News Release: Florida Senate
PORT ORANGE – Senator Dorothy L. Hukill (R-Port Orange), filed legislation today (SB 550) to combat criminals that cross county lines in Florida to commit felonies. The bill provides for an additional 3rd degree felony to be charged to any offender that commits a felony outside of their county of residence, where they go to school, or are employed. The offender would not be eligible for release on bail until after their first appearance.
Crossing county lines or traveling criminals are a group of individuals that commit felonies with no regard to jurisdictional boundaries. These felonies can include an attempt, solicitation, or conspiracy to commit the following offenses: battery, stalking, kidnapping, sexual battery, lewdness, prostitution, arson, burglary, theft, robbery, carjacking, home-invasion robbery, trafficking in a controlled substance, or racketeering. Law enforcements’ ability to prevent crimes or apprehend offenders is much more difficult when they commit crimes outside of their county of residence.
“Criminals that commit felonies outside of their home county are going out of their way to break the law and make it more difficult for law enforcement,” said Senator Hukill. “We need to provide law enforcement with the tools to make our communities safe for our citizens.”
Representative Charles McBurney (R-District 16) has filed (HB 427) the House companion to this bill.
The bill language for SB 550, Traveling Across County Lines to Commit a Felony, is attached.