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Administrative fine; penalties; prosecution of cases by state attorney.
F.S. 525.16
525.16 Administrative fine; penalties; prosecution of cases by state attorney.
(1)(a) The department may enter an order imposing one or more of the following penalties against any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter or the rules adopted under this chapter or impedes, obstructs, or hinders the department in the performance of its duty in connection with the provisions of this chapter:
1. Issuance of a warning letter.
2. Imposition of an administrative fine of not more than $1,000 per violation for a first-time offender. For a second-time or repeat offender, or any person who is shown to have willfully and intentionally violated any provision of this chapter, the administrative fine shall not exceed $5,000 per violation. When imposing any fine under this section, the department shall consider the degree and extent of harm caused by the violation, the cost of rectifying the damage, the amount of money the violator benefited from by noncompliance, whether the violation was committed willfully, and the compliance record of the violator.
3. Revocation or suspension of any registration issued by the department.
(b) If, 3 years after the day of issuance of the last stop-sale order for a violation under this chapter, no new violation has occurred at the same location during the proprietorship of the same person, all previous fines shall be disregarded when administering a fine for the next violation.
(2) Any person who knowingly violates any provision of this chapter or any rule adopted by the department commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
(3) The state attorney, or other prosecuting officer within the jurisdiction of whose court the case may come, shall prosecute all cases certified to him or her for prosecution by the department immediately upon receipt of the evidence transmitted by the department, or as soon thereafter as practicable.
(4) In addition to the remedies provided in this chapter, and notwithstanding the existence of any adequate remedy at law, the department may bring an action to enjoin the violation of any provision of this chapter, or rules adopted under this chapter, in the circuit court of the county in which the violation occurs or is about to occur. Upon demonstration of competent and substantial evidence by the department to the court of the violation or threatened violation, the court shall immediately issue the temporary or permanent injunction sought by the department. The injunction shall be issued without bond.
History.s. 17, ch. 7905, 1919; CGL 3972; ss. 14, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 78, ch. 92-291; s. 5, ch. 94-335; s. 713, ch. 97-103.