If you were recently arrested for a sexually-motivated crime in Tampa, you may be wondering if you will have to register as a sex offender, which is completely understandable.
Under Florida law, sexual offenders and sexual predators are required to register, and this includes juveniles (found guilty of certain sex offenses) who have been adjudicated “delinquent.” These individuals are required to report in person to the Sheriff’s Office in the county where they live to register.
If the court determines that you are a “sexual predator,” or a “juvenile sexual predator,” you will be required to report in person to your local Sheriff’s Office and register not once, but FOUR times a year, beginning with the month of your birthday and every three months after that.
What is a sexual predator? It is someone who has been found guilty of an offense that is sexually violent under Section 775.21 of the Florida Statutes. To be considered a sexual predator, a person must also have a written court order that designates him or her as a “sexual predator.”
An individual can also be designated as a sexual predator if they have been civilly committed under the Florida Jimmy Ryce Sexually Violent Predator Act, and if they have a written order from the court designated them as a sexual predator.
For example, if your month of birth is in January, and the court requires that you register FOUR times a year, you will have to register in: January, April, July and October of each year.
On the other hand, if you have been named as a “sexual offender,” you are required to report to the Sheriff’s Office TWO to FOUR times a year, depending on which offense you were convicted of.
If the court designates someone as a sexual predator or a sexual offender, he or she is required to register for life.
Am I required to register as a sex offender?
Without knowing the facts of your case we cannot definitively say if you will be required to register as a sex offender, however, here is a list of some of the offenses that require sex offender registration:
- Sexual battery,
- Human trafficking,
- Luring or enticing a child,
- Having sex with a minor,
- Child pornography-related offenses,
- Sexual offenses prohibited under F.S. 393.152(2),
- Sexual offenses listed under F.S. 394.4593(2),
- Sexual performance by a child,
- Kidnapping that involves a minor that is not the defendant’s child, and
- False imprisonment of a child where the defendant is not the parent or guardian.
What personal information do I have to provide?
If you have been designated as a sexual offender or predator, as a “registrant,” you will be required to provide a significant amount of personal information about yourself, such as your name and date of birth, a photograph of yourself, your occupation and where you work, your residential address, and much more.
All of your information, including your photo, address and arrest data will be public and available for anyone to read, including employers and civilians, who can access this data on the public registry website, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Consequences of Failing to Comply
As a registered sexual offender or predator, you are required by law to comply with the state’s registration requirements, and if you don’t, you could be arrested and incarcerated.
If you fail to re-register when you’re supposed to, or if you fail to update your driver’s license number within 48 hours of moving, or if you fail to comply with any other requirements, you could be charged with a felony.
If you are facing criminal charges for a sex offense, don’t hesitate to contact a Tampa criminal defense lawyer from Thomas & Paulk, P.A. to have a former prosecutor fight your charges.