Even Probation Can Have Life-Changing Consequences
As bad as prison and sex offender probation can be, the implications of sex offender registration and indefinite civil commitment can be the most frightening penalties you face as a sex offender in Florida.
At The Bigney Law Firm in Orlando, Florida, our criminal defense lawyers are dedicated to protecting you from the long-term consequences of a conviction and the corresponding sex offender penalties. If you have been charged with a sex crime in central Florida, we offer a free initial consultation to evaluate your case.
What if I Receive Probation for a Sex Offense?
Our lawyers take a cautious approach to negotiating plea bargains in sex crime cases. Sex offender probation is a very strict form of probation. In addition to all the standard conditions of probation, sex offender probation additionally includes the following special conditions:
- Mandatory 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew
- Prohibition from living within 1000 feet of a school, daycare center, park or playground (if the victim is under the age of 18)
- Participation in and successful completion of a sex offender treatment program
Even if you receive probation in a sex crime case, you could still be subject to sex offender registration.
Which Sex Crimes Are Subject to Sex Offender Registration?
Here is a list of some of the convictions that will lead to sex offender registration requirement:
- Kidnapping and False Imprisonment or a minor
- Luring or Entice a Child
- Sexual Battery
- Unlawful Sexual Activity With a Minor (i.e. Statutory Rape)
- Solicitation of Minor for Prostitution
- Sex Trafficking of a Minor
- Lewd or Lascivious Conduct in Presence of a Minor, Elderly or Disable Person
- Sexual Performance by a Child
- Child Pornography
While there are some exceptions, in Florida, sex offender registration typically is for life. Under the Jessica Lunsford Act, sexual offenders and predators must report in person to the sheriff office in country where they reside. Failure to report their current address is a third degree felony subject to incarceration.
What is the Jimmy Ryce Act?
Under the Jimmy Ryce Act, if you have been convicted of a sex crime and are sentenced to prison for a sex offense or any other offense, prior to your release from prison, the government may place you in a civil commitment indefinitely. If the government deems you a violent sexual predator, you must speak to an attorney experienced in this serious act. You may face civil commitment for life.
Can I Have Sex Offender Registration Removed?
There are a few narrow grounds that would allow you to remove the requirement for sex offender registration in Florida. One example is that if you were convicted of statutory rape (consensual sex with a minor), and there was a narrow difference between the ages of the accused and the victim, our lawyers can seek to have the requirement removed.
Free Case Evaluation
To schedule a free consultation about sex offender penalties with an attorney at the Bigney Law Firm, call 407-792-2923 any time of the day or night or fill out our contact form. For your convenience, our office is located in downtown Orlando, Florida, one block behind the courthouse. Se habla Español.