Know Against What You Are Fighting In A Sex Offense Case

At Zachary A. Vandyke, P.A., in Panama City, we help individuals who have been accused of or charged with a sex crime, such as sexual assault or date rape. With decades of experience in civilian and military courts, we know how important it is to have someone fight for you and fight hard.

Fines, jail time and offender registration are not the only consequences of a sex crime. If you are in the military, it could mean your career. If you are not a U.S. citizen, it could affect your immigration status. Get a free consultation at 850-851-0864 . Se Habla Español!

What Does Sex Offender Registration Mean, Really?

If you are convicted of a sex offense, you face serious penalties common in other criminal cases. You also face one additional and life-changing consequence: sex offender registration.

The term most likely is not new to you. What you might not know is how often it is used in cases involving a sex crime and what it really means to live with the requirement. There are a few things you should know about sex offender registration so you know why it is important to fight it with our help.

  • You are required to provide much more than your name and address: When you register, you may have to report to the sheriff's office information such as your fingerprints, palm prints, tattoos, birthmarks, email addresses, electronic profile names, immigration status and documentation, photographs, employment address, resident address, passport information, and more.
  • You may not be allowed near certain establishments: You may be prevented from going within certain distances of schools, day cares, parks or other places. Do you have kids? Think about how this can quickly complicate your life.
  • The sex offender registry is available to the public: Neighbors, co-workers, friends, parents at your child's school can all see your name on a public list that is easy to access.
  • The public registry lists your name not the details of your case: Your name could be on the list for something as simple as sleeping with your girlfriend while she was a minor but you just turned 18. The registry only shows your name and leaves the details of the case to imagination.
  • You have to report all moves, even temporary ones: Every time you switch apartments or move to a new residence, you have to report it. In most states, if you plan to reside or work there temporarily, you still have to register.
  • Failing to comply with any condition of registration is a felony: If you forget to report a move within the required time, go too close to a school or violate a restriction against computer use, you could be charged with a felony.

Learn About Your Options In A Free Case Evaluation

You can meet with an attorney at our law firm in a free initial consultation. The lawyer will review your case, answer your questions, and explain your rights and options. Call our office at 850-851-0864 or send us an email with your information, and we will contact you. We represent individuals throughout northwest Florida, including Marianna. Se Habla Español!