In Jacksonville and all of Florida, if you plea to a sex offense, you will probably be placed on “Sex Offender Probation”. Of all criminal probation in Florida, sex offender probation is the most restrictive by far. There are several conditions of probation:
1. You will have a mandatory curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
2. If the alleged victim is under 18, you have to live at least 1000 feet away from a school, daycare, playground, park, or any other location children tend to gather.
3. You must complete sex offender treatment, which is a comprehensive series of tests and therapy. You have to pay for this treatment and it can be quite an expense.
4. You will not be allowed to have contact with the alleged victim or any person under the age of 18 if the alleged victim was under 18.
5. You have to get a risk assessment completed. After the assessment, an opinion will be given as to the risk posed to children.
6. You will not be allowed to work anywhere children regularly gather, including zoos, schools, malls, theme parks, etc.
7. You are not allowed to view or possess any pornographic material in any way.
8. You must give a sample of your DNA to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
9. You have to pay for any and all medical and psychological services used by the alleged victim.
10. During your Florida probation, you are subject to a warrantless search of your body, home and car by the probation officer.
11. At least once a year, you have to submit to a polygraph (lie detector) test. You also have to pay for this.
12. You have to keep a driving log and cannot drive alone without the permission of your probation officer.
13. You cannot have a post office box without the permission of your probation officer.
14. You have to submit to an HIV test and pay for it.
This is just probation. There is also substantial jail or prison time associated with all sex crimes. As you can see, sex offense accusations in Florida are taken very seriously by the police and the state attorney’s office.
If you or anyone you love is accused of sex charges, their rights have to be protected. Call our experienced Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyers for a free consultation at (904) 634-0900.