Jacksonville, FL asked in Criminal Law for Florida

Q: I was arrested for Failure to register an internet identifier in Jacksonville FL, However, I did actually register it

When I started using an App, It prompted me to enter my phone number as the username, it then verified my phone number with a pin number texted to me. I figured my phone number was the "Identifier" that I had to register. As such, I registered the App using the phone number as my "Identifier". I was arrested this week and charged with failure to register the username associated with the account as a sex offender. It never even crossed my mind that I had registered it the wrong way. Under Florida Statute, it lists several things that can't be used as an Internet Identifier but a phone number is not one of them. In my eyes, that means it can be used as an identifier because it's not specifically restricted as such.

Am I still in trouble for not registering the correct Identifier if I tried to register the account when I created it? The law is very ambiguous and not clear on what counts as an Identifier. I have a screenshot of where I registered the App they claim wasn't

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Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: It is unclear what, if any, crime you were charged with violating. Florida Statute 815.06 (Offenses against users of computers, computer systems, computer networks, and electronic devices) doesn't seem to apply.

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