I’ve had numerous inquiries about registration requirements for those convicted of felonies within the State of Florida. Many folks, and apparently even some lawyers, believe the registration requirements only apply to those convicted of sex offenses. That is incorrect. Thus, while it is commonly known that certain sexual offenders or sexual predators must register with their local Sheriff’s Office, it is less widely known that there are registration requirements associated with non-sex felony offenses as well.
Florida Statute section 775.13 imposes a registration requirement for anyone convicted of any felony in the State of Florida. That section requires “convicted” felons to register with the sheriff within 48 hours of entering any county within the State of Florida. The required registration includes being fingerprinted and photographed. Furthermore, the registration requirement also applies to anyone convicted of a felony in any state or federal court outside the State of Florida.
Failure to register as a convicted felon in Florida is a second degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 6 months in prison. However, if you’ve been convicted of a gang-related offense and fail to register, that is considered a third degree felony, and is punishable by up to 5 years in prison. Continue reading