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Falsely Impersonating an Officer

Falsely Impersonating an Officer in Florida

As per Florida Statute§843.08, Falsely Impersonating an Officer is an offense in which an individual:

Pretends or falsely assume to be from law enforcement;  

Acts as an authorized law enforcement officer without any qualification 

Aggravating Elements

This crime has 2 enhanceable elements, which, if committed, can increase the applicable penalties. They are

When the felony results in personal injury or death of another individual

When the false impersonation is used to commit a felony crime

In case both elements happen to exist in the case, the crime is enhanced to the status of a felony of the First Degree. In case the 2nd element is found to exist; the crime is enhanced to the status of a Felony of the Second Degree.

Applicable Penalties

This offense is a Felony of the Third Degree within the state of Florida. The court may impose any of these following penalties in any combination: 

Fine not exceeding $5000

Probation period not exceeding 5 years

Imprisonment period not exceeding 5 years

False Impersonation of a Law Enforcement Officer for Committing a Felony Offense 

This offense is a Felony of the Second Degree within the state of Florida. The court may impose any of these following penalties in any combination: 

Fine not exceeding $10000

Probation period not exceeding 15 years

Imprisonment sentence not exceeding 15 years 

False Impersonation of a Law Enforcement Officer for Committing a Felony That Causes Death or Injury 

This offense is A Felony of the First Degree in Florida. The court may impose any of these following penalties in any combination: 

Fine not exceeding $10000

Probation Period not exceeding 30 years

Imprisonment sentence not exceeding 30 years 

Barring any grounds for a downward departure sentence, the court is mandated to sentence a person who has been found guilty of this offense to a minimum imprisonment period of 51 months. An imprisonment sentence not exceeding a statutory maximum period of 30 years may also be imposed on the convict. 

Contact Criminal Defense Lawyer Larry Avallone 

If you've been charged or arrested in the Daytona Beach area, contact Larry Avallone, who is an expert Criminal Defense Lawyer in Volusia County. My initial consultation is free. I am ready to provide legal advice regarding the steps that are to be taken next in your case.

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