Unlawful Use of Badges

The Fraud Attorneys at William Moore Criminal Defense represent clients in Ft. Lauderdale  and Broward.

If you wear the badge or button of any of the following groups and you are not a member of that group or society or otherwise entitled to wear the badge or button, you may be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor:

  • Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States
  • Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States
  • Patrons of Husbandry
  • Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America
  • Woodmen of the World
  • Any society, order or organization of five years’ standing in the state of Florida

A second-degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to 60 days of incarceration and/or a fine of up to $500.

Furthermore, if you wear the badge, button or other insignia of the American Legion and you are not a member of the American Legion, you may be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor.

If you wear or display a badge, button, insignia or any other emblem of the following while not entitled to do so, you may be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor:

  • Benevolent organization
  • Fraternal organization
  • Social organization
  • Humane organization
  • Charitable organization

A first-degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year of incarceration and/or a fine of up to $1,000.