Abruzzo Honored By Prosecuting Attorneys Group

State Sen. Joseph Abruzzo (D-District 25) will be presented the 2014 Senate Leadership Award by the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association next month.

The award is given to legislators who display outstanding assistance to prosecutors and leadership in criminal justice issues.

“I am honored to be receiving this award,” Abruzzo said. “Our prosecutors work in tough and complex levels of our legal system. That’s why it’s vitally important to do everything that we can to provide them with the tools and funding so that they can best serve our justice system.”

Abruzzo most recently passed legislation that will enhance penalties to a second degree felony for anyone using personal identification information fraudulently obtained from minors, an individual 60 years of age or older, a disabled adult, a public servant, a veteran, a first responder, a State of Florida employee or a U.S. government employee. In addition, a penalty of $250 will be assessed against anyone convicted of such a crime, a portion of which will be used to pay for prosecutions.

“With this bill now law, the judicial branch can continue to be the guardian of the constitution and defender of the people when their rights are violated,” Abruzzo said.

The Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association will present Abruzzo with this recognition during a ceremony next month in Naples.