Random Criminal Laws in Florida
There are many criminal laws in Florida that you never think about. Here are some of the more random criminal laws in Florida to be aware of:
Smoking in Elevators:
According to Florida Statute 823.12 “it is unlawful for any person to possess any ignited tobacco product or other ignited substance while present in an elevator.” The statute classifies this as a criminal act, a second degree misdemeanor punishable up to 60 days in jail or 6 months on probation. In other words, you light up a cigarette and walk onto an elevator, you can be arrested and placed in jail for 60 days.
Perjury not in an official proceeding:
According to Florida Statute 837.012 it is a crime for individuals “to make false statements, which he or she does not believe to be true, under oath, not in an official proceeding, in regard ti any material matter.” The statute classifies this as a first degree misdemeanor punishable up to 1 year in jail or 1 year of probation. In other words, if you lie in a deposition you can be placed in jail for a year!
According to Florida Statute 849.1 it is a crime to play any game of chance for money. In other words, a local poker game for even small amounts of money is actually criminal. According to the statute, playing poker is a 2nd degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in jail.
Sale of human organs:
According to Florida Statute 873.01 it is a 2nd degree felony, punishable up to 15 years in prison, to sell human organs. In other words, it is LEGAL to donate your kidney to someone, but ILLEGAL to sell that same kidney to that same person.
Many More Random Criminal Laws in Florida:
Florida has a lot of criminal laws that are rarely discussed. We have criminal statutes addressing gambling, building slot machines, abusing dead bodies, selling body parts, messing with graveyards, smoking laws, animal ordinances and violations. If you are curious about your case give us a call and let us show you what we can do for you.