Impersonating an Officer in Florida

A woman from South Florida was charged with impersonating a federal agent. She would attend churches in Hialeah, Florida and target undocumented citizens who had hopes of becoming a U.S. citizen. She would tell them that she was a Federal Immigration Agent, as well as the Head Supervisor for the South Florida Immigration Department and that she was able to help expedite their process of becoming an American citizen. She was given over $15,000 from different people. As a result, she faces charges including grand theft and impersonating a federal officer.

The crime of Falsely Impersonating an Officer is a Third Degree Felony in FL and is punishable by up to 5 years in prison, 5 years of probation and a $5,000 fine.

The law offices of Michael B. Cohen can help you understand more about false impersonation, the penalties that come with the conviction and the best defenses to fight the charges.

Florida law also prohibits the unlawful use of badges or other indications of authority, and a violation of this provision is a first-degree misdemeanor. Unlawful use of badges usually means visibly wearing a police or other law enforcement badge. The law also prohibits wearing any clothes that show the words police, deputy, sheriff along with other official positions with the intention to deceive someone. If the prosecution can not prove the defendant wore the badge or clothing with the intention to deceive then the case will be dismissed. So in other words, wearing a police Halloween costume isn’t enough to arrest and charge someone. Being accused of impersonating an officer can have serious penalties. That is why it is important that you have someone who will work hard to defend your freedom.

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At Michael B Cohen Law, our priority is making sure that you receive the best legal representation for your federal crime cases. You can schedule a free consultation with us today and learn about your options and ways in which we can help you and your future.

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