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. 
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
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. 
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