News4Jax.com reports that a Jacksonville man was sentenced to three years in prison for failing to register as a sex offender.
Make no mistake about it — being convicted of a sex offense is a lifelong punishment, whether a person is sentenced to probation or years of prison time. Jacksonville criminal defense attorneys have seen defendants who faced serious penalties AFTER conviction because they didn’t follow all the requirements of a registered sex offender.
Sex offender registration can result from a conviction for many types of sex crimes in Jacksonville. From an allegation that someone forcibly raped a victim to peeping or accidentally exposing yourself, a sex offense could mean a lifetime of registering as a sex offender and having to inform police every time you move.
Not only are defendants forced to serve prison sentences — sex crimes can lead to years of probation, community service and fine and fees. And sex offenses remain a crime that is routinely punished even after incarceration.
Registering as a sex offender means having your jail mug shot highlighted on state and federal databases, with no restrictions. People search their neighborhoods or by a defendant’s name and social ridicule or other consequences may result. The database information includes the photo, where they live, sometimes notifications to the media from the sheriff’s office about their change of address, tattoos or other identifiable marks and other information intended to point them out in a crowd.
They must also tell police when they move. It’s the modern-day scarlet letter and it can last forever.
In Jacksonville recently, a man convicted in 2006 of lewd and lascivious molestation was re-arrested and recently sentenced to three years in prison for not registering as a sex offender after traveling from Florida to North Carolina.
Prosecutors said he didn’t comply with sex offender requirements by not notifying local North Carolina authorities he had moved. He was also accused of removing an electronic monitoring device that was a condition of his release, another probation violation.
He was sentenced to two years in prison and three years of sex offender probation — which typically have much more stringent requirements than regular probation — and after the failure to register as a sex offender conviction he will have to spend three years in prison followed by 15 years on supervised release.
He now must be incarcerated and monitored for three times as long as the original charge that put him in the criminal justice system in the first place. It can be maddening to have to be constantly watched, which is why aggressively fighting the charges is critical. A conviction can change a person’s life forever.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
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