Crimes

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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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Dealing in Stolen Property

Definition of Dealing in Stolen Property The definition of Dealing in Stolen Property is contained in Section 812.019, Florida Statutes. Under the law, the offense occurs where a person sells, transfers, distributes, or otherwise disposes of stolen knowing or having reason to know that the property is in fact stolen. To prove the crime of Dealing…

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Resisting Arrest Without Violence

Definition of Resisting Without Violence Resisting an Officer Without Violence is any non-violent interference directed at a police officer who is acting pursuant to a legitimate law enforcement function. The definition for the offense is contained in Section 843.02, Florida Statutes, which provides: “Whoever shall resist, obstruct, or oppose any [law enforcement or probation] officer or other…

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Sale of Cannabis

Sale of Cannabis: Definition and Penalties In Florida, the sale of marijuana and other controlled substances (cocaine, opium, hydrocodone, oxycodone, meth, etc.) is governed by Section 893.13, Florida Statutes. Under the statute, a sale of marijuana occurs where: the defendant sold a substance, the substance was cannabis, the defendant knew of the presence of the…

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Reckless Driving

Definition of Reckless Driving The crime of Reckless Driving is defined under Section 316.192, Florida Statutes. Under the statute, Reckless Driving consists of two factual elements: The defendant drove a motor vehicle, and The defendant did so with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. See Fla. Std. Jury Instr. (Crim)…

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False Report of a Crime

Definition of False Report of a Crime The definition of False Report of a Crime, or ‘False Police Report,’ is contained in Section 817.49, Florida Statutes. Under the law, it is a criminal offense for a person to willfully and knowingly give false information or make a false report regarding the commission of a crime…

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Open House Party

Definition of Open House Party Under Section, 856.015, Florida Statutes, “a person having control of any residence may not allow an open house party to take place at the residence if any alcoholic beverage or drug is possessed or consumed at the residence by any minor where the person knows that an alcoholic beverage or…

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Child Abuse

Definition of Child Abuse In Florida, the crime of child abuse is defined under Section 827.03(1)(b), Florida Statutes. Criminal child abuse can take three forms, including: The intentional infliction of physical or mental injury upon a child; or An intentional act that could reasonably be expected to result in physical or mental injury to a…

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Habitual Traffic Offenders

Definition of Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) Under Section 322.264, Florida Statutes, a “habitual traffic offender” is defined as any person whose driving record, as maintained by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, shows that such person has, within a five-year period, accumulated: (1) Three or more convictions of any or all of the…

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