In most cases those that have been convicted of a sex related crime must include their name on a public registration system once the case has concluded. This system is periodically updated and the offender will have to continuously provide updated information to ensure that the data included in the registry is accurate. Any changes to one’s address, place of employment, or vehicle will also have to be reported. Failure to meet these requirements can result in fines, incarceration, and additional forms of punishment. If you or a loved one have been charged with failing to register as a sex offender in Florida then it is crucial that you retain an attorney immediately. Omar Abdelghany is a Panama City criminal defense lawyer who handles such matters. Contact our office today if you require assistance.
Lawyer helping Panama City defendants who fail to register as a sex offender or to update their information
The state of Florida requires that those convicted of a sexual offense to register with state agencies. Such persons must also update the registry of any changes to their address, place of employment, etc. These requirements also apply to those who were convicted of a sexual crime in a state other than Florida. The length of time for which one must keep their registration up to date can range from a short period to the remainder of their lifetime. Failing to register, or knowingly providing false information during registration, can lead to third degree felony charges and will carry a sentence of up to five years. These potential penalties can increase to ten years for repeat offenders. These penalties are in addition to those for any other charges which the defendant may be facing.
Allegations of failing to register are often brought in conjunction with other criminal charges or in proceedings for the revocation of probation. The first step for an attorney is to confirm that the prior conviction was one which actually required the accused to register. In matters where the state alleges that the accused failed to update their address after moving, it is the state’s burden to prove when the defendant actually moved. It may be possible for a defendant to defend against allegations of failing to register. It is also possible for counsel to work out a resolution. If you or a loved one faces such allegations then it is important to seek representation immediately.
Omar Abdelghany is a Panama City lawyer assisting those who either fail to register as a sex offender or to maintain their current registration. He will review all available public records, prior to your initial consultation, so that he may gain a better understanding of the situation. Since these types of cases are typically paired with other proceedings, he will take the steps necessary to provide the most effective representation possible. This is true whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor, a felony, or a federal offense. Our firm understands that you are facing a serious situation. We will give your case the attention it deserves.
Attorney in Panama City personally handling failure to register cases
Facing criminal charges is a serious matter. The last thing you should be worried about is if you will be able to get in contact with your lawyer. Omar will personally handle the details of your case from beginning to end. He prides himself on providing a high level of service. This service includes promptly returning phone calls, messages, and providing regular attorney-client communication. Contact our office today for assistance.
Omar also serves clients in the Bay County cities of Callaway, Lynn Haven, and Panama City Beach as well as Calhoun County residents in Blountstown, Holmes County residents in Bonifay, Gulf County residents in Port St. Joe, Okaloosa County residents in Destin, Jackson County residents in Marianna, and Washington County residents in Chipley. He is also licensed to practice in federal court before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.