People convicted of certain sex crimes must register with the sex offender registry. Unfortunately, not every convict follows the rules, and this can result in severe penalties for the accused. Here are the penalties of failing to comply with sex offender registry rules.
Penalties for Failing to Comply with Sex Offender Registration
As stated on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) website, a sexual offender/predator’s failure to register as a sex offender as required by law is a third-degree felony.
Potential penalties for a third-degree felony resulting from a failure to comply with sex offender registration include:
- A term of imprisonment not to exceed five years; and
- A fine of not more than $5,000;
- In some circumstances, the court may choose not to impose a prison sentence. In these scenarios, an offender may face a mandatory minimum term of community control. For a first offense, the offender may face a mandatory minimum six-month term with electronic monitoring.
Hire Experienced Representation for Registration Charges
If you or a loved one is facing a third-degree felony because you were accused of failing to register on the sex offender registry list, help is just a phone call away. Hager & Schwartz is an award-winning law firm that can help you defend your rights against accusations of criminal activity. Our firm understands that mistakes happen, and we can help tell your side of the story.
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