The stigma of being labeled a sex offender or a sexual predator can last a lifetime. Long after an individual has served time, he or she could still face intense scrutiny from neighbors, law enforcement, and prospective employers. There are many consequences of a sex crime conviction in Florida and many of them have a powerful and negative impact on an individual’s quality of life or even his or her ability to earn a livelihood or find a place to live.
Before someone is even convicted of a sex crime, his or her photo will be displayed on news reports, websites, and many other forms of media. Individuals who work in certain fields, such as education, can lose their jobs simply from allegations of a sex crime. If someone is convicted of a sex crime, such as sexual battery, rape, unlawful sexual activity with a minor, lewd acts, lascivious battery, exhibition, or molestation, he or she will face jail time and heavy fines. Additionally, the conviction may result in the creation of a criminal record and mandatory registration as a sex offender. Read the rest »