Florida has at least one troubling law. Resisting Officer Without Violence to His or Her Person.

Whoever shall resist, obstruct, or oppose any officer as defined in s. 943.10(1), (2), (3), (6), (7), (8), or (9); member of the Parole Commission or any administrative aide or supervisor employed by the commission; county probation officer; parole and probation supervisor; personnel or representative of the Department of Law Enforcement; or other person legally authorized to execute process in the execution of legal process or in the lawful execution of any legal duty, without offering or doing violence to the person of the officer, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

This carries a penalty of up to 1 year in prison and a fine of $1,000. According to this case,

To support a finding of guilt for the offense of resisting arrest without violence, “the state must show: (1) the officer was engaged in the lawful execution of a legal duty; and (2) the action by the defendant constituted obstruction or resistance of that lawful duty.”

So potentially if you move too slow in obeying an officer’s lawful command, you could be found guilty of “obstruction” of that lawful duty and go to jail.

You have been notified, CITIZEN.

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