Crimes

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Child Neglect

Definition of Child Neglect The offense of child neglect is defined under Section 827.03, Florida Statutes. Under the law, “neglect of child” means “[a] caregiver’s failure or omission to provide a child with the care, supervision, and services necessary to maintain the child’s physical and mental health,” including, but not limited to: Food and nutrition;…

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Expired Tag or Registration

Definition and Penalties for Expired Tag Under Section 320.07(3)(c), Florida Statutes, any person whose motor vehicle tag or registration has been expired for more than six (6) months commits a second degree misdemeanor (punishable by up to 60 days jail), if it is the registrant’s second such violation. Under the current statute, a failure to…

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Worthless Check

Definition of Worthless Check Under Section 832.05(2)(a), Florida Statutes, it is a criminal offense for any person, firm, or corporation to obtain any services, goods, or other things of value by means of a check, draft, or other written order knowing at the time of the issuance of such check that there are insufficient funds on deposit…

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Cultivation of Marijuana

Definition and Penalties: Cultivation In Florida, the growing, cultivation, or manufacture of marijuana (cannabis) is generally governed by Section 893.13(1)(a), Florida Statutes. The statute makes it “unlawful for any person to . . . manufacture . . . or possess with intent to . . . manufacture a controlled substance,” including cannabis. A person who…

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Possession With Intent to Sell

Definition and Penalties Under Section 893.13(1)(a), Florida Statutes, it is unlawful for a person “to sell, manufacture, or deliver, or possess with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver, a controlled substance,” such as cannabis or cocaine. A violation of this section can be classified as a second or third degree felony, depending on the nature…

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Culpable Negligence

Definition of Culpable Negligence As defined under Florida case law and the Florida Standard Jury Instructions, “Culpable Negligence” is a course of conduct showing reckless disregard for human life, or for the safety of persons exposed to its dangerous effects, or such an entire want of care as to raise a presumption of conscious indifference…

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Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Hit and Run)

Definition of Leaving the Scene / Hit and Run In Florida, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, or “hit and run,” is defined as the failure of a driver to remain at the site of a vehicle crash and fulfill other statutory duties, when the crash at issue involves death, bodily injury, or property damage. Statutory…

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Unlicensed Practice of Healthcare Profession

Definition of Unlicensed Practice The crime of Unlicensed Practice of a Healthcare Profession is defined under Section 456.065(2)(d), Florida Statutes. Under the law, it is a felony offense for a person “to practice, attempt to practice, or offer to practice a health care profession without an active, valid Florida license [issued by the Department of…

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Trespass on School Grounds

Definition of Trespass on School Grounds The crime of Trespass on School Grounds or Facilities is defined in Section 810.097, Florida Statutes. Under the law, a trespass occurs where the defendant enters or remains upon school property without authorization or a legitimate business purpose, or where the defendant enters or remains upon school grounds after…

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Discharging a Firearm in Public

Definition of Discharging Firearm in Public The definition of Discharging Firearms in Public is contained in Section 790.15, Florida Statutes. The statute provides as follows: [A]ny person who knowingly discharges a firearm in any public place or on the right-of-way of any paved public road, highway, or street, who knowingly discharges any firearm over the…

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