From a member:
I was arrested when I was 18. It was a sting operation. Non violent, no contact, and consensual.
I was sentenced as a Youthful Offender, withheld adjudication, and 2 years of probation (off in one). The judges’ exact words were “my hands are tied” when he handed me the sex offender label. I was 18.
I am now 25 and planning for my future. I don’t have to tell you how restricted I am, I see it all over your website.
I don’t qualify for Romeo & Juliet because it only covers crimes where there was a victim, not a made-up victim like my case.
I don’t want to waste my life here in Florida. Eventually the laws will change but I’m not waiting around for that day to come.
My question for your committee and its members is: Where can I move to (state or country) that will provide me relief as a Youthful Offender? I’m tired of being constantly paranoid, but this also puts my family at risk.
I appreciate your help!
There is a state-by-state survey that is posted, courtesy of the Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws that you can find HERE:
Florida, as you will see, is one of the most backwards, draconian states.