Florida Sex Offender Registry Removal Lawyer
Being convicted of a sexual offense in Florida almost always results in a person being required to register as a sexual offender with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. This has far reaching ramifications that are not limited to having your name, image and personal information accessible to the public. It also can affect your ability to live in certain places and make it harder to find employment. This registration is for the duration of the person’s life. However, there is a provision in Florida law that allows a person, who meets certain criteria, to petition the court to have their information removed from the Florida Sex Offender Registry.
It is also true that people convicted of certain crimes in other states who move to Florida may have to register as a sex offender in this state even if they no longer have to register in the state in which they were originally convicted. Sometimes, depending on the circumstances, this requirement can be challenged in court.
Florida Statutes, §943.0435(11) sets forth the criteria a registered sex offender must meet in order to ask the court to remove their name, image and personal information from the Florida Sex Offender Registry. Individuals convicted of certain crimes like Sexual Battery and Aggravated Kidnapping do not qualify for removal. Additionally, a registered sex offender must remain crime-free and have completed all sanctions, including any probation, for twenty-five years before they qualify.
The ability to petition the court for removal is not automatic. It is important to retain a qualified lawyer who has experience in this area and who knows and understands the law to give yourself the best chance for success in court.
If you or a loved are required to register as a sex offender in Florida and would like your file reviewed to determine if you qualify for removal from the registry, do not hesitate to call The Law Offices of Gilbert A. Schaffnit at 352-505-1799 . At The Law Offices of Gilbert A. Schaffnit, a Florida Sex Offender Registry Removal Attorney will help you make effective decisions that will greatly impact the outcome of your case. Our offices are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we are fully prepared to provide you with aggressive and reliable legal representation.a