Part 14 of Criminal Definitions

Smuggling – The crime of importing or exporting illegal items.

Sobriety Checkpoint – Many times in Jacksonville, JSO will set up a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) checkpoint at various areas around town. The police set up a roadblock to detain drivers in order to determine if they are impaired. The Jacksonville police must follow specific guidelines when conducting these checkpoints. Often, they are set up at the base of Jacksonville’s intercoastal bridges, including Atlantic Blvd. and Beach Blvd.

Statute – Laws passed by the Florida legislature. Every crime has its own statute number.

Statute of Limitations – A time limit for prosecuting a crime based on the date the incident occurs. The reason we have this is to require the government to diligently prosecute known crimes while evidence is reasonable available and fresh.

Subpoena – A court order commanding the appearance of a witness in a criminal case.

Subpoena duces tecum – A subpoena ordering not only the witness to appear, but to also bring specified records.