People who have been convicted of a sex crime may face some of the most difficult challenges of any criminal offender after they have completed their sentences. Unlike people convicted of drug offenses, theft or even violent crimes, men and women convicted of sexual misconduct often are required to register as a sex offender; and they may be required to do so for the rest of their lives.
The requirement to register as a sex offender in Florida can be devastating to a person's reputation and family. It can affect where a person lives and what kind job they can find, and being a registered sex offender can make it nearly impossible to re-engage in a community. This can be the case whether people have been convicted of possessing child pornography or they had a consensual relationship with a minor just a year or two younger than they were. The consequences of a conviction can follow a person around for the rest of his or her life, and if a bill that was recently proposed is passed in Florida, these consequences could get even worse for people who try to escape the situation.