Sexual Offender Registration

If you qualify under Florida law as a sexual offender or sexual predator, you are required to register with the state for life. The only way you can abstain from registering as a sexual offender or predator is to have the conviction set aside through a hearing that removes any qualifications as a predator or offender, or receive a full pardon for the conviction.

On July 1, 2007, the Florida registration law was amended to disallow anyone from petitioning the court to have a sexual predator or offender status removed from their record for any other cause than those stated above. This is in accordance with the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.


However, in accordance with federal standards, a person required to register with the state as a sexual offender may still request that registration requirements be removed from their record if they meet the following criteria:

  • Offender must have been out of confinement, supervision or sanction (probation) for a minimum of 25 years. This is from the very last date of any type of interaction with the law.
  • Offender may not have been arrested for any type of felony or misdemeanor during that 25 year period. This applies to all types of law, not just sexual offenses.

If these criteria are met, the offender has the right to petition the Circuit Court in their area for a removal of the designation. The State Attorney Office must be notified of the hearing date at least three weeks prior to the event. The court, under the guidelines of the Federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act does not have to grant petitioner their request.

If you are required to register in Florida as a sexual predator or offender because of an act committed outside of the state, you are required to remain registered for life or until your designation has been lifted in the other state.

Talk To A Sex Crimes Attorney

If your designation has been lifted, you must provide proof to the FDLE that you are no longer considered a sexual offender or predator in the state of conviction.  If you have any other questions about such laws pertaining to these circumstances, please call the sex crime attorneys at The Umansky Law Firm today at (407)228-3838.