The Florida sex registry is meant to inform the general public of those who have been convicted of criminal sex crimes. However, not everyone understands how the registry works and what it means for the convicted. That’s why Hager & Schwartz is here to help you explore the sex offender registry.
Who Has to Register?
A sexual offender is an individual who is convicted of one of the following offenses:
- Sexual misconduct;
- Kidnapping of a minor;
- Luring or enticing a child;
- Human trafficking;
- Sexual battery;
- Unlawful sexual activity with certain minors;
- Procuring someone under the age of 18 for prostitution;
- Selling or buying minors into sex trafficking or prostitution;
- Lewd/lascivious offense committed upon or in the presence of persons less than 16 years of age;
- Video voyeurism of a minor;
- Sexual performance by a child;
- Computer pornography;
- Transmission of child pornography; and
He or she has been released from or is currently serving parole, probation, or incarceration for a qualifying sex offense or lives in Florida.
What Are Some of the Rules of Registering?
Those who register must follow these rules:
- Sex offenders must update registration at least twice a year (four times a year for some offenders depending on the crime they’ve committed).
- Sex offenders must tell sheriffs if they plan to travel outside of the state.
- Sex offenders must share residency updates with sheriffs.
- Sex offenders may not be allowed to live near or visit parks or schools depending on their crimes;
- Failure to register is a felony offense.
Is Registry Permanent?
Sexual predators must permanently register on the registry list, but sex offenders may be eligible to have their names removed from the sex offenders list.
We hope this blog post helped you better understand the sex offender registry. If you or a loved one is charged with a crime, Hager & Schwartz is here to help.