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Jessica Lunsford Act and Sex Crime Charges in Miami

What Is the Jessica Lunsford Act?

The Jessica Lunsford Act was passed in 2005. The law was passed and signed into law by then-governor Jeb Bush in response to the tragic murder of Jessica Lunsford in Homosassa Springs, FL. This law applies to those who have access to schools and school campuses and increased penalties for certain sex crimes against children, as well increasing the ongoing law enforcement scrutiny regarding where they live.

With regard to those involved in schools, any non-instructional personnel that are employees of the school district or contracted by the school district that are allowed on school ground when students are present are subject to Level 2 background screening described in § 1012.32. Those that fall into this category include vendors, individuals, or any entity that is currently contracted to the school board.

The Impact of Jessica's Act on Sex Crimes Defense

The law was passed to protect children at school from harm from any person that could be dangerous that is under contract to perform any service and are present on school grounds. The law is also left up to local school boards to determine certain aspects of who they will or will not hire.

It also affects those who have been convicted of a sex crime to report in person to the Sherriff's office in their County. If they fail to report the address at which they currently reside, they will be charged with a 3rd degree felony, and face immediate incarceration. The law also provides for heavier sentencing for sex crimes involving children which have been implemented since the passage of the law.

The impact of this law upon those who have been convicted of a sex crime is extensive. Local state attorneys, clerks and the Department of Corrections track those that have been arrested, prosecuted and sentenced in a sex crime. If it is discovered that they failed to register as a sex offender and have not provided their current address to the authorities could be facing a felony charge and time in state prison.

Don't Wait to Enlist a Proven Miami Defense Lawyer

If you are accused of a crime that falls under this law, it is crucial that you contact a Miami sex crime attorney Michael Mirer at once. With a background as a n Assistant State Attorney for Miami-Dade County, he is well-versed in Jessica's law and how it could affect your case. Defending against charges of a sex crime involving children should only be done by a proven sex crime defense lawyer. The firm can help. You are urged to contact them at once.

Contact a Miami sex crime defense lawyer from the firm today.

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