Being accused of a sexual offense is a serious and life-changing experience. Florida, in particular, is one of the toughest states when it comes to sex offender registration. Because sex crimes are viewed as heinous, a charge can quickly lead to embarrassing and life-long repercussions for the individual being charged. One of these is registering your name, address, mugshot, and other uniquely identifying information on Florida’s sex offender registry, which is available for public access.
This first section will focus on who is required to register and the difference between a sexual predator and a sexual offender. Section two will focus on whether someone can be removed from the registry and the consequences of not registering. If you’re charged with one of these offenses, experienced sex crime defense attorneys in Tampa are critical to your ability to fight these allegations.
Who is Required to Register as a Sexual Offender?
A person convicted of a sexual offense is required to register as a sexual offender. Florida’s list of qualifying offenses is extensive and can be found on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) website. Some offenses include:
- Kidnapping a minor
- False imprisonment
- Luring or enticing a child
- Sexual battery
- Human trafficking
- Prostitution of a minor
- Unlawful sexual activity with minors
- Video voyeurism of a child
- Transmission of child pornography
The Difference Between a Sexual Predator and a Sexual Offender
Florida law distinguishes sexual predators from sex offenders. A sexual predator designation is harsher than a sexual offender designation. A sexual offender is one that is convicted of a sex crime involving a minor. A sexual predator is a sex offender that is convicted of a sexually violent offense and is considered an extreme threat to public safety. Both are required to register with local law enforcement and will be required to comply with strict rules and restrictions; however, sexual predators will have more rigid reporting requirements. Detailed requirements are outlined in the Florida Sexual Predators Act, section 775.21 of the Florida Statutes.
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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.