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The Florida Sex Offender Registry and How to Avoid It

Sex Offender Registry 

Being convicted with a sex crime can have lasting effects. Certain convictions can force you to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. Being on the sex offender registry can make it more difficult to fine employment, take out a loan, or buy a home. 

The state of Florida maintains a registry of all convicted sex offenders, what they were convicted of, what they look like, and where they live. There is a searchable database of convicted sex offenders maintained by the US Department of Justice.

Sex offenders must register twice a year, while sexual predators must check in four times a year. If you moved to Florida from another state in which you were convicted of a sexual crime, you are required to register with the state.

The sex offender registry was passed by congress in 1984, In 1996, after the passage of Megan’s Law. sex offender information was required to be accessible to the public. There are over 70,000 registered sex offenders in the state of Florida and over 900,000 nationwide.

Florida law requires all registered sex offenders to share the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Social security number
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Hair
  • Eye color
  • Tattoos or other identifying marks
  • Fingerprints
  • Palm prints
  • Current photograph
  • Occupation and place of employment
  • Vehicle information
  • All telephone numbers
  • All email addresses, social media handles, and messaging account user name
  • Conviction information
  • Passport information
  • Immigration status/documentation
  • Professional license information
  • Residential address – a sexual offender must update their address on their driver’s license within 48 hours.

Which Crimes Require You to Register as a Sex Offender?

Florida Statute 943.0435 states those convicted of these crimes must register as a sex offender with the state:

  • Sexual battery (including spousal rape, date rape, and statutory rape)
  • Kidnapping
  • False imprisonment
  • Lewd and lascivious offenses (public exposure, nudity, and other offenses)
  • Child molestation
  • Child prostitution
  • Child pornography
  • Unlawful sexual activity with minors
  • Sexual performances by a child
  • The selling or buying of minors

Being convicted of a sex crime can threaten your future plans and livelihood. Our society is committed to protecting victims of sexual crimes, especially children. The media’s public villfication of sex offenders can make having a normal life and job very challenging. . Sex crimes can be some of the most emotionally draining types of cases for a criminal attorney to handle, and it’s important to hire an experienced attorney who can handle these challenges. 

Defense Attorney, Palm Beach Gardens

Ronald Chapman

If you have been charged with a sex crime, contact Ronald Chapman. Getting your name off the sexual offender registry is difficult, but not impossible. Ronald Chapman is an  experienced defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of the Florida criminal court system and is dedicated to his clients. Ronald Chapman can help you with your case.

Ronald Chapman practices criminal defense in both State and Federal Courts within the State of Florida. Since 1990, Mr. Chapman has been representing people accused of committing various types of crimes. If you are facing criminal charges in Florida, Ronald Chapman can help. Schedule your FREE Consultation! Call (561) 832-4348 or visit his website.Visit us at https://www.justiceflorida.com/ You can also connect with the West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Office online today! Ronald Chapman, an experienced criminal defense lawyer, dedicated to defending your rights. Contact him today to begin to discuss your case.

  

Ronald S. Chapman, P.A.
400 Clematis Street, Suite 206
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
561-832-4348

 

 

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