Sex offender registration and sentencing laws in Florida are one on of
the harshest in the country. According to state law, there are two types of
sex crime designations: sexual offenders and sexual predators.
A sexual offender is an individual who must have been convicted of a qualifying
offense in Florida or in another jurisdiction. Or, someone who has been
released from or is currently serving incarceration, probation, or parole
on or after October 1, 1997.
In total there are 23 offenses that qualify for the sex offender designation,
which include some of the following:
- Sexual misconduct
- Kidnapping of a minor
- False imprisonment of a minor
- Luring or enticing a child
- Unlawful sexual activity with certain minors
- Child pornography
On the other hand, a sexual predator are those convicted of first-degree
felony sex crimes or two second-degree felony sex offenses over a period
of ten years. This means that if an individual engages in violent behaviors
or commits the most serious types of crimes regarding sexual conduct,
he/she could be classified as a sexual predator.
Any person required to register with local police as a sex offender must
comply with strict rules and restrictions. However, sexual predators often
find that their reporting requirements are more harsh and rigorous.
Both sexual offenders and sexual predators must maintain registration for
the rest of their life. However, after 25 years without arrest, sex offenders
can as the court to remove them from the registry.
If a registered sexual offender or sexual predator when required to, or
if they fail to update their driver’s license number within 48 hours
of moving, or if they fail to comply with any other requirements, they
could be charged with a felony.
If you are facing a sex crime, our
Daytona Beach criminal defense attorney at
Stepniak & Park can protect your rights and reputation. We understand how a sex crime
conviction can have a substantial negative impact on a person’s
life, especially if they have to register as a sexual offender. Do not
hesitate to get the experienced legal help to defend yourself against
Contact us and request a free consultation for more information.