8 Crimes that Require Sex Offender Registration
Florida defines a sexual predator as someone previously convicted of a sexually violent crime. Sexual predators must register as sex offenders in Florida.
This consequence impacts where you can live, what jobs you can have, and other areas of your life. This may motivate you to fight your charges rather than accept a guilty plea.
Florida Sex Offender Registration Laws
After release from jail or prison, you must register with your local law enforcement agency. Your name, photos, crime, and other personal information will be part of the public sex offender list. Failing to register could result in a third-degree felony charge.
Crimes That Require You to Register as a Sex Offender
Several charges require those convicted to register as sex offenders after they serve their sentence. These include:
- Kidnapping or false imprisonment of a child younger than 13: There doesn’t need to be any sexual contact with the child
- Luring or enticing a child: If you’re 18+ years old and intentionally lure or entice, or attempt to lure or entice, a child under the age of 12 into a structure, dwelling, or conveyance, for an unlawful, though not necessarily sexual, purpose
- Racketeering or illegal debts: Collecting income from crimes that are part of the definition of sexual predator or making illegal loans to those who commit them can qualify you for the sex offender registry.
- Human trafficking: When victims are forced into the commercial sex trade
- Child pornography charges
- Involvement in prostitution of a minor
- Sexual misconduct: The alleged acts don’t have to involve physical touching
- Sexual battery
Someone as young as 14 could qualify for the registration if they’re adjudicated delinquent due to sex-related charges.
Can I Ever Get Removed from Sex Offender Registration?
A registered sexual offender will be on the list for life unless they’ve received a full pardon or post-conviction relief for their offense. You can’t ask a court to be removed from the registry under Florida law.
You can ask a judge to remove you from the sex offender registry if:
- 25 years have passed
- You have not been arrested for any felony or misdemeanor
- Your original charge didn’t include specific crimes, such as kidnapping, false imprisonment, sexual battery, and sex-related crimes involving minors and the elderly, among other crimes
The judge may grant or deny your request. Even after your death, you may remain on the registry for a year afterward. This time is intended to give alleged victims, the community, and local law enforcement time to be notified.
Contact a Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer in Tampa
Brett Metcalf, Criminal Defense Attorney, P.A., is a dedicated, experienced Tampa attorney who defends and protects the rights of those charged with sex crimes. He understands the consequences of a conviction and will work hard to get you the best outcome possible.