What is the difference between a sexual predator and offender?

A sexual predator is a sexual offender who has been designated a predator by a court order after being convicted of a serious sex crime. Predators are those who have been convicted of a first-degree felony sex crime or multiple second-degree felony sex crimes.

Some of these offenses may include: 

  • human trafficking;
  • kidnapping;
  • video voyeurism; and
  • sexual battery charges.

In Florida, both sexual predators and offenders must register as sexual offenders with the state.

Information That Must Be Registered by Offenders and Predators

Both offenders and predators are required to register with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement or the local sheriff’s office. Failure to do so could result in additional criminal penalties.

The following are just some of the types of information that are included in a sexual offender or predator’s registry: 

  • name and any aliases;
  • birth date;
  • gender;
  • sex;
  • race;
  • height and weight;
  • eye and hair color;
  • telephone number;
  • residential and work addresses; and
  • information about the crime.

In addition to the identifying information, a picture must be included. All information is available to the public, and registered offenders or predators are required to maintain registration for the rest of their lives.

Juveniles may also have to register if they were convicted as an adult for a qualifying sexual offense, or if the juvenile was adjudicated delinquent after June 30, 2007 for a qualifying offense and was at least 14 years old when committing the crime.

Both adults and juveniles in Plantation and throughout South Florida may consult an attorney if facing charges requiring registration as a sexual predator or offender.