Sex crimes carry some of the law’s harshest penalties, and a sex crime conviction can permanently destroy your reputation. Florida has some of the toughest sex crimes laws in the nation, and these laws cover a wide variety of conduct, including internet offenses. Understanding the legal landscape is the first step to beginning your defense.
Under Florida law, not all sex offenders are sexual predators. A court is required to make a specific finding that an offender is a sexual predator before that offender can be officially designated as a sexual predator and become subject to Florida’s sexual predator restriction and notification requirements.
In the State of Florida, repeat sexual offenders, sexual offenders who use physical violence and sexual offenders who prey on children are “sexual predators” who present an extreme threat to public safety.
Sex offenses in Florida are punishable by prison, probation and fines. A person convicted of sex offenses would also be required to comply with the sexual offender registration laws in Florida and throughout the United States.