juvenile is the patient undergoing the evaluation. For instance, WAATSA does not recommend that juveniles should undergo polygraphs or other "lie detector" tests. Therefore, you should ensure that you find a practitioner that is familiar with juvenile psycosexual evaluations.