Florida’s Right to Privacy
The State of Florida has enacted laws to protect individuals’ privacy in a variety of specific areas, including financial records and medical records. Even without specific statutory protections, the Courts in Florida have found a right to privacy exists in other contexts.
The Constitution of the State of Florida expressly recognize a right to privacy under Article I, Section 12 – Florida’s Constitutional Right to Privacy:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, and against the unreasonable interception of private communications by any means, shall not be violated. No warrant shall be issued except upon probable cause, supported by affidavit, particularly describing the place or places to be searched, the person or persons, thing or things to be seized, the communication to be intercepted, and the nature of evidence to be obtained.
This right shall be construed in conformity with the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution, as interpreted by the United States Supreme Court. Articles or information obtained in violation of this right shall not be admissible in evidence if such articles or information would be inadmissible under decisions of the United States Supreme Court construing the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Right to Privacy
Every natural person has the right to be let alone and free from governmental intrusion into the person’s private life except as otherwise provided herein. This section shall not be construed to limit the public’s right of access to public records and meetings as provided by law.
For more information about how Florida’s right to privacy can impact the defense in a criminal case, contact the criminal defense attorneys at the Sammis Law Firm by calling (813) 250-0500.