Gregg Michael Scott, originally from Florida, was arrested by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in San Antonio on a warrant alleging that Scott failed to comply with sex offender registration. Fifteen years ago, Scott was convicted and sentenced to 5 years in a Florida Department of Corrections Prison for sexually assaulting a 15 year old female. Sometime after his release, Scott relocated to the state of Texas where he allegedly failed to register as a sex offender with authorities. The Texas Department of Public Safety added Scott to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender list 4 days ago and a $3,000 cash reward was offered for information leading to his capture.
Many Jacksonville sex crime convictions carry the stipulation that the convicted person must register as a sex offender. Under Florida law, sexual offenders are required, whether convicted in or out of the state or moving into the state with an out-of-state conviction, to register with the Department of Corrections and then be placed on the Florida Sexual Offenders and Predators list for the state.
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.
Usually, failing to register as a sex offender is classified as a class D felony. Some of these registration laws can be rather strict, requiring those convicted of a sex crime to register in whatever state they move to or work in. For someone in Scott’s case, who after fifteen years had probably moved on from the conviction, is now forced to face the scaring situation all over again for simply failing to register. Anyone who is charged with failing to register is advised to consult with a failure to register criminal attorney.
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 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: http://www.usmarshals.gov/news/chron/2013/012313a.htm”target=”blank”>Florida Sex Offender Found In Texas, U.S. Marshals Service