David Rosado was arrested in Osceola County on the charge of failing to comply with Florida’s sex-offender registration law, which was brought to light after he called police. Rosado was convicted of sex crimes against a child in New York in 2003. Rosado called Kissimmee police on Sept. 1 to complain about a church pastor failing to pay him for “some work,” reports show.
After an officer confronted Rosado about with the information he obtained from a law-enforcement database and a sex-offender website, Rosado said he had forgotten about the New York charges, but also told officers he planned on registering that week.
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.
Many do not think that the crime of failing to register as a sex offender is a serious offense, and if one has moved, that the location which one moves to will have no knowledge and will obtain no knowledge in the future of one’s past conviction. However, this is not the case. Fugitive Task Forces have been created to execute warrants for people accused of failing to register.
Some of the many registration requirements for a Florida sex offender include:
– registration within 48 hours of being released from custody;
– registration of one’s place of employment, or enrollment in an institution of higher learning;
– registration within 48 hours of relocating to a new address;
– registration of one’s address of residence; and
– registration with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Florida Sex Offender Registrants are also required to re-register periodically, depending on their own personal requirements provided to them by the state. Sexual offender and Sexual predator laws are covered under two different chapters under Florida law, but the penalties for each are identical. The primary difference between the two is the number of times throughout the year that the offender must register; sexual predators must register four times annually and sexual offenders need to register only bi-annually. While the charges differ in type and severity of act, the requirements for registration are almost identical. If one fails to register as required by law, one could possibly be arrested and face numerous other penalties, including jail time.
Sometimes, sex offenders 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, but not wise. The best option one can pursue when evading police for a crime like this is to turn oneself 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 a simple mistake like failing to register will not continue to be a problem in one’s life and will 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: Sex offender jailed after calling police about paycheck, The Orlando-Sentinel