New Criminal Laws in Florida Effect Jacksonville Citizens

On Tuesday, several new criminal laws went into effect in Florida.

Florida Driving Under the Influence – DUI fines will go up from $250-$500 to $500-$1000 for a first offense, from $500-$1000 to $1000-$2000 for a second offense, and on a third DUI, the fine will be between $2000 and $5000.

Florida Drug Crimes – The drug, Salvia, which is a plant from Mexico that is said to cause hallucinations, will be illegal.

Florida Aggravated Battery – If someone is convicted of aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult, they will be facing up to 30 years in prison.

Florida Sex Crimes – If someone 18 years old or older is convicted of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of a Child under 12 for a second time, the sentence is mandatory life in prison.

Florida Drug Crimes – If someone owns, leases, or rents a place knowing it is being used for drug sales or manufacturing, they will face up to 5 years in prison if arrested.

If you have any questions, please contact our Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyers at (904) 634-0900.