Crimes

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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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Possession of Burglary Tools

Definition of Burglary Tools Possession Under Section 810.06, Florida Statutes, it is unlawful for a person have in his or her possession any tool, machine, or implement with intent to use the tools, machines, or implements (or allow others to use them) to commit a burglary or a trespass. Required Proof To prove the crime…

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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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Contributing to Child Delinquency

Definition of Contributing to Child Delinquency The offense of “contributing to child delinquency” is defined under Section 827.04, Florida Statutes. Under the law, any person who: Commits any act which causes, tends to cause, encourages, or contributes to a child becoming a delinquent or dependent child or a child in need of services; or Induces…

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Disorderly Conduct

Definition of Disorderly Conduct The definition of disorderly conduct or breach of peace is contained in Section 877.03, Florida Statutes. Under the statute, the offense includes any act deemed sufficient to “corrupt the public morals,” or “outrage the sense of public decency,” or “affect the peace and quiet of persons” who may observe the act. Disorderly…

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Giving False Information / Verification to a Pawnbroker

Definition of False Information / Verification The definition of Giving False Information to a Pawnbroker (also known as False Verification) is outlined in Section 539.001(8)(b)(8), of the Florida Pawnbroking Act. Stated simply, Giving False Information or Verification occurs where a defendant knowingly and falsely verifies that he or she is the rightful owner of property…

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Improper Exhibition of a Firearm or Weapon

Definition of Improper Exhibition The offense of Improper Exhibition of a Firearm or other Weapon is defined under Section 790.10, Florida Statutes. The statute prohibits any person from “having or carrying any dirk, sword, sword cane, firearm, electric weapon or device, or other weapon” and, in the presence of another person, exhibiting the weapon “in…

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