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While on sex offender probation, do I have to take classes?

Tampa sex crimes attorneys are often asked about required treatment following the conviction of someone regarding a sex crime in Florida, when on sex offender probation. Yes, individuals do have to attend certain classes after being released from jail and/or state prison. Specifically, Florida Statute Section 948.30(1)(c) requires, “active participation in and successful completion of a sex offender treatment program with qualified practitioners specifically trained to treat sex offenders, at the probationer’s or community controlee’s own expense. If a qualified practitioner is not available within a 50-mile radius of the probationer’s or community controlee’s residence, the offender shall participate in other appropriate therapy.”  These classes are available throughout the metropolitan areas of Florida.

It’s critical to point out that enrollment in this therapy is required within 30 days of either being sentenced or released from either the Department of Corrections or a  county jail. If this is not completed, one can anticipate a violation of probation to be filed and for them to be immediately arrested and held without bond.

If you have questions concerning sex offender probation and/or any sex crimes, contact the Tampa sex crimes attorneys of Hackworth Law for a free case consultation. We’ve handled thousands of criminal cases throughout the entire Tampa Bay area and will sit down with you to calculate and determine an effective strategy to ensure your rights are protected. If you would like to contact one of our Tampa sex crimes attorneys immediately, please use the “Contact Us Now” tab in the upper righthand corner of our website. If you prefer to call, we also have operators standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to connect your calls to our Attorneys.  We appreciate you taking the time to check out our Tampa sex crimes attorney blog, and look forward to working with you in the future.