What is the definition of a “sex offender” in Florida?

As Jacksonville Sex Crimes Attorneys, we represent many people who are charged with sex crimes, such as sexual battery (rape), lewd and lascivious molestation, and lewd and lascivious battery. It is very easy to be accused of these crimes and very few crimes carry the stigma of a sex charge.

We often hear about sex offenders, but what exactly is the definition of one? A sex offender is a person who has been:

Convicted of committing, or attempting, soliciting, or conspiring to commit, any of the criminal offenses of sexual battery, lewd and lascivious molestation, lewd and lascivious battery, etc. or any SIMILAR crime committed in Florida.

“Conviction” means the person has been determined guilty as a result of a plea or a trial, regardless of whether adjudication is withheld. That means, even if you are not convicted of the sex charge in Jacksonville, you can still be deemed a sex offender and will have to comply with all of the requirements.