Sex Offender Registration

Sex Offender Registrationa

If you are convicted of a number of sex crimes in the state you will be labeled as a sex offender and be required to register as such with the state. This registry will be active in some cases for your entire lifetime.

The following is a list of crimes for which convictions, adjudications or deferred adjudications will trigger the registration requirement.

  • Offense Length of duty to register as a sex offender
  • Unlawful restraint 10 years’ post discharge
  • Kidnapping 10 years’ post discharge
  • Aggravated Kidnapping with intent to abuse 10 years’ post discharge
  • Trafficking of persons Lifetime
  • Continuous sexual abuse of a child Lifetime
  • Indecency with a child by contact Lifetime
  • Indecency with a child by exposure 10 years’ post discharge
  • Sexual assault – based on victims age Lifetime
  • Prohibited sexual conduct Lifetime
  • Burglary of a habitation with intent to commit Lifetime
  • Compelling prostitution of a person under 18 Lifetime
  • Sexual performance by a child Lifetime
  • Possessing or promoting child pornography Lifetime

If an attempt, conspiracy, solicitation or solicitation of a minor to commit was determined, the length of time for these offenses is 10 years post discharge.

If the convicted was younger than 17 years of age at the time of the offense, the length of time to remain on the registry would still be 10 years post discharge.

What does sex offender registration require?

The Department of Public Safety has created a notification system that allows the public to subscribe to e-mail notifications regarding database changes relating to registered sex offenders.

Convicted sex offenders are required to provide an almost unlimited amount of information about themselves. Most of this data will not be available to the general public, however: your picture along with a physical description, date of birth, address and type of offense will be viewable.

What are Risk Levels and how are they assigned?

The Risk Assessment Review Committee, as established by the Department of Criminal Justice is responsible for developing or selecting a sex offender screening tool to be used in determining the level of risk of a person subject to sex offender registration. The Department of Criminal Justice, the Youth Commission, or a court determines the person’s level of risk to the community using the sex offender screening tool developed or selected by the Committee. The screening tool works similar to an insurance actuarial table. It cannot determine whether a particular offender will re-offend. It only indicates that a person with these characteristics has a higher probability of re-offending.

Each person released from a penal institution, or placed on community supervision or juvenile probation on or after January 1, 2000, and for whom sex offender registration is required, will be assigned a Risk Level.

Risk levels as defined by statute are as follows:

  • High (Level 3): a designated range of points on the sex offender screening tool indicating that the person poses a serious danger to the community and will continue to engage in criminal sexual conduct.
  • Moderate (Level 2): a designated range of points on the sex offender screening tool indicating a moderate danger to the community and may continue to engage in criminal sexual conduct.
  • Low (Level 1): a designated range of points on the sex offender screening tool indicating that the person poses a low danger to the community and will not likely engage in criminal sexual conduct.

Note: Not all registered sex offenders are required to have a risk assessment under current law. The term “Not Available” indicates the offender is not required to have a risk assessment or the offender’s risk assessment has not been reported to the Department of Public Safety.

Offenders are required by law to keep local law enforcement in other jurisdictions informed of their location if they are to be away from their county of residence for any extended period of time.

Defense against Sex Offender Registration

Being accused of a sexual offense, certainly those involving a child will have consequences that last a lifetime and will affect a persons’ employment as well as every aspect of their lives. Many convictions of sexual abuse and indecency rely on subjective evidence.

If you are facing these types of accusations you will need the most experienced criminal defense attorneys you can get to defend your case, a firm who is familiar with the justice system in the county in which you are accused. Call The Dick Law Firm for a private consultation. We are a Florida Board Certified Criminal Defense Firm and have been practicing in Duval County for many years.