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Enhanced Penalties During State of Emergency

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In the wake of Hurricane Ian, it is critical that you remember that in the State of Florida, penalties are enhanced for certain crimes that are committed during a State of Emergency.

Crimes like Contracting without a License, Burglary, Robbery, and Grand Theft, are elevated one degree if committed under conditions arising from the emergency.  For instance, if a gas station is closed due to a hurricane, and you break in to steal money and property, what would normally be third-degree felonies (Burglary of a Structure, Grand Theft) will now become second-degree felonies.

If you have been arrested in Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach for crimes that occurred during a State of Emergency, contact me to discuss your options.