Failure to register as a sex offender could lead to trouble in FL

Sex offenders in Florida must register on the sex offender registry and are held to strict regulations regarding the information they provide.

Florida residents who have been convicted of a sex crime by federal or state courts are legally required to register as a sex offender in the state for the rest of their lives. Some offenders, however, fail to do so and are at risk of receiving further legal charges because of it. People who have been convicted of a sex crime may be too embarrassed by the stigma surrounding their crime, and may avoid registering for the sex offenders list. Other people are misinformed about Florida sex offender regulations, miss a crucial deadline to register or are unclear on how to go about registering.

Registering as a sex offender

According to Florida statutes, people who have been convicted of a sex crime have 48 hours to register as a sexual offender. Not only are people required to register in the county where they live, but they must also register in the county where they were originally convicted, attend school and work. If offenders have a temporary residence where they stay for five or more days a year, they must register in that county as well.

Getting the right information

When registering as a sex offender, people will be asked to provide information regarding the exact nature of their conviction, according to The Florida Department of Law Enforcement. In addition to basic information, such as date of birth, race, social security number and place of employment, offenders will be asked to provide immigration, passport, vehicle and professional license documentation. Facts about the offender's physical appearance, including his or her hair color, eye color, height, weight, palm prints, finger prints and whether there are any tattoos present, will also be recorded.

Further legal action

In Florida, offenders can be charged with a third degree felony for failing to abide by Florida laws regarding sex offender registration. The FDLE can issue a felony to:

  • People who fail to register as a sex offender in the counties required by law.
  • People who do not update their information on the sex offender registry when they have a change in address, vehicle, job, phone number or marital status.
  • People who fail to obtain or renew their driver's license with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
  • People who do not provide accurate and complete information, including a photograph, as required.
  • People who do not reregister as a sex offender as mandated by law, which is two to four times a year depending on the specific crime committed.

A sex offender is expected to abide by a strict set of regulations and deadlines. Some people may find it difficult to understand what they are supposed to do and when. A criminal defense attorney in Florida may be helpful to people who are facing federal or state sex crime charges. With a thorough knowledge of state and federal laws, an attorney may be helpful in reviewing the details of your case and providing legal counsel.

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