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.
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.
If you or someone you know is being investigated or has been arrested for a sex crime in Northeast Florida, contact our experienced Jacksonville Sex Crimes Attorneys at (904) 634-0900.