What Is The Law On Compounding A Felony In Florida And What Are The Punishments For It?
What comes to mind when you think of Florida? Beautiful beaches, men wearing Hawaiian shirts and lying on the beaches all day, or the party never-ending in Florida? There is also another part that the movies show quite often. That is drug abuse and criminal gangs in Florida. But Florida is much more than that it is the fourth-largest economy in the USA. It is the eighth most densely populated although it the 22nd largest state in the USA.
It is not a surprise that the Miami metropolitan area is the most densely populated area in Florida. Florida can itself be considered the 15th biggest economy in the entire world. The average per capita income of the people of Florida is around $47,700. People have a lot of cash in their hands. This surely helps the drug cartels in the state. According to the latest report, the following number of crimes are reported each year on an average in Florida: 1000,400 Burglary, 1200 Murders, 410,350 Larceny and Theft, 20,720 rapes, 888,000 violent crimes, property crimes 550,000. These statistics may frighten you but the good news is that the crime rate in Florida shows a gradual decline.
All the above-mentioned crimes are serious criminal charges and felonies. Do you know willingly deciding not to prosecute these crimes in exchange for some personal, fiscal gain is also considered to be a criminal offense? This act is known as compounding of a criminal felony.
It is the act of accepting compensation from an aggrieved person in exchange for an agreement with a criminal, or a felon not to suppress evidence against them or prosecute them. Compounding can mean an agreement, settlement, or mutual understanding to hide some form of illegal activity. While compounding a felony is a criminal offense in itself, compounding a misdemeanor is not considered to be a crime. It only goes against public policy or the social code of ethics.
Compounding a felony as a crime is categorized as a misdemeanor in most states or jurisdictions around the world. Typically the punishment for this is a prison sentence for less than one year. Don’t let this make you think that it is not a serious crime. It is considered to be an extremely severe crime under court of law and it is recorded in the permanent records of the victim.
Imagine if you know your brother called a man but you decide not to report this to the law enforcement officers in an exchange of your brother's Ferrari and a bag full of cash then you are committing the act of compounding a felony. On the other hand, if you make a deal with a robber to get back your property but do not promise that you will not press charges are bringing it to the attention of the legal authorities then you are not committing compounding of a crime.
The Florida Statutes on Compounding a Crime
The laws for compounding a felony is given under statute number 843.14 Florida Statutes under Chapter 843. Obstructing Justice, of Title XLVI of the Florida Criminal Code.
In Florida compounding of a Felony is Defined as the following:
Any person who knows of a crime committed that is punishable by imprisonment or a death sentence does not report the authorities or helps in criminal prosecution, instead hides or disrupts the course of justice, in exchange for or as an agreement to get some benefit or something of fiscal value then that person can be charged with or convicted for compounding of a felony in Florida.
In Florida any person who is guilty of compounding of a felony commits a misdemeanor of the first degree; that is punishable by imprisonment for up to one year along with or instead of a fine of up to $500.