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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


More Information  (Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles)

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  1. kat

    “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!

  2. AlexO

    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.

    • i can't wait to die


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

  3. Lake County

    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.

    • AlexO

      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.

  4. B.Wat

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

    • NoWay

      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 if we had a leader who has a Florida Bar license in our corner, but not every state is not as blessed as California.

      Consider yourselves lucky, but don’t wish any more bad on our stupid state. We have enough to fight against with the politicians making bad laws and regular citizens hating us for just being alive.

  5. Fed up

    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 an OK challenge on DLs

      Yes, there is a challenge on it currently.

  6. g

    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?

  7. Fed up

    Any news on the Oklahoma DL challenge?

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