My son plead no contest (adjudication withheld) to the 3rd degree felony charge of electronic transmission of material harmful to minors (F.S. 847.0138(2)) as a result of an online sex sting that was conducted through a legal, adult dating website. He was sentenced to probation. Since then, we've learned that despite him not being a "convicted" felon, he will still have to register as a sex offender in Florida for life. Are there any states in America where he could live that would not require him to register with that state's public registry for that charge?
All US states have some form of sex offender registration. In my experience, the only way to avoid registration is to move to a country that does not bother with this sort of thing.
Almost every state has some sort of reciprocal provision requiring registration for persons adjudicated sex offenders in other states. I would suggest hiring an attorney who has access to a legal internet search engine and can check each state you wish to reside in. From there, contact an attorney licensed in that state.
You have asked this question, not about FL law, but about the law in all other states. I suppose you will have to contact a criminal defense attorney in each state to find out.
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If you are required to register as a sex offender in Florida, most other states have reciprocal laws that will require you to register in that state.
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