Florida criminal law concerning dead bodies and graves

Florida statutes Chapter 872 criminalizes certain activities specific to the treatment of dead bodies and burial sites.

Buying, selling or possessing a corpse is punishable as a misdemeanor of the 1st° in Florida. This section does not apply to the lawful preparation and disposal of corpses by funeral homes or morgues. Certain exemptions also apply for the lawful use of dead bodies for educational purposes by medical and dental schools.

The vandalizing of any tomb or monument is punishable as a third-degree felony in Florida. A burial monument is defined as a structure or thing placed or designed for a memorial of the dead or any fence, railing, curb or other thing intended for the protection or ornamentation of any tomb, monument, gravestone, burial mound or show monument containing human skeletal remains or associated burial artifacts. Disturbing the contents of any tomb is punishable as a second-degree felony in Florida which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Any sexual activity with a corpse is punishable as a second-degree felony in Florida and is punishable by up to 15 years in Florida State prison.