Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Minimum and Maximum Penalties for All Misdemeanor Charges

Minimum and Maximum Sentences and Other Fees and Costs for Misdemeanor Charges
Other Than Driving and Boating Under the Influence (For Crimes Committed on or After July 1, 2008 Unless Otherwise Specified)
Misdemeanors of the First Degree:

The below offenses are punishable as follows (unless noted otherwise):
Jail: 0 Days - 1 Year, Fine: $0 - $1,000, Probation: 0 Days - 12 Months

  • Animal Cruelty
  • Assault on Law Enforcement Officer
  • Battery
  • Carrying a Concealed Weapon
  • Contributing to the Delinquency/Dependency of a Child
  • Criminal Mischief (Damage over $200)
  • Culpable Negligence (Inflicting Injury)
  • Driving While License Revoked as Habitual Traffic Offender (2nd or Subsequent Offense)
  • Driving While License Suspended/Revoked (2nd or Subsequent Offense)
  • Exposure of Sexual Organs
  • Fraudulent Proof of Insurance
  • Possession of Cannabis
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Prostitution (2'd or Subsequent Offense)
  • Racing on the Highway — Fine: $500-$1,000; Driver's License/Privilege Suspension: 1Year — Permanent Revocation
  • Racing on the Highway (2nd violation within 5 years of the date of a prior violation that resulted in a conviction) — Fine: $1,000-$3,000; Driver's License/Privilege Suspension: 2 Years —Permanent Revocation
  • Racing on the Highway (3rd or subsequent violation within 5 years of the date of a prior violation that resulted in a conviction) Fine: $2,000-$5,000; Driver's License/Privilege Suspension: 4 Years — Permanent Revocation
  • Reckless Driving (Damage to Property or Person of Another) Refusal to Submit to Testing
  • Resisting/Obstructing Without Violence
  • Stalking
  • Theft (Value of Property Taken More than $100 and Less than $300) Theft (2nd or Subsequent Offense)
Other Offenses
  • Reckless Driving (1st Offense without Damage) — Jail: 0 - 90 Days, Fine: $25 — $500
  • Reckless Driving (2nd or Subsequent Offense without Damage) - Jail: 0 days — 6 Months, Fine: $50 - $1000
Misdemeanors of the Second Degree:

The below offenses are punishable as follows (unless noted otherwise):
Jail: 0 Days — 60 Days, Fine: $0 - $500, Probation: 0 Days - 6 Months

  • All City/Municipal Ordinance Violations (unless designated otherwise)
  • All County Ordinance Violations (unless designated otherwise)
  • Assault
  • Altered Registration License Plate or Validation Sticker
  • Attach Registration License Plate or Validation Sticker Not Assigned Criminal Mischief (Damage up to $200)
  • Culpable Negligence (Exposing to Injury)
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Disorderly Intoxication
  • Driving While License Suspended/Revoked (1st Offense)
  • Driving Without a Valid License
  • Driving While License Revoked as Habitual Traffic Offender (1st Offense)
  • Expired Registration More Than 6 Months (2nd Offense)
  • Failure to Obey Police Officer
  • Failure to Sign Summons/Citation
  • False Report to a Law Enforcement Officer
  • Gambling
  • Leaving the Scene of Accident/Crash
  • Loitering or Prowling
  • Obscene/Harassing Phone Calls
  • Prostitution (1St Offense)
  • Selling Alcoholic Beverage to Person Under 21 Years of Age
  • Possession of Alcoholic Beverage Under 21 Years of Age
  • Theft (1st Offense and Value of Property Taken Less than $100)
  • Trespass (Without notice or warning)
  • Unauthorized Use/Possession of Driver's License/I.D.
  • Unlawful Use of Temporary Tag
Other Sentencing Requirements in All Cases:
  • Court Costs as determined by the Clerk per statute
  • Restitution to the victim for all damage or loss caused directly or indirectly by the defendant's offense, and damage or loss related to the defendant's criminal episode, if any
  • Costs of Prosecution in the minimum amount of $50
  • Investigative Costs if appropriate and ordered by the Court
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