Florida cracks down on thuggish petty criminals

DeSantis signed a bill tackling small retail theft, which obviously demolish downtowns and collectively undermine civilization. Forget useless corporate media.

Click Orlando covered the story under the headline, “‘Hell to pay:’ New Florida law cracks down on retail theft, porch pirates.

Unlike blue states, Florida is cracking down on small-dollar crimes, under the “broken windows” theory pioneered by New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, which correctly posits that ignoring small crimes emboldens criminals to commit more serious crimes.

Florida’s new law expands penalties for retail theft including:

  • “Gangs of thieves,” where criminals shoplift in groups of five or more people (third-degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison).
  • Gangs of five or more who use social media to solicit others to join in shoplifting sprees (second-degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison).
  • Shoplifting with a firearm or with two or more prior shoplifting convictions (first-degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison).
  • Applying felony charges to multiple shoplifting crimes committed within a four-month period (increased from 30 days).
  • “Porch piracy,” or the theft of property worth less than $40 (first-degree misdemeanor, increasing to a third-degree felony on the second occurrence). Theft of property worth over $40 or more is now a third-degree felony.

It seems like it might already be working:

Maybe that kind of thing works in San Francisco or Chicago, but not in Florida. In Florida, lax shoplifting laws are not any kind of stealth reparations.

As unlikely as this seemed in 2019, Florida — now dark red with a +1 million Republican voter advantage — continues leading the nation in preserving freedom, honor, and perhaps civilization itself.

Jeff Childers

Jeff Childers is the president and founder of the Childers Law firm. Jeff interned at the Federal Bankruptcy Court in Orlando, where he helped write several widely-cited opinions. He then worked as an associate with the prestigious firm of Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman in Orlando and Winter Park, Florida before moving back to Gainesville and founding Childers Law. Jeff served for three years on the Board of Directors of the Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Eighth Judicial Bar Association, and on the Rules Committee for the Northern District of Florida Bankruptcy Court. Jeff has published several articles as co-author with Professor William Page of the Levin College of Law (University of Florida) on the topic of anti-trust in the Microsoft case. He also is the author of an article on the topic of Product Liability in the Software Context. Jeff focuses his area of practice on commercial litigation, elections law, and constitutional issues. He is a skilled trial litigator and appellate advocate. http://www.coffeeandcovid.com/


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