Matthew Scheidt was sentenced to a year in jail after he was convicted of four felonies linked to his impersonation last year of a physician assistant in a hospital emergency room, and later a police officer. The teen was 17 at the time he allegedly worked at the Osceola Regional Medical Center in the emergency room, changing bandages, handling IVs and helping to conduct exams. Scheidt will spend a year under house arrest, followed by eight years’ probation after he is released from jail.
Florida false impersonation laws were created to prevent harm to the person being falsely represented and ensure the honesty of the judicial and governmental scheme. The crime of “False personation,” more commonly referred to as false impersonation, occurs when one falsely assumes the identity of another in order to gain a personal benefit or cause harm to the other person.
In order for one to be considered guilty of falsely impersonation, one must be impersonating a real person and not a fictitious one…even if the individual is deceased. For example, the police arrest one for a Jacksonville minor theft crime. When the officer asks for one’s name, one responds “Shrek”. Because Shrek isn’t a real person, you would not be guilty of false impersonation.
Under Florida Statute 843.08, impersonation of a police officer is a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. However, if the accused has allegedly committed a felony while impersonating an officer, then the charge immediately escalates to a second degree felony which is punishable by up to fifteen years in prison.
However, in a situation like this one might be more likely to face a charge of practicing medicine without a license in Florida. One accused of a crime such as this could be exposed to up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 per charge.
Those accused of practicing medicine without a license usually are arrested because of suspicion of the following conduct:
– Prescribing medication without actually possessing the proper license to do so
– Using any abbreviations that may imply a person is a licensed professional, such
as M.D. or D.O.
– Medically diagnosing a patient
– Delivering any form of medical treatment to someone without holding a valid medical license.
– Providing medical examinations, although lacking the appropriate medical license to be able to legally do so
In the state of Florida, medical procedures can only be conducted by licensed professionals. Anyone that impersonates a doctor or attempts to practice medicine without a license could face a number of consequences, both criminal and civil, depending on the situation.
When one is charged with a criminal offense of this nature, the choices one makes at the beginning of one’s case can greatly impact the direction of one’s case, especially one’s choice of an experienced Jacksonville impersonation crimes defense attorney.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
Additional Sources: Florida Teen Gets A Year In Jail For Impersonating a Health Worker, BayouBuzz.com