Game-Changing Florida Criminal Laws Effective October 1, 2023

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At The AP Law Group, we aim to keep you informed about the ever-evolving world of criminal law. As of October 1, 2023, a significant wave of change is sweeping through the legal landscape, implementing new laws and amending laws that profoundly impact various aspects of our lives. Many of these changes center on higher penalties for criminal offenses, such as HB 1047 Offenses Against Certain Animals. Others are new laws, such as HB 319 Interference With Sporting or Entertainment Events. HB 1297 Capital Sexual Battery has garnered significant focus as it introduces a potential death penalty sentence for non-homicidal offenses. These new and amended laws shape the legal framework within which our Florida legal system operates.

 As criminal defense trial lawyers, we stay at the forefront of groundbreaking criiminal laws that affects our clients and the community. We provide insights to help you navigate the intricacies of the recent legal changes. If these new laws impact you, rest assured that we are ready to defend your rights and freedom.

Below is a List of the Latest Crime Bills Signed into Law:

  • HB 67: Protection of Specified Personnel
  • SB 232: Exploitation of Vulnerable Persons: 
  • HB 319: Interference With Sporting or Entertainment Events 
  • HB 329: Electronic Monitoring of Persons Charged with or Convicted of Offenses Involving Schools or Students 
  • HB 331: Liens and Bonds 
  • HB 431: Solicitation of Minors to Commit Lewd or Lascivious Act 
  • HB 825: Assault or Battery on Hospital Personnel
  • HB 1047: Offenses Against Certain Animals
  • HB 1263: Criminal Sentencing
  • HB 1297: Capital Sexual Battery: 
  • HB 1359: Offenses Involving Fentanyl or Fentanyl Analogs
  • HB 1367: Unlawful Dumping
  • HB 1375: Battery by Strangulation
  • HB 1465: Firearm and Destructive Device Offenses 
  • SB 7016: Department of Corrections 

Controversy Surrounding Florida’s New Capital Sexual Battery Law

Perhaps the most debated among the new legislation is HB 1297 Capital Sexual Battery. It allows the application of the death penalty for those convicted of committing sexual battery on children under 12 years. This law requires the approval of at least eight of twelve jurors for the death penalty, with the final determination being made by the judge. In the past, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Florida Supreme Court precedents have banned death sentences for rapists. This new law is drawing much public and legal scrutiny.

 Upon signing the Capital Sexual Battery law, Governor DeSantis stated, “In Florida, we think the worst of the worst crimes deserve the worst of the worst punishment.” Opponents of the law have voiced concerns about religious objections and unconstitutionality in sentencing someone to death for a non-homicidal crime. Aaron Wayt, representing the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, said, “Courtrooms must be a place for justice and not vengeance.” 

Stay Informed, Stay Empowered with The AP Law Group

The implementation of these new and amended crime laws on October 1, 2023, underscores the importance of staying informed and seeking top-rated legal advocacy. With decades of experience as trial lawyers, The AP Law Group stands ready to defend you. We are here to provide tailored solutions and unwavering support in troubling times. Your rights and freedom matter to us; we are here to defend you fiercely.

Get the Legal Representation You Deserve

For more information or criminal defense representation regarding these new or updated laws, contact The AP Law Group online or at (352) 732-9191 to schedule a confidential appointment. Our offices are located in Ocala and Gainesville, Florida. We represent clients in these communities and the surrounding counties.