Does Sex Offender Registration Really Work?

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Does Sex Offender Registration Really Work?

We live in a computer age where with the click of a mouse information is instantly available.  If you want to find out if a sex offender lives near you, it is as simple as going to the Sheriff’s website or going to the State database with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  There is a common misconception about “stranger danger” and most of the public believes that sex offenders troll the streets and neighborhoods looking for kids to kidnap or molest.  This is simply not true.  Most sex offenses are perpetrated by family members or close family friends.  I have been handling sex cases for over thirty years and in all that time as a sex crime lawyer my firm has handled only one case that involved random contact.  In the hundreds of other cases, it has always been a member of the family or trusted friend. “click here” to visit our Probation Violations website

What the sex offender registration really does is make it almost impossible for a registered sex offender to find a place to live, to find a job or to live a normal life.  Once on the list, it is almost impossible to get off and a mistake from a person’s past can haunt them forever.  I often handle cases where people are arrested on technical violations like not registering an email address or not registering a change of address after living years of crime free life.  The truth is that most law enforcement agencies have units assigned whose sole purpose is to find some violation, no matter how slight.  There are thousands of registered sex offenders or sexual predators in Florida and nationwide the number is almost one million.  It is critically important if you have been charged with a sex offense to try and resolve your case in a manner that does not involve registration.  This is particularly true if you are young and have your whole life ahead of you.  With the dramatic increase in Internet Sex Sting prosecutions in Florida more and more young men find themselves having to make tough decisions in resolving their cases.  Almost every day I get calls from young men who took a plea to avoid trial but find themselves unable to find a place to live or get a job.“Click Here” to visit my SEX STING LAWYER website and blog.

There are times when the evidence is overwhelming and you have no choice but to accept a plea to avoid a long prison sentence.  In other situations however the plea may be the result of advice from an inexperienced lawyer who has never or seldom handled a sex offense case.  I have been handling sex crime violations now for thirty years.  No doubt the cases are tough but the consequences are tougher.  Sex offender registration is for all practical purposes a lifetime penalty so if you are in a situation where you have to make a tough decision you really need to understand the consequences and think long and hard before accepting what looks like a good deal.  If you have questions about sex offender registration or probation violations, you can call me Peter D. Aiken in my Sarasota office at 941 366 3506 . Or you can get additional information by visiting www.thesexoffenderdefender.com