Crimes

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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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Battery on a Police Officer

Definition of Battery on a Police Officer The crime of Battery on a Police Officer / Law Enforcement is defined under Section 784.07, Florida Statutes. Under the statute, Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer occurs where: The defendant intentionally touches or strikes a police officer / law enforcement officer against his or her will or…

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Employee Theft

Definition of Employee Theft In Florida, crimes constituting “employee theft” are defined in Section 812.014, Florida Statutes. As applied in Section 812.014, theft by an employee occurs where: The employee knowingly and unlawfully takes or attempts to take the property of an employer; and The employee does so with the intent to temporarily or permanently deprive…

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Tampering with Evidence

Definition of Evidence Tampering As defined under Section 918.13, Florida Statutes, tampering with evidence occurs when a person alters, destroys or conceals a record or physical evidence with the intent to impair the use of that evidence, while he or she is aware that an investigation or criminal proceeding is underway or about to be…

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Aggravated Battery

Definition of Aggravated Battery The crime of Aggravated Battery is defined under Section 784.045, Florida Statutes. Under the law, Aggravated Battery occurs where a defendant intentionally touches or strikes another person and, in doing so: Intentionally or knowingly caused great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement to the alleged victim; or Used a deadly…

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