Sex Offender Registration…..A Life Sentence
More and more people are being placed on sex offender probation and as a result of being convicted for certain sex offenses become registered sex offenders. Once you are on the list and register, it takes years to get off, if ever. It is for that very reason that as a sex crime lawyer I advise clients to explore every option before pleading guilty to certain sex offenses. Sometimes, if the evidence is overwhelming, you have no choice. In other cases like Internet Sex Stings you should try and get the prosecution to agree to a non sex offense. I have been successful in pleading some clients to alternative charges like attempted child abuse, a non sex offense. Every effort should be made to either win the case or find an alternative charge.
In VolusiaCounty, the recent “Cyber Sex Sting” resulted in 14 more arrests. The recent Cyber child internet stings in Citrus, Manatee and Lake Counties will produce dozens of registered sex offender joining the list of men whose lives will be changed forever. Unlike other crimes, where after you serve your sentence, you can return to society, if you become a registered sex offender the punishment continues almost forever. In every County, the Sheriff has a web site where people can look up sex offenders in their neighborhood. Some “mothers” make it a mission to torture and expose where each and every sex offender lives. There is a common misconception that sex offenders are likely to reoffend. This is simply not true when it comes to the men arrested in the Internet Sex Sting cases. It is also not true when it comes to men who suffer convictions for child porn. The other common misconception is the “stranger danger” myth that sex predators are trolling the streets and playgrounds for kids to molest. The truth is that most sex offenders are relatives or family friends.
There need to be a balance in law enforcement and the system is out of balance. The police are creating crime with the stings. The police are creating “sex offenders” running sting after sting across Florida. As a sex crime lawyer I understand that these men are human beings and in many instances not even remotely “pedophiles”. People like Grady Judd seem to be on a “mission from God” determined to destroy lives rather than prevent, detect and prosecute real crime. It is a lot easier to simply create a crime. Let me hear your views on these “Stings”
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