FDLE created a new search available on Florida’s Sex Offender Registry allowing citizens to look for sex offenders who are working, living or going to school on college campuses and institutions of higher learning throughout Florida, as part of Florida’s existing public website registry. FDLE’s goal behind the new site is to enhance public safety.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation keeps a national registry and all 50 states also have their own. In Florida, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement maintains the sex offender registry. Every person convicted of a sex crime in Jacksonville and all of Florida must register. Their names, addresses, and pictures are available to the public 24 hours a day.
The Sex offender registry allows anyone to search for anyone listed on the Florida Sex Offender registry, Simply by enter their address and ZIP code. The registry then gives a full list of sex offenders in that person’s area. Information provided includes:
– Current Address and Map
– Current Offender Status
– Source of the Information
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.
There are very strict rules about when and how the person has to register. The problem with this system is it is not equipped to handle homeless offenders. The police will not allow someone to register as “homeless” with no address, but will also then arrest the person for not registering. Often, these people also have mental problems that prevent them from understanding what exactly they must do. The Florida Legislature and police must come up with a solution that is fair to everyone.
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: Florida Sex Offender Registry unveils new campus search, Santa Rosa’s Press Gazette