Governor Ron DeSantis has gained national attention for his unwavering commitment to tackling crime in Florida. Since assuming office in 2019, Governor DeSantis has implemented a series of measures aimed at making Florida safer and reducing criminal activity. With a strong emphasis on public safety, some Floridians believe he has taken a pragmatic approach to addressing the complex issues surrounding crime, focusing on law enforcement support, judicial reform, and community-based initiatives.
While proponents of tough-on-crime policies believe this approach is necessary to maintain law and order, critics argue that a more comprehensive and nuanced approach is needed to address the complexities of crime and the underlying causes, such as poverty, lack of education, and limited access to mental health services. Opponents further argue that tough-on-crime policies prioritize punishment over rehabilitation. The focus on harsh sentencing and increased incarceration rates perpetuates a cycle of crime and recidivism.
Recently, Governor DeSantis stated that Florida has a fifty-year low crime rate, one of the driving forces for people who relocate to the Sunshine State. To further his stance on public safety, he signed into law three anticrime bills on May 1, 2023:
- House Bill 1297—This law imposes the death penalty for an adult that commits sexual battery upon a child under twelve years of age or who injures the sexual organs of a child in an attempt to commit sexual battery. This crime is charged as a first-degree felony.
- House Bill 1359—This law imposes additional penalties for those who sell, manufacture, or deliver fentanyl that looks like a food product to attract children. It can be in the form of candy, cereal, gummies, vitamins, gum, or a cartoon character imprinted on it. Offenders can face a life sentence, with a minimum of 25 years in prison and a one million dollar fine.
- House Bill 1527—This law limits a judge’s discretion when setting a bond amount. A judge is prohibited from setting bonds at a lower amount than is on the uniform statewide bond schedule. However, they can set bonds higher. In addition, this law prohibits an alleged offender from being released before their first appearance in court if arrested for a particularly violent or heinous crime.
The AP Law Group Fights to Protect Your Future
If you or a loved one is facing Florida state or federal misdemeanor or felony charges, Attorney Tania Alavi and Attorney Andrew Pozzuto are ready to help you. As seasoned Florida criminal defense attorneys, we play a crucial role in defending against the harsh implications of tough-on-crime laws. With a deep understanding of the legal system, we use our knowledge to challenge the prosecution’s case to protect your rights.
Our legal team thoroughly analyzes the evidence, scrutinizes police procedures, and explores potential constitutional violations to build strong defense strategies. Additionally, we leverage our knowledge of alternative sentencing options, diversion programs, and plea negotiations to advocate for reduced charges or penalties.
By providing you with personalized guidance, strategic counsel, and a relentless commitment to your best interests, we navigate the complexities of the legal system and work towards achieving the most favorable outcome possible, even in the face of stringent tough-on-crime laws.
Contact Attorney Tania Alavi and Attorney Andrew Pozzuto at The AP Law Group, to schedule a confidential appointment at our Gainesville or Ocala, Florida, office. Call today at (352) 732-9191 to learn how we can find solutions for your legal challenges.