Laser pointers can emit powerful light that travels large distances. While these devices are often used for entertainment, they can be dangerous when someone acts irresponsibly.

You could face serious criminal charges for the illegal use of laser pointers in Wellington. In these cases, one of our hard-working criminal defense Attorneys at Leifert & Leifert can help you understand your rights and build a solid defense.

Defining Laser Pointers in Florida

Florida law does not ban laser pointers or restrict who can have one, but it does prohibit certain uses. Specifically, Florida Statutes § 784.062 criminalizes directing a “laser lighting device” at certain people and objects.

This type of device is defined as any handheld item that emits a beam meant to point out or highlight something. However, this statute does not apply to laser sights on firearms.

Low-Level Laser Pointer Consequences

It is illegal to shine a laser beam on a Law Enforcement Officer in a way that would reasonably make them believe that a firearm is aimed at them. This law is designed to protect police from falsely assuming they are in danger and is classified as a noncriminal violation punishable by a maximum fine of $500 under § 775.082.

While this offense might seem trivial, other illegal uses of a laser pointer in Wellington come with even harsher penalties. When accused of this crime, it is imperative you seek legal advice from a defense lawyer at Leifert & Leifert.

High-Level Penalties Involving Laser Pointers

Directing lasers as vehicles, including cars, vessels, or planes, is a significant and dangerous action prohibited by State statute, with much greater consequences. Under § 784.062, using a beam in this manner is considered a third-degree Felony, which is punishable by a prison sentence of up to five years and a maximum fine of $5,000 under § 775.082 and § 775.083.

When Lasers Cause Injury

Penalties increase in severity when directing a beam at a motorist causes an accident and injury. If this action results in bodily harm, the violation becomes a first-degree Felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000 under § 775.082 and § 775.083.

Even when you face charges involving illicit laser pointer use, Wellington legal counsel can fight on your behalf. It is worth noting that the statute requires the intention to point the beam, meaning you cannot be convicted for an accidental activation. Additionally, in injury cases, your lawyer can use evidence to prove that pointing the laser itself did not cause harm and other factors were at play.

Learn More About Wellington Illegal Use of Laser Pointers Today

Using a laser pointer is not a crime, but when others are put at risk of danger it can be criminal. Knowing the difference can help you defend yourself against charges, something our team can help you with.

Having the advice and guidance of a lawyer is the best way to prevent punishment for the alleged illegal use of laser pointers in Wellington. Our dedicated Attorneys at Leifert & Leifert can fight on your behalf to get the best possible results. Call our office to schedule an initial, free consultation today.

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