State Tax Evasion
State tax evasion offenses apply to any person who intends on unlawfully depriving the state of money owed to it by order of a tax code. Florida law includes heavy fines and severe criminal penalties, including potential mandatory/minimum sentences of up to 25 years and maximum potential sentences of up to LIFE. Mr. Petruzzi has represented numerous individuals charged with, or under investigation for, tax evasion offenses by state authorities. His experience and knowledge serve as an invaluable asset to his clients.
Florida tax evasion offenses are investigated and prosecuted by various state and local law enforcement agencies. Some common Florida statutes criminalizing tax evasion include:
212.15 Taxes declared state funds; penalties for failure to remit taxes; due and delinquent dates; judicial review.–
(2) Any person who, with intent to unlawfully deprive or defraud the state of its sums of money or the use or benefit thereof, fails to remit taxes collected under this chapter is guilty of theft of state funds, punishable as follows:
(a) If the total amount of stolen revenue is less than $300, the offense is a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. Upon a second conviction, the offender is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. Upon a third or subsequent conviction, the offender is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
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