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Subject: Suicide laws
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Posted: 23 Apr 2004 17:07 PDT
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Question ID: 335208
What are the laws in Florida concerning suicide? (Assisted or unassisted)
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Subject: Re: Suicide laws
Answered By: tutuzdad-ga on 23 Apr 2004 20:00 PDT
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Dear juba-ga;

Thank you for allowing me an opportunity to answer your interesting question.

At the moment, assisted suicide is against the law in 35 states.
Florida happens to be one of them. In 1997, the Florida Supreme Court
upheld the Florida anti-assisted suicide law under the Florida
Constitution in Krischer v. McIver, 697 So.2d 97 (Fla. 1997).
http://www.law.ufl.edu/opinions/supreme/alpharoster/alpha9707/3/krischer_vs_mciver_89837.htm


The law that covers assisted suicide is Fla. Stat.  782.08, which
technically falls into the category of homicide and is actually
entitled ?ASSISTING SELF-MURDER?. The statute itself is brief and to
the point:

?782.08  ASSISTING SELF-MURDER.--Every person deliberately assisting
another in the commission of self-murder shall be guilty of
manslaughter, a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in
s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.?
http://www.flsenate.gov/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=Ch0782/SEC08.HTM&Title=->2003->Ch0782->Section%2008

It is not illegal in Florida to commit suicide (it is impossible to
prosecute the dead), but under certain conditions one can be taken
into protective custody and even involuntarily committed in some
instances under the Florida Public Health Statutes for attempting it,
threatening to attempt it, or exhibiting signs that would give an
authority cause to believe that he is suicidal:

?397.675  Criteria for involuntary admissions, including protective
custody, emergency admission, and other involuntary assessment,
involuntary treatment, and alternative involuntary assessment for
minors, for purposes of assessment and stabilization, and for
involuntary treatment.--A person meets the criteria for involuntary
admission if there is good faith reason to believe the person is
substance abuse impaired and, because of such impairment:

(2)(a)  Has inflicted, or threatened or attempted to inflict, or
unless admitted is likely to inflict, physical harm on himself or
herself or another??

Title XXIX
PUBLIC HEALTH Chapter 397
SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES
http://www.flsenate.gov/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=Ch0397/Sec675.HTM

?394.467  Involuntary placement

1)  CRITERIA.--A person may be involuntarily placed for treatment upon
a finding of the court by clear and convincing evidence that:

(a)  He or she is mentally ill and because of his or her mental illness: 


?(2)(b) b.  There is substantial likelihood that in the near future he
or she will inflict serious bodily harm on himself or herself or
another person, as evidenced by recent behavior causing, attempting,
or threatening such harm??

Title XXIX
PUBLIC HEALTH Chapter 394
MENTAL HEALTH
http://www.flsenate.gov/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=Ch0394/SEC467.HTM&Title=->2003->Ch0394->Section%20467


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