Gainesville Sex Offender Registry Lawyer
Experienced Sex Offender Registry Lawyer Representing Clients in Florida
At the Law Offices of Gilbert A. Schaffnit, our Gainesville sex offender registry lawyer offers reliable, respectful, and non judgmental legal guidance and support to clients. We have extensive experience representing clients across a wide range of sex offense cases. If you have questions or concerns about the sex offender registry in Florida, we can help. For a free, strictly confidential consultation with an experienced Florida sex crimes defense attorney, please contact our Gainesville law office today.
What Happens If You Fail to Register for the Sex Offender List in Florida?
There are strict state and federal sexual offender registration requirements. If you were ordered to register as a sexual offender or a sexual predator, you must do so without any unjustifiable delay. Failure to do so is a serious felony offense that could lead to your immediate arrest and imprisonment.
To start, failing to register as a sex offender is a violation of Florida state law. It is a felony offense in Florida. Beyond that, it may also be a breach of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA)—a federal law.
If you fail to register or update your information in a timely manner, you risk facing prosecution. If you believe that you may have violated the sex offender registry requirements or if you have already been charged with failure to register, you need to contact an experienced Florida sex crimes defense attorney right away.
When Can You Get Removed from the Sex Offender Registry in Florida?
Being registered as a sex offender carries serious long-term consequences. It can limit a person’s freedom and employment opportunities. In Florida, people on the sex offender registry may be able to get their name removed—but only when certain criteria are met.
As a starting point, it is important to note that not all convictions are eligible for removal. If you were required to register as a “sexual predator”, there is no legal mechanism for getting your name off of the list.
If you are registered as a sexual offender, you may—eventually—be eligible for removal from the registry. Should you secure a pardon or obtain another type of post conviction relief, you may file a petition for removal of your name. Additionally, if your name was on the list for 25 years and you were not arrested again, you have the right to petition for removal.
Removal for the Registry is Not Guaranteed—You Need a Lawyer
To be clear, even if you are eligible for removal from the sex offender registry, it is not guaranteed. You will get the right to file a petition, but the court does not have to grant it. Instead, the court will review the specific circumstance of your case and determine whether removal is appropriate. By hiring an experienced sex offender registry removal attorney, you will better be able to protect your rights and clear your name.
Call Our Gainesville Sex Offender Registry Lawyer Today
At the Law Offices of Gilbert A. Schaffnit, our Florida sex crimes defense lawyers are committed to protecting the rights of our clients. If you have questions about sex offender registration, we are here to help. To set up a free, strictly private consultation, please contact our legal team right away. With an office location in Gainesville, we serve communities throughout North Florida.