From Florida Action Committee:
An excellent case came out of Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeals last week!
An individual who had been charged with a Failure to Register (FTR) had his charges thrown out by the Trial Court (and the Appeals court now agreed) because the statutory language of 943.0435 did not require he register.
You must read the order to get a full appreciation of the magnitude of this decision: Florida v. James
According to the language of the statute, one must be convicted of one of the enumerated crimes and (II) Has been released on or after October 1, 1997, from the sanction imposed for any conviction of an offense described in sub-sub-subparagraph (I). For purposes of sub-sub-subparagraph (I), a sanction imposed in this state or in any other jurisdiction includes, but is not limited to, a fine, probation, community control, parole, conditional release, control release, or incarceration in a state prison, federal prison, private correctional facility, or local detention facility.
James didn’t register, but argued that he wasn’t required to because he had not yet been released from the sanction imposed by his conviction – he still owed money.
This case is potentially ground-breaking for those who are still under sanction for their conviction.
More to come…