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Making an Unlicensed Radio Transmission

Section 877.27, F.S., prohibits a person from making a radio transmission if he or she is not licensed or exempt for licensure by the Federal Communications Commission, or from causing an unlicensed radio transmission to interfere with a licensed radio public or commercial radio station. A person who violates this prohibition commits a third degree felony.

A third degree felony for making a radio transmission under Florida Statute Section 877.27 is punishable by up to five years in Florida State Prision and a $5,000 fine.

Global positioning system (GPS) jammers are devices using radio frequency transmitters in order to intentionally block, jam, or interfere with GPS systems. It is illegal to market, sell, or use GPS jammers in the United States. See GPS.gov for Information About GPS Jamming.

Such devices have been linked to cargo thefts throughout the United States. See Federal Bureau of Investigation, Private Industry Notification 141002-001, Cargo Thieves use GPS Jammers to Mask GPS Trackers (Oct. 2, 2014).

The Florida legislature has also proposed amendments to s. 877.27, F.S., to clearly prohibit a person from using a device prohibited by the Federal Communications Commission that would cause interference with the legal use of a GPS to track vehicles. A person who violates this prohibition commits a third degree felony.

Additional Resources

Florida Statute Section 877.27 – Visit the website of the Florida Senate to find Florida Statute Section 877.27 which prohibits making an unauthorized radio transmission or causing interference with a public or commercial radio station licensed by the FCC.

Attorneys for Radio Transmission Crimes in Florida

If you are charged with a felony offense for making a transmission over the radio under Florida Statute Section 877.27, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Tampa, FL, in Hillsborough County.

Call an attorney at the Sammis Law Firm at (813) 250-0500.

This article was last updated on Friday, May 19, 2017.

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