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Sex Crimes: Failure to Register as a Sexual Offender or Sexual Predator

Convictions for certain sex crimes can eventually lead to reporting requirements.Anyone convicted of a sex offense and designated a sexual offender or sexual predator by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) will be required to report and follow other rues set forth by the Florida legislature.Anyone designated a sexual predator will be required to fulfill certain reporting requirements. Predators are required to register 4 times year.Anyone designated a sexual offender will be required to meet the same reporting requirements as a sexual predator, however, offenders are only required to register two times a year.

If you do not register as a sexual offender or predator in the State of Florida, you can expect to be charged with a felony. If an individual enters a guilty plea or is found guilty after a jury trial of certain sex offenses, the judgment and sentence with be submitted and reviewed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Depending on the statute and number of prior sexually motivated offenses, an individual can be categorized as a sexual offender or a sexual predator.

Not as if the sexual connotation is enough, the State of Florida mandates many reporting requirements for sexual offender and sexual predators.Another pitfall is that the prior sexually motivated offense can categorize a defendant as a habitual or habitual violent offender. For all these reasons, it is imperative to retain a Miami criminal lawyer at DMT to defend individuals charged with crimes such as sexual battery, lewd and lascivious conduct, child sexual abuse and child pornography. In the majority of cases, the only way not to be labeled a sexual offender or sexual predator is to win the case at trial.

Sexual offenders must adhere to the following registration requirements:
  • 48 hour time frame after release of custody or relocation
  • Inclusion of address location
  • Inclusion of any occupation at an educational institution
  • Inclusion of any enrollment in an education institution
  • Registration with the DMV
It should be noted that you may need to file more than once a year –in some cases up to once every four months. Missing any one of the many filing requirements can be seen as grounds for criminal charges.

Another problematic issue with being labeled a sexual offender or sexual predator are the state and local legislation that limits where individuals can reside. Many of the municipalities have passed living restrictions that are much more onerous than the laws passed by the State of Florida.This is yet another example of the importance in hiring a highly skilled Miami criminal defense lawyer that obtain outstanding results for clients charged with sexually related offenses.

If you have been charged with failure to register as a sexual offender,you need to contact the Miami criminal lawyers at DMT. Arrests usually do not come with any warning, so our legal team is available every hour of every day – even holidays – to assist you! Let us help shield your rights from the unfair bias of a harsh legal system.You can call our office at (305) 396-3982 or reach us by completing the form on our contact page or by sending an e-mail.