Florida’s sex offender laws have gradually pushed potential sexual predators out of metropolitan areas. So many Florida sex offenders are forced to live far outside any major cities. Many Florida sex offender villages, many times referred to as Miracle Villages, are many times actually set up by churches as sex offender friendly villages to help those in need. One particular Florida sex offender village was set up by a church pastor as a haven for sexual predators. According to him, “It doesn’t matter whether you’re stealing, lying, cheating, committing sexual sins. A sin is a sin, OK? And there’s only one cure for sin… that’s Jesus Christ.”
Some city and county ordinances in Florida make it extremely difficult–if not impossible–for sexual offenders to live lawfully in their communities. Sex offenders in cities all throughout Florida have resorted to living under bridges, sleeping on benches, and sleeping in just about anywhere they will not be arrested for merely being present in order to comply with some of Florida sex offender registration laws.
Municipalities and counties all throughout Florida and the Southeast are in a race to push sex offenders into the neighboring communities. Many times, this push becomes a competition, leaving both law abiding citizens and sex offenders, many times one-time sex offenders, losing. However, not all offenders that are pushed into these communities are dangerous offenders. Some offenders had sex with their underage girlfriends. Some viewed child pornography. Some Florida residents are leaders in the ministry, such as teachers at local county schools who confessed to molesting students.
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.
It is of further complication to all who are charged with enforcing these restrictions, that neither Florida Statute nor many of the local ordinances provide definitions for these places, causing the determination of what is an appropriate and legal residence for these offenders, increasingly confusing and difficult.
Residency restrictions become more complicated when the one has any medical or special needs conditions that require any level of care. Even nursing homes and assisted living facilities are becoming wary of accepting released offenders because they want to avoid having sexual offenders registered at their addresses. This problem will worsen as prison sentences increase, resulting in older released offenders who are more likely to have deteriorating health conditions, with no real quality of life or decent residential opportunity.
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 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 Village Called Miracle Village Set Up By Churches The Inquisitr