Florida Senate - 2011 SB 532 By Senator Fasano 11-00711-11 2011532__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public corruption; creating s. 3 775.0876, F.S.; providing for the reclassification of 4 criminal offenses committed under color of law; 5 providing an effective date. 6 7 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 8 9 Section 1. Section 775.0876, Florida Statutes, is created 10 to read: 11 775.0876 Offenses committed under color of law; 12 reclassification.—The penalty for any felony or misdemeanor 13 offense shall be reclassified if the commission of such offense 14 was furthered or facilitated by a person acting under color of 15 law. As used in this section, the term “under color of law” 16 means conduct based on public authority or position or the 17 assertion of such authority or position. 18 (1) The reclassification of the felony or misdemeanor is as 19 follows: 20 (a) A misdemeanor of the second degree is reclassified as a 21 misdemeanor of the first degree. 22 (b) A misdemeanor of the first degree is reclassified as a 23 felony of the third degree. 24 (c) A felony of the third degree is reclassified as a 25 felony of the second degree. 26 (d) A felony of the second degree is reclassified as a 27 felony of the first degree. 28 (e) A felony of the first degree is reclassified as a life 29 felony. 30 (2) For purposes of sentencing under chapter 921, a felony 31 offense that is reclassified under this section shall be ranked 32 one level above its ranking under s. 921.0022 or s. 921.0023. 33 (3) Reclassification does not apply if the underlying 34 misdemeanor or felony offense has conduct committed under color 35 of law as one of its necessary elements. 36 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2011.