Florida's Romeo and Juliet Law

Florida has very strict laws with strict and serious punishments when it comes to sex with minors. In 2007, the Florida Senate enacted the Romeo and Juliet law in an effort to address concerns about high school aged kids being labeled as sex offenders or sex predators.

Under Florida Statute 943.04354, this group of sex offenders may petition the court for removal of the registration requirements if they meet certain criteria.

  1. Convicted of a sex offense whether the adjudication was withheld or not
  2. Has no other similar convictions
  3. Not more than 4 years older than the victim
  4. Victim is aged 13 to 17
  5. Registration is required only because of the offense charged and there are no other charges requiring registration

Relief under the Romeo and Juliet law is completely discretionary.  This means that although you may qualify for relief under the law, the judge does not necessarily have to grant it. Pre-trial negotiations are extremely important and it is imperative that you are properly represented throughout the process.

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You may have been accused of a sex crime, but that does not mean you are guilty. If you feel like you may qualify for relief under the Romeo and Juliet law, call our office immediately and we can discuss whether you may seek relief from having to register as a sex offender.  Because of the complexities of sex crime charges and the age of the minor involved in the allegations, it is imperative that you speak with an experienced sex crimes lawyer right away.

If you or someone you know has been accused of a sex offense in Pinellas County or the Tampa Bay area, it is very important that you contact an experienced sex crimes attorney immediately. Our team of attorneys, investigators and experts are highly experienced in defending sex crimes and will begin building your defense today.

Contact us for a free analysis of your case at our local office located in Clearwater, Florida. Contact Powers Sellers & Finkelstein, PLC today at 727-531-2926 to learn about your legal options if you are a registered sexual offender in Florida.

*Note- We do not handle cases that originated outside the State of Florida 

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