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What Happens If I Fail to Register as a Sex Offender?

What Happens If I Fail to Register as a Sex Offender?

Posted By Parks & Braxton, PA || 6-Sep-2016

Under the Florida Sexual Predators Act, individuals who have been convicted of sex crimes are obligated to register as sex offenders in their home state and any other state they move to in the future. Examples of crimes that require sex offender registration include rape, sexual assault, and child molestation.

A person may fail to register as a sex offender for one of the following reasons:

  • They have moved to a different state and choose not to register in order to avoid the stigma
  • They were unaware that they had to register
  • They knew they had to register but did not due to an inability to pay the associated fees

Sex Offender Registration Requirements

Registration must be completed in person at a local sheriff’s office between two and four times a year in Florida depending on the nature of the crime. The individual must provide basic information including name, social security number, date of birth, address, employment information, and characteristics such as ethnicity, eye color, or hair color. They will also have to include information on the make, model, and vehicle identification number of any vehicles they own, as well as phone numbers, internet providers, email addresses, and even IP addresses. A current picture and fingerprints will also be taken.

If any of this information changes, the offender is required to re-register within 48 hours. If their address changes, they are also required to report to the DMV to request and pay for a new driver’s license to reflect the permanent or temporary address change.

Penalties for Failing to Register

If a person fails to register as a sex offender in Florida, they may be charged with a 3rd degree felony. The penalty for this crime is five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. This sentence may be lengthened to up to 15 years in prison (2nd degree felony) depending on the following factors:

  • The individual’s criminal history
  • If the individual is a repeat sexual offender
  • If the crime is deemed egregious or certain other factors existed

If you have been arrested for failing to register as a sex offender, call Parks & Braxton, PA right away for a consultation on how we can assist you with your registration issue. As a failure to register can have very serious implications for your future, including your ability to find a job or a place to live, make certain that you do not delay in speaking with a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney about how we may be able to mitigate your charges. We’re committed to protecting your liberty and fighting for your freedom!

Schedule a consultation online, or call us at (954) 519-2290. We’re available 24/7 to assist you.

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