Sex Offender Registration in FL

Panama City Sex Crimes Attorney

The State of Florida has some of the harshest requirements in the country when it comes to sex offender registration. State law has two designations for individuals who are convicted of sex crimes—sexual predators and sexual offenders. If you have been arrested for a sex crime in Panama City, you need to contact a criminal defense attorney immediately to fight your charges.

Florida Sex Offender Laws

After being released from prison, a sex offender has 48 hours to register in person with the local sheriff's department. The information given by the offender to the sheriff's department, such as their picture, will be made available to the public.

State law mandates registration for life for those convicted of sex crimes, including:

  • Kidnapping
  • False imprisonment
  • Sexual battery
  • Unlawful sexual activity with certain minors
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Possession of child pornography

An offender who fails to register properly can be charged with a third-degree felony and be sentenced to additional jail time.

Protecting Your Freedom

Those who have registered as sex offenders have restrictions on where they may live. Florida prohibits anyone convicted of a sex crime committed against a child under 16 years old from living within 1,000 feet of a school, day care, park, or bus stop.

There are also restrictions placed on where a registered sex offender can work. If the victim was a minor, a sex offender may not work at any business, school, day car, park, playground, or any other location associated with children.

Attorney Rusty Shepard Can Help

It is essential that you begin working with a Panama City sex crimes attorney as soon as possible after your arrest. Shepard Law can offer you the reliable representation needed to challenge sex crime charges and keep you from having to register as a sex offender for life. Get in touch with his law firm today and he can begin putting together an effective defense for you.

Contact Shepard Law today for a free case evaluation at (850) 215-5200.