Advice on Your Charges and Florida’s Sexual Predator Laws
If you have been charged with a sexual offense, you are likely worried about the jail time and probation you may face if you are convicted. Unfortunately, those issues are just the beginning of your worries; if you are convicted of a sexually related offense, you may be required to register as a sex offender or as a sexual predator, marking you for decades or even for life.
If you have been charged with a sex crime, it is important to understand every aspect of your case, including the penalties you face and the options you have for mounting your defense. Florida sexual predator lawyer William Hanlon leverages nearly 20 years of experience to offer the advice you need to understand your case and begin planning your defense strategy immediately after your arrest.
His experience allows him to offer advice to clients facing a wide range of sexually related charges, including:
According to the Florida government website, The Florida Sexual Predator Act states that all Sexual Predators, who committed their offense on or after October 1, 1997, are subject to mandatory community notification and registration requirements. The legislation also states that sexual offenders who have been released from prison or Department of Corrections sanctions on or after October 1, 1997, are subject to community notification at the discretion of the Chief or Sheriff of a jurisdiction. In this way, the legislature allowed for local agencies to address individual public safety concerns regarding sex offenders on a case by case basis.
Additionally, both sexual predators and offenders must register with the state or local Sheriff, and the Florida Department of Safety & Motor Vehicles within 48 hours of release from prison or any subsequent move.
The law applies to individuals who have been convicted of:
Sexual battery of a minor
Attempted sexual battery of a minor
Selling or buying of minors for visual depiction in sexually explicit material
Kidnapping or false imprisonment of a minor
An individual listed on the Florida Sexual Predator Registry may be barred from living within a certain vicinity of a school or public playground, and is required to notify authorities of any change in residence, employment or status.
Helping You Avoid Mandatory Registration
To be frank, the only way to avoid mandatory registration as a sex offender or sexual predator is to combat the charges against you. Attorney Hanlon has the skills and experience you need to mount the most aggressive defense possible when you are facing serious sex crimes.