How Sex Offenders Are Tracked In Palm Beach County
Registered sex offenders are being watched closely all around the country. Florida’s Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is cracking down this week and locating registered sex offenders to make sure they are accounted for.
According to WPTV News Channel 5, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and US Marshals are teaming up and cracking down on sex offenders in Palm Beach County. Law enforcement officers have been tracking and verifying the whereabouts and activities of over 100 sex offenders for two days.
The purpose of the sweep is to make sure that sex offenders are accounted for and and away from children, according to Rochelle Ritchie of WPTV News.
Detective Larry Wood, a detective for the sex offender unit at the sheriff’s office stated:
The purpose of the sex offenders laws is to know where sex offenders are.
There are over 900 registered sex offenders in Palm Beach County. Ever since the US Marshals began cracking down on registered sex offenders, the number of fugitive sex offenders has been lowered by 64% since 2008, according to the article.
Sex Offender Law
Florida Law requires sex offenders and sexual predators to register their address with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement or the local Sheriff’s office.
If you are a sex offender or sexual predator registered with the state, every move you make is watched and closely monitored. You are restricted in everything you do, who you meet, and how you live. All of your information is made public and available to anyone who requests it. A criminal defense lawyer can help you understand exactly how restricted you will be after release.
Some registered sex offenders have to follow the following terms and restrictions:
A mandatory curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. An alternative may be recommended by the Department of Corrections.
If the victim was under the age of 18, the offender is prohibited from living within 1,000 feet (measured by a straight line) of a school, day care center, park, playground, or other place that is commonly populated with children.
Active participation in and successful completion of a sex offender treatment program.
A prohibition on any contact with the victim, directly or indirectly, including a third person, unless approved by the victim, the offender’s therapist, and the sentencing court
If the victim was under 18, no contact is allowed with anyone under the age of 18 unless specified by the court after a risk assessment.
Contact a criminal defense lawyer to help you understand the ramifications of committing a sex offense. The consequences can be severe and it is important to have a criminal defense attorney on your side.