Once convicted of a sex crime in Florida, you may face a series of legal repercussions. Depending on your offense, the courts may require you to pay restitution, participate in therapy and spend time behind bars.
Regardless of your circumstances, committing a sexual crime means you will need to register as a sex offender. Understanding the importance of maintaining your registration can help you avoid ongoing penalties for failing to comply with registry laws. Having your name listed on the sex offender registry may influence many areas of your life including where you live.
While your status as a sex offender may influence where you can legally reside, these restrictions increase substantially if your crime involved an underage victim. According to The Florida Senate, under these circumstances, you cannot legally reside within 1,000 feet of the following establishments:
- A primary or secondary school
- A public park
- A playground
- A childcare center
Should you violate this law, you may face felony charges. If the construction of one of these establishments occurs after you have lived in your residence, Florida law does not require you to move so long as you previously met all of the residency criteria.
It is against the law to lie about your sex offender status or neglect to renew your registration. Doing either of these things to acquire more desirable housing can compromise your status. Serious felony charges may further damage your reputation, cause people to lose trust in you and jeopardize your freedom.
Knowing your registry requirements and the registry laws can help you to avoid further consequences. So long as you follow the law and do your best to live as a responsible citizen, you can overcome your past and establish healthy and sustainable relationships with those around you.