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FL: Retired Officer Opposes Sex Offender Designation on New Florida Licenses

Shalimar, Florida’s WEAR ran a story on the newly designed Florida driver’s licenses. One surprising opinion about the new license came from a retired parole officer, who commented on the sex offender designation on licenses for those registered. Here’s what he had to say:

The new license turns heads in Okaloosa County; including Don Gatchell’s. He’s a retired parole officer with the state of Florida who worries an old, but remodeled feature – a mandatory sexual offender identification on the card – may be too much.

“My honest opinion now that I have been out of it for 10 years, retired, I think we’re overdoing it with the sex offenders. I mean, I know there are some guys out there, sex offenders, that are bad, but not all sex offenders are bad. You got people out there who are on probation for underage sex for example,” Gatchell said. He worries the ID will cause unnecessary prejudice in the lives of those impacted


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“I think we’re over-doing it with sex offenders”
Ah, that’s putting it mildly!
But I give the retired parole officer credit for speaking up!

Wow, how has this not been challenged and struct down yet? This is just short of having to wear the Star of David on the outside of clothing, in full public view.


but it is Florida so the ACLU will let the state of Florida piss all over them!

Very soon CA must become Real ID complaint too. That will mean new a DL or ID card for everyone in the state. Maybe CA will decide to mark all of our ID’s with Sex Offender also. I hope someone in Floridah challenges these markings soon.

If they try doing that here, Janice will be more than all over that. This is a scarlet letter in every sense. I’m very surprised it has reached this level in Florida, even for them.

I wish Hurricane Harvey would have hit Florida, instead of Texas!

No thank you……..we in Florida have enough to go through with the sex offender restrictions and the rest of the BS unconstitutional laws. If that hurricane hit Florida….hundreds if not thousands of us would be out of a residence, just like our people in Miami. You see…….we don’t have (a Janice) fighting in our corner. We have to pool our money together through FAC and they hire lawyers to fight cases they want to take on. And it’s damn hard to give away money that you have so little of when you don’t have a regular job. Would be nice… Read more »

Here in Oklahoma sex offender is already on the DL. I believe there is a challenge already in place in the 10th circuit court.

Yes, there is a challenge on it currently.

The previous license has the florida statute in small print at the bottom as the mark (it is bad, but at least it does not scream “sex offender”). Is the new license any different?

Any news on the Oklahoma DL challenge?

No, but you can check here:

Summertime is a slow court time

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