Sex offender and predator registries identify these persons and web sites are available for the public to see if these individuals are residing within their community. There are differences between these categories based on the severity of the offense and age of the victim with violent sexual offenders classified as sexual predators.
Sex Offenders Sex offenders may be of either gender and comprise of those individuals who were released from all conditions or sanctions of their sentence after October 1, The offenses that characterize a sex offender mainly involve minors and include: If 4 times, they register on their birthday and every 3rd month following that date.
Registration must take place within 48 hours of release from prison or custody or relocation to a new residence or change of motor vehicle status. Sexual Predators Sexual predators are persons who have been convicted of a first degree felony sex crime or two second degree felony sex crimes or have been released from sanctions imposed for such crimes within 10 years and which all occurred after October 1, In general, they have committed violent sexual offenses.
Sex crimes under this category consist of: Sexual battery on an adult Sexual battery on a person under the age of 12 where injury is to the sexual organs or committed oral, anal or vaginal penetration—carries a sentence of 15 years to life without parole Sexual battery where the offender is at least 18 and the victim older than 12 and the victim is incapacitated or unable to resist or uses threats of force Persons under the age of 18 who engage in this type of behavior with a minor who is under 12 can receive a life felony sentence if tried as an adult.
A second degree felony sex crime includes lewd or lascivious molestation of a person younger than 16 but older than 12 by someone who is at least You will be sentenced to a minimum of 51 months in prison and up to 15 years of probation.
They have 48 hours to register when relocating or upon release from custody. Failure to register is a third degree felony. Civil Commitment Florida laws allow civil commitments of sexual offenders who have been released from prison. This permits the state to detain a person who has committed a violent sexual offense to be locked up indefinitely at a civil commitment center. In essence, it is imprisoning a person who has not committed a crime but who poses a substantial risk to the community based on the crime or crimes previously committed and who has served out whatever sentence was imposed.
Sexual offenders who complete their sentence are given a psychological evaluation to determine if they have a personality disorder or abnormality that would predispose them to committing another violent offense. If so, they are sent to a civil commitment center to await a hearing. Hearings may not be scheduled for several years. If found to be dangerous, the offender may expect to spend the rest of their life there unless a future evaluation and hearing determines they no longer pose a risk.