Failure to Register as a Sexual Offender or Sexual Predator in Tampa, Florida
In Florida, after you have been convicted of a sexual offense you are required to register with local law enforcement as a sexual offender or sexual predator. This enables local law enforcement agencies to track convicted sex offenders/predators in local communities. Failure to register or report in a timely manner can be a felony offense.
What Information am I Required to Provide?
According to the statute, you are required to provide the following information:
- Your name;
- date of birth;
- social security number;
- hair and eye color;
- tattoos or other identifying marks;
- occupation and place of employment;
- address of permanent or legal residence (a post office box shall not be provided in lieu of a physical residential address);
- home telephone number and/or cellular phone number;
- any electronic mail address and any instant message name; and
- a brief description of the crime or crimes committed by the offender.
In What Ways Can I Violate This Requirement?
- Depending on your status (predator/offender) you have registration deadlines multiple times per year;
- Every time you move you must notify law enforcement;
- You may not be able to reside near certain businesses/public places;
What are the Penalties Associated with a Failure to Register?
This is a serious felony offense that could land you in jail. If you know you have violated a requirement you should immediately contact a defense attorney to discuss your case. Depending on the facts this could be a third degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison or a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.