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Jacksonville sex offenderThe Jacksonville city council, in February,  approved changes to a city ordinance that addressed issues of registered sex offenders and holiday celebration.  The purpose of the ordinance is to protect the public.  The idea is the same as the registration requirement for convicted sex offenders; putting the public on notice and allowing sex offenders to be identified.  Failing to register is a crime on its own, and the new changes to Jacksonville’s ordinance have created the possibility of further criminal prosecution for certain actions.  According to FirstCoastNews.com, the changes to Jacksonville’s ordinance were aimed at closing loopholes sex offenders were using to get around certain prohibitions related to holiday celebration.   For instance, the previous version of the ordinance would not allow sex offenders to wear masks for Halloween.  The law did not address the issue of face paint, so registered sex offenders were using face paint to avoid trouble with the law.  Face painting is now prohibited also.

Another gap that was closed was one that allowed sex offenders to, for instance, put up Halloween decorations early on, then remove the decorations by Halloween.  The new amendments enacted in February closed this loophole as well.  Parents are advised to stay vigilant this holiday season while children are trick-or-treating.  The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s (FDLE) sex offender and sexual predator website can be found by clicking here.

Stay safe and have fun.  Happy Halloween!

150902_sex-1485587States, including Florida, often pass laws to protect children.  Statutory rape laws are intended to protect children from being victims of sexual advances by older people.  Florida Statute 794.05, entitled Unlawful Sexual Activity with Certain Minors, makes it a felony for any person 24 years old or older to have have sex with a child that is 16 or 17 years old.  The consent of the minor is disregarded by the law when the defendant 24 or older.  NoBullying.com gives insight into the thought process behind the rule that the minor cannot give consent in the eyes of the law.  Jacksonville criminal defense lawyers can sometimes be a bit flustered by this fact.  Especially when lack of knowledge of the victim’s age is not a defense to prosecution, according to Florida Statute 794.021.

Jacksonville criminal defense lawyers know that sex crimes, like statutory rape, are serious.  Most of the time, a defendant will be required to register as a sex offender.  In certain situations, your Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer may be able to argue that under the facts in your case, registration as a sex offender isn’t required.  One the most common arguments is referred to as the “Romeo and Juliet exception”.  When the defendant and the victim are no more than four years apart in age, the defendant can avoid the registration requirement.

When the victim is under 16, Florida Statute 800.04, which governs lewd or lascivious offenses, comes into play.  Sexual intercourse is not a requirement under this statute. It can be used to prosecute inappropriate touching of children under 16, as well sexual intercourse with children under 16.  The Law Office of David M. Goldman, PLLC has experienced Jacksonville criminal defense lawyers on staff that can help you or a loved one  in your time of need.  Whether you’re looking to simply speak with a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer to know what your legal rights are or if you need a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer to defend you in a criminal case, case us today at (904) 685-1200.  We can help.  Click here to view our Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer Blog for more helpful information.

Trick or Treating is not the same as it used to be. Now added to the list of concerns parents have when trick or treating, is their fear of people designated as sex offenders or predators.

Sexual predators and sexual offenders are different classifications based on certain criteria under the Florida Statutes. Through the Public Safety Information Act of 1997, Florida began listing sexual offender information available through a 24 hour a day hotline and on the Internet. Both sex offenders and sexual predators must register with the Florida department of Law Enforcement and their names, addresses and picture are posted on the sexual offender database.

The holiday of Halloween not only brings special concern to parents but also to offenders. In Florida, there are special requirements on Halloween for sex offenders and sexual predators, such as not being able allowed to display Halloween decorations, distribute candy or leave their outside lights on. However many state restrictions only apply to those individuals who are currently on supervised probation. As a result, many counties have stepped in by imposing different additional requirements on Halloween. These requirements vary by each county and each year there are changes so sex predators and sex offenders need to make sure they know the rules in the county in which they reside.

Jacksonville.com reported that in Duval and Saint johns county during Halloween sex offenders and predators are required to post a sign in their yard stating that they have no candy or treats at this residence, nor can they have on any outside lights or participate in any activities.
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