The Edison State College Board of Trustees at the Florida University passed an admissions policy which will permanently ban convicted sex offenders and some felons from attending the university. The ban took effect immediately upon passage, but it will take some convictions into consideration for admission, based on several variables. Those variables include the age of the person at the time they committed the crime, whether or not that individual took steps towards rehabilitation, and the nature of the crime, such as whether it involved children.
Sex offenders, as a part of sex offender probation are often are not allowed to reside near schools or parks, and many are further restricted by the terms of their probation, including where they live and how close their residence is to places where potential victims might be. Unfortunately or sex offenders, those locations are growing in number, making normal life difficult. Throughout Florida, there are over 7000 schools, 14000 registered daycares, 3600 parks and approximately 250,000 bus stops. The numbers of additional locations that are prohibited by the local ordinance restrictions are not defined, but have included public libraries, churches, theatres and pools.
Some offenders are scared to register as a sexual offender because of this very problem. Remember though, failing to register as a sex offender is a felony. Also remember that some registration laws can be rather strict, requiring those convicted of a sex crime to register in whatever state they move to or work in. Some sexual offenders, who after decades have probably moved on from the conviction, are still forced and are therefore still fearful of the danger in exposure of one’s past all over again, which will be guaranteed to happen unfortunately if one fails to register.
Law enforcement agencies, with the help of groups advocating for victims’ rights, have started employing electronic monitoring programs to effectively monitor sexual offenders. These Offender monitoring programs come in the form of GPS tethers and GPS ankle bracelets and have proven to be an invaluable asset in the success of sex offender monitoring.
Many of the GPS trackers used for sex offenders are much more advanced than average
trackers, and give officers the ability to monitor an offender from the moment they leave jail,
regardless if they are indoors or outdoors. Pairing a single-piece monitoring device with web-based software, these ankle monitors uses active GPS and assisted GPS technology to track indoors, where GPS alone cannot reach.
An experienced defense attorney with local knowledge should be able to counsel a client or prospective client on the probability of success. One’s opportunity for an early termination certainly increases if the victim and the state attorney do not oppose the motion for early termination. In the motion, the defense attorney should state at the bottom of the motion if the prosecutor is opposed to the early termination request.
One has a right to privacy in one’s home. Even if one has done something wrong and been convicted, one may still reasonably expect that one will not be subject to other crimes caused by other people for a designation of what one is, which designation in some cases, results from a correct conviction on previous charges, but a false conviction on the last, making one a career criminal.
One in a situation such as this should obtain an experienced Jacksonville sex crimes defense attorney to fight the 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 become a bane on 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: Florida University bans sex offenders, most felons from attendance, CampusReform.com