(174) What is False Impersonation of a Law Enforcement Officer in FL? Michael Haber Miami Lawyer

Thank you for asking me “How do you Impersonate a Law Enforcement Officer in FL?”

F.S. 843.08 makes it a crime for you to hold yourself out to be a law enforcement officer AND, while doing so, to pretend to do something in the capacity of a law enforcement officer.

It is not enough that you wear a shirt or a hat that says “POLICE” or even that you have a badge or a ballistic vest… it is what you do with those items that will differentiate between you exercising of your 1st Amendment right and your committing the crime of Falsely Personating a LEO.

So if I’m wearing my super cool police muscle t-shirt at the supermarket and someone asks me if I’m a cop and I say yes I have not committed a crime. I may be a liar and a BS artist, but I have a 1st Amendment right to go that far. But, if I ratchet it up to the next level by taking any action as if I were a cop – like asking the person for identification, or by trying to conduct a frisk – well then the 1st Amendment line has been crossed and a real cop would be justified in arresting and informing me my other constitutional rights.

Falsely personating a LEO is a 3rd degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in state prison, but if you do so during the commission of a felony (like, for example, you commit a burglary or a robbery while dressed as a cop) then the crime is enhanced to a 2nd degree felony that is punishable by up to 15 years in state prison.

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