In Florida, there are two crimes related to fuel. The Unlawful Conveyance of Fuel and Obtaining Fuel Fraudulently. Both of these laws are contained within Florida Statute 316.80. If you have been charged with either of these, contact the attorneys at Skubiak & Rivas P.A. for a free consultation.
What is Unlawful Conveyance of Fuel?
This is the transportation of diesel or gasoline in any manner that is not approved by the United States Department of Transportation. This includes improvised gas tanks, drums or bladders. If you are transporting fuel, regardless of whether or not you intend to sell it, you can be charged with unlawful conveyance of fuel.
What are the penalties for Unlawful Conveyance of Fuel?
Unlawful Conveyance of Fuel is a considered a third degree felony. This means you could face up to 5 years in prison and fines up to $5000. Your driver’s license may also be revoked and you may lose driving privileges. The state can also sequester all materials you used for the conveyance of fuel.
What is considered Obtaining Fuel Fraudulently?
This is when you obtain fuel using a form of payment that is not yours. This may include stolen credit cards, counterfeit credit cards, a stolen contactless device and even hacking into the gas stations computer. Again, whether or not you minted to sell this fuel is irrelevant.
What are the Penalties for Obtaining Fuel Fraudulently?
This is considered a second degree felony. This means you could face up to 15 years in prison, probation and up to $10000 in fines. Your vehicle may also be impounded and you will be forced to pay the costs of the impounding process.
Both of these charges are extremely serious can can land you serious prison time and huge fines. If you are being charged with either unlawful conveyance of fuel, obtaining fuel fraudulently or both you need an experienced attorney on your side. Contact our legal team at Rivas & Associates, P.A. today.