According to the Delaware Sex Offender Registry, Thomas M. Hale was convicted in Florida in March 1993 of committing a lewd and lascivious act upon a child between the ages of 1 and 11. Delaware State Police are looking for him on a warrant for failure to re-register his current address with authorities. Investigators said Hale is a Tier II (medium-risk) sex offender, and as such must register his current address and notify the Delaware Sex Offender Apprehension and Registration Unit within three days as he is required to do by law.
There are a variety of laws that fall under Lewd Statutes, generally the maximum penalty can be up to fifteen (15) years in prison and, in rare circumstances, the minimum sentence can be sex offender probation. The typical lewd offenses are lewd or Lascivious Molestation, Sexual Touching of a Child and Lewd or Lascivious Conduct or Exhibition.
If one is convicted of such an offense, one will take on the designation of sex offender. Every person convicted of a sexually related felony offense is forced to comply with sexual offender registration laws throughout Florida and the United States.
Some of the consequences a sex offender in Florida will continually endure include:
– Updating one’s residence with every three to six months for one’s entire life.
– Receiving mandatory prison time, even if a small amount, as every sexually related felony offense scores mandatory prison.
– Being placed on Sex Offender Probation
– Being restricted on where one can live
– Being subject to a strict curfew
– Participating in mandatory sex offender counseling, and
– Being subject to various restriction on where one can work.
In Florida, if the State feels that one is a particularly dangerous sexually-motivated offender, the State Attorney can seek to have one “committed” under the “Jimmy Ryce” law to a civil commitment facility upon the completion of the “criminal” prison sentence. This process essentially keeps a person locked up, even if they have completed their sentence.
Sex crimes in general carry harsh penalties and burdensome sanctions. Additionally, the more severe the sex crime, the greater one’s difficulties will be outside of prison when trying to find a job, obtaining a residence, and being able to enjoy one’s life after a charge of this nature.
Florida and other states have attempted to crack down on sex offenders and those who fail in the registration process. Sometimes, those arrested for these types of crimes are arrested for failure to report a change in address within the proscribed period, sometimes failing by only a couple days. In these cases, it is imperative that one obtain an experienced attorney who can explain the delay, possibly having one’s new charge of failing to register one’s new address dismissed.
Other times, those sex offenders who have failed to register did not register intentionally for fear of being identified as having a certain qualities or being involved with an act that one is ashamed of and is trying to distance oneself from. This is understandable, however, not wise. The best option one can pursue when evading police for a crime like this is to turn one’s self into authorities and immediately obtain an experienced attorney who can work with the State to have one placed on a light probation or community service, rather than being locked away, possibly for the rest of one’s life, because of a powerful-State operated legal system that might view one as a threat to society.
One in a situation such as this should obtain an experienced Jacksonville sex crimes defense attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights, defenses, and options are known and protected. One cannot fight this battle alone. With the help of an experienced attorney, one can be sure that this mistake will be whited out of one’s life and become a thing of the past.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
Additional Source: Police Looking for Dagsboro Sex Offender, Kye Parsons, WBOC News