What is it about Florida? Some of the craziest stories come from Florida, most involving criminals (and their hilarious mugshots). And those enforcing the law in the great Sunshine State are not exempt from strange and downright unbelievable actions.
Judges sit at the top of the criminal justice hierarchy, and for judges in Florida, they hold the power of sentencing some of the most creative and stupid criminals known to man. And for those people, the oddity of their crimes is reflected in the oddity of their sentencing. Judges in Florida sentencing criminals to weird punishments is sadly more common than you'd think. These weird Florida sentences range from the practical to the absolutely absurd. So before you think of committing a crime, you might want to take a peek at these funny sentences by Florida judges before booking your ticket.
Traffic Criminals Are Required To Write 500 Words Reports On People Who Died In Accidents
Rather than simply punish those who have committed road traffic offenses, Judge Carmine Bravo wants to actually educate drivers with infractions. The Seminole County judge often asks defendants to write essays about people who have been killed in traffic accidents. These 500-word articles have to be researched, with the criminals visiting memorial spots, getting hold of accident reports, and finding out about crash victims. He hopes this teaches them more about road safety and gives them a better perspective of the consequences that dangerous driving can bring.
Teen Drivers With Bad Records Are Required To Create Scrapbooks And Get Good Grades
One court in Florida decided to take a new approached to educating young drivers after they realized fines weren't working. Rather than give them the ordinary sentence, Judge Louis H. Schiff had them create scrapbooks about road traffic accidents from newspaper clippings and had them raise their grade-point average. He then kept these scrapbooks for other defendants to go through while they are in court waiting for their own traffic infractions.
Teen Convicted Of Vehicular Homicide Had To Send A Weekly Postcard To His Victim’s Family
In 2009, then-19-year-old Andrew Gaudioso and his friend Thomas Towers, an Iraq war vet, were driving in the Tampa Bay area when they crashed. Gaudioso had drugs in his system at the time of the crash, and was held responsible for the crime. He was charged with vehicular manslaughter and expected to get a jail sentence. However, the parents of Towers petitioned for a different sentence, which the judge later granted. Rather than spend time behind bars, Gaudioso went on probation, was banned from driving, and would have to send a postcard to the family every week for 15 years as a way of reminding him of what he had done.
One Judge Publicly Shamed Petty Criminals
One judge in Bradford County, FL, took a novel approach to punishing petty criminals by giving them really unique sentences. Most boiled down to some form of to public shaming where the perpetrator held a sign in a prominent public place telling everyone what they did. The technique has largely been used against those convicted of theft or DUI and is seen as a way of stopping people from reoffending, as well as cutting down on fines or prison time. Considering how small the area is and how concentrated the population is, law officials believe it is also preventing others from committing similar crimes as they don’t want to go through the embarrassment of everyone finding out what they did.