Terms Used In Florida Statutes 775.35
- Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
- person: includes individuals, children, firms, associations, joint adventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations, and all other groups or combinations. See Florida Statutes 88.6011
- serious bodily injury: means an injury to a person which creates a substantial risk of death, serious personal disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member or an organ. See Florida Statutes 736.1006
(1) A person who intentionally disseminates or spreads any type of contagious, communicable, or infectious disease among crops, poultry as defined in s. 583.01, livestock as defined in s. 588.13, or other animals commits a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. It is an affirmative defense to this violation if the activity is consistent with a medically recognized procedure or if the activity is done in the course of legitimate, professional scientific research.
(2) A person who commits a violation of subsection (1) which results in death or serious bodily injury to a person commits a life felony, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. As used in this subsection, the term “serious bodily injury” has the same meaning as provided in s. 775.30(3).