Escape in Florida

In Florida, the crime of Escape occurs when a prisoner escapes or attempts to escape from a place of confinement, or when an arrested person who is being transported to or from a place of confinement escapes or attempts to escape from such lawful confinement during transportation. [1]

Penalties for Escape

In Florida, the crime of Escape is classified as a Second Degree Felony punishable by up to fifteen (15) years in prison, fifteen (15) years of probation, and a $10,000 fine.

Escape is assigned a Level 6 offense severity ranking under Florida's Criminal Punishment Code and a judge may sentence a person convicted of Escape to probation, but may also impose a sentence up to the statutory maximum of fifteen years in prison.

Defenses to Escape

In addition to the pretrial defenses and trial defenses that can be raised in any criminal case, a specific defense to the crime of Escape is:

  1. Invalid Arrest

Invalid Arrest

To be convicted of escape, there must first be a valid arrest. But if a person is simply being detained during an investigation, even if they are handcuffed, there is no valid arrest and they cannot be convicted of Escape if they try to flee. [2]

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  1. Florida Statute 944.40
  2. Thomas v. State, 805 So.2d 102 (Fla. 4th DCA 2002)