I enjoy writing these articles, but, I have marketing overlords that demand relevant content. Now, what they mean by “relevant” is, writing to someone who might actually hire me.
This article is my tiny act of marketing defiance, written about homeless folks who are being harrassed by sex offender task forces–and–whom I’m pretty certain cannot afford my services. Yes, I’m virtue signalling within three sentences. Sorry.
So, its hard enough being homeless. And its even harder to be a homeless sex offender. Yes, not many people are going to read past “homeless”, but the good news is that the analysis in our case today applies to most criminal offenses.
Our case for today demonstrates just how difficult it is to prove the felony called “failure to register as a sex offender.” Here are the facts.
Mr. Demus was released from prison in Broward County. He is a sex offender, and sex offenders are required to register with the sheriff and the DMV constantly. When folks are released from prison, for example, they must register their new residence–letting Big Brother know where to find them.
Mr. Demus was arrested several months after his prison release, in Broward County, for failing to register as a sex offender. For those of you unfamiliar with the crime “failing to register”, the state gets two crimes for the price of one. They charged Mr. Demus with (1) failing to report in person to Broward’s Sheriff’s Office within 48 hours of establishing a residence within Broward County, and (2) failing to report to the driver’s license office within 48 hours of any change in his residence. Demus v. State, 2019 Fla. App. LEXIS 15276 (Fla. 4th DCA 2019). Continue Reading