What happens if the respondent violates the order?
The respondent could face criminal penalties for violating a risk protection order. The respondent is committing a felony of the third degree if the respondent:
- has firearms or ammunition in his/her custody or control; or
- purchases, possess or receives a firearm or ammunition,
- while having knowledge that a risk protection order has been issued against him/her.1
If the respondent is convicted of a felony of the third degree, s/he could face a prison sentence of up to 5 years and a fine up to $5,000.2
1 Fla Stat. § 790.401(11)(b)
2 Fla Stat. §§ 775.082(3)(e); 775.083(1)(c)