Trying to keep tabs on someone by planting a tracking device on their person or possessions without their consent is against the law. A typical case involves a spouse or partner in a relationship gone bad who sneaks a GPS device onto the victim’s car. But there are serious penalties. Unlawful Installation of a Tracking Device or Tracking Application, Florida Statute 934.425, is a second-degree misdemeanor that can land you in jail for up to 60 days plus six months of probation and a $500 fine. If you’ve been charged with Unlawful Installation of Tracking Device in Florida, call 407-349- 4211 to speak with an experienced Orlando Defense Attorney at the Rivas Law Firm.
Are GPS Trackers Legal in Florida?It is perfectly legal to use a GPS tracker for legitimate purposes. Thanks to technological advances, tracking systems are inexpensive and widely available. There are, however, some legal restrictions on how they can be used. With some exceptions, no one other than a law enforcement officer with a warrant is allowed to use a tracking device on another person without their permission. The exceptions are:
- A parent or legal guardian of a minor childchild.
- A caregiver of an elderly person or disabled adult …if the elderly person’s or disabled adult’s treating physician certifies that the installation of a tracking device or tracking applicationontotheelderlyperson’sordisabledadult’spropertyisnecessarytoensure the safety of the elderly person or disabledadult.
- Apersonactingingoodfaithonbehalfofabusinessentityforalegitimatebusiness purpose.