What is the penalty for disobeying a police officer in florida

Asked over 2 years ago - Miami, FL

i was told to not panhandle and i came back the next day a caught a charge

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  1. James Regan


    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Did they issue a trespass warning?

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  2. Jalal Shehadeh

    Contributor Level 9


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    Answered . That can be a pretty loaded question.

    In order to answer this, we need to know the circumstances. Generally, disobeying a law enforcement officer without some legal duty requiring you to comply with the officer is not a crime. However, if there is a legal basis to require you to do something (I.e. asking you to stop running when there is a legal basis to arrest or stop you) then you can be charged with Resisting an Officer Without Violence, which is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in county jail.

  3. John Skyler Riordan

    Contributor Level 17


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    Answered . Typically disobeying a police officer in Florida is charged as obstruction or resisting without violence. Both are first degree misdemeanors and punishable by up to 1 year in jail, although the maximum is likely.

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  4. Michael Christopher Grieco

    Contributor Level 14

    Answered . It's a misdemeanor, but here in Miami the case will likely be dismissed, dropped, or closed out to Credit Time Served...not a biggie.

    Question for you: If you own a computer and can ask questions on Avvo, why are you panhandling?

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