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Unlawful use of laser devices in Florida

On Behalf of | Feb 4, 2022 | Felony Offenses |

If you own or operate a laser device, it’s important to know that you can face felony charges if you use the device unlawfully. A felony is a serious crime that can lead to prison time. There are specific laws governing the use of laser devices that you need to familiarize yourself with to avoid problems with your device.

What is a laser device?

A laser device is a tool that emits a beam of concentrated light. The light may be visible to the naked eye or invisible depending on the type of laser device used. Most laser devices are regulated by state and federal laws because they can pose serious risks if not used properly.

Examples of felonious use of laser devices

Felony charges for using a laser device can arise in several ways. These include:

  • Shining the beam at someone operating a motor vehicle, an aircraft while in flight or a vessel in navigation
  • Shining the beam at an aircraft while it is taking off, landing, taxiing on the ground or being boarded
  • Aiming the beam at an emergency responder such as a police officer, firefighter or paramedic

What are the penalties for felony use of a laser device?

Penalties for felony use of a laser device can include imprisonment, probation and fines. The length of imprisonment and other penalties will vary depending on the specific law violated. For instance, if you shine a laser beam at a car driver and cause a crash, you may be subject to a felony charge with a possible prison sentence of five years.

In general, it’s unlawful to use a laser device in a way that could injure or endanger someone. It’s important to be aware of the risks associated with laser devices and to take precautions when using them.