Florida is a state that's known for being tough on crime, and that's especially true when it comes to weapons-related charges. The statutes clearly define who can carry a weapon, who can not, and who can carry a concealed weapon. Thousands of people every year are charged with weapons-related offenses in Florida, and that trend continues to rise.
If you've been arrested and charged with a weapons-related violation in Florida, you need to contact Adam Frankel, P.A., immediately for a consultation. One the wheels of the legal system begin to turn, you will not be able to slow them down or bring them to a halt without the assistance of an experienced trial attorney such as Mr. Frankel. Below are some of the specific charges Mr. Frankel has handled during his career.
Possession of an Illegal Firearm
Possession of an illegal firearm is a serious offense in Florida, and different circumstances lead to different potential consequences. The Florida legislature has specifically defined who can not possess a weapon:
- Anyone under 16, unless the gun is not loaded and is at home under parental supervision
- Anyone convicted of a felony and who hasn't had his or her civil rights restored
- Is found to be a drug addict, a vagrant or mentally incompetent
- Is subject to an active domestic violence injunction or charge
The severity of penalties that can result from a conviction under these charges can vary from a misdemeanor to a felony, depending on the surrounding facts of the case.
Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Assault with a deadly weapon is technically termed "aggravated assault" under the Florida statutes. "Simple" assault is defined in the following manner:
An "assault" is an intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to do violence to the person of another, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, and doing some act which creates a well-founded fear in such other person that such violence is imminent.
If this threat is accompanied by the brandishing of a deadly weapon, a defendant who is convicted of this charge faces the penalties that accompany a third-degree felony. A third-degree felony can carry a prison term of up to five years.
Possession of a Stolen Firearm
Possession of a stolen firearm is a serious charge in Florida, as the law basically combines the concepts of illegal possession of a firearm with possession of stolen property, both of which can be felony charges. If a person is found to possess a stolen firearm, he or she will be charged with a third-degree felony at a minimum, and perhaps a second or even first-degree felony with the presence of certain facts that work against the defendant.
Concealed Weapons Charges
If you want to carry a concealed weapon in Florida, you need to follow the process of obtaining a proper license to do so. If a defendant is found to be carrying a concealed weapon without the proper authorization, he or she can be charged with a third-degree felony and be sentenced to up to five years in prison.
No weapons-related charges in Florida should be taken lightly. If you are arrested, you need to contact Adam Frankel, P.A., immediately to begin building your defense.
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