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What is the penalty for disobeying a police officer in florida

Miami, FL |

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

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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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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.


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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