To avoid having the judiciary, which has broad interpretive as well as enforcement and punishment powers, from being beholden to a constituency of electors like our two other branches of government. It is the only way to ensure that judges of mens fate are not swayed from their objectivity or corrupted the pressures of their subjective electors while trying to get elected. Also, given the high backlog of cases most judges have, forcing them to campaign on a 2 or 4 year cycle would take them out of the courtroom ensuring that the wheels of justice grind to a halt.
The authorities in Florida always have the option of requesting the person be arrested and detained for extradition back to their jurisdiction. States are usually very cooperative in these matters, therefore it would be very risky to do anything without first consulting a criminal defense attorney.
What happens is this, the vehicle gets repo'd. You still owe the deficiency after the vehicle is remarketed. The bank will take you to court for the deficiency. If you do not pay the deficiency if you are ruled against, they may garnish wages by court order. It takes legal action for wages to be garnished.
In most municipalities it would be classified a misdemeanor what level would depend upon damages done to the vehicle. Besides the possibility of minor criminal charge the person who owns the vehicle has the option to bring a civil suit for damages against the person(s) or if the offenders are minors against their parents.
Maybe. Married couples in Florida generally hold property as Tenancy By The Entirety, meaning they both own the entire amount of jointly titled property or assets which cannot be partitioned without both agreeing to the action. TBE is sometimes successfully applied to joint marital accounts unless the account is designated differently, such as Joint Tenants. Creditors have been somewhat successful in levying joint marital accounts because Florida does not have a specific statute (nor default law) designating such accounts as having TBE protection. What it usually comes down to is how the presiding judge interprets TBE law as it applies to marital accounts. The good news is a judgment levy of a marital bank account is usually dismissed when a Motion to Quash is filed by the defendant/debtor.