Impacts of FL Sex Offender Registration

How Your Life Can Change as a Registered FL Sex Offender

A sex crime conviction in Florida can change your life in unimaginable ways, as it typically carries punishments including jail, fines, restitution and sex offender registration. Society stereotypes sex offenders extremely negatively and can be unforgiving despite knowing you paid the price behind bars.

Your punishment doesn’t end until your sex offender registration period does.

The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) is a federal law that provides a comprehensive set of minimum standards for sex offender registration and notification in the United States. All 50 states have sex offender registration laws, although not all of them comply with federal guidelines under SORNA.

In Florida, a sex offender is defined as a person who is convicted of committing, attempting, soliciting or conspiring to commit acts including, but not limited to:

  • The kidnapping of a child under the age of 13 under aggravating circumstances.
  • Luring or enticing a child.
  • Sexual Battery.
  • Computer pornography.
  • Lewd, lascivious, or indecent assault or act upon or in the presence of a child.
  • Sell, give away, etc. obscene material to a minor.
  • Child Abuse: employ, consent to, promote, etc. sexual performance by a child.

No Privacy & Limited Opportunities

Once they’re released from prison, a person who registers as a sex offender must prepare themselves for the next wave of penalties: Loss of privacy and a lack of opportunities.

The information displayed on the Florida Sex Offender Registry includes:

  • Designation
  • Crime information
  • Name & Aliases
  • Address
  • Birthday
  • Race
  • Hair & eye color
  • Height & weight
  • Sex & gender
  • Vehicle & vessel information

Other consequences of sex offender registration include:

  • Must live away from areas where there are children (schools, camps, churches, etc.)
  • Cannot attend recreational sports games involving children
  • Limited job opportunities
  • Prohibited alcohol and drug use
  • Curfew
  • Restraining order

If you’ve been arrested for a sex crime, I strongly advise that you contact The Law Offices of Phillip T. Ridolfo, Jr. immediately. The sooner you retain a West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer like me, the better your chances of achieving a successful outcome are. For over 25 years, I have defended clients from some of the harshest criminal charges, including sex crimes. As such, allow me to fight for your best interests and call (561) 475-2752.


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