Weapons and Firearm Charges
A violent crime is committed every five minutes in Florida. Consequently, the use of weapons and firearms in Florida is punished harshly. When charged with a crime relating to guns or firearms, it's important to hire an attorney to protect your rights. In Florida, these charges cover a variety of offenses including:
These crimes also relate to non-firearm weapons such as knives and explosives. Some weapons charges stand on their own, while others may be incidental to other, more serious charges. The Florida Legislature is not forgiving when it comes to weapons offenses and firearms charges and has established a minimum mandatory sentencing guideline often referred to as 10-20-Life. Penalties for weapons charges in Florida range from probation to life imprisonment.
Imprisonment for Weapons Offenses
If you are charged with using a weapon or firearm during the commission of a felony, you face minimum mandatory sentencing of:
- 10 YEARS for possessing a firearm
- 20 YEARS for discharge of a firearm
- 25 YEARS TO LIFE for shooting someone (regardless of whether they live or die)
Over the past two decades, the state of Florida has worked hard to combat what was once one of the top violent crime rates in the country. Palm Beach County ranked as one of the highest in the state for violent crime offenses, with just under 7,000 incidents in 2010. Since 1990, the incidences of violent crime in the state of Florida have decreased by approximately thirty percent. This decrease has been in part, however, from increased police presence in South Florida neighborhoods. If you are a Hialeah resident who has been arrested and is facing weapons or firearms charges, it is imperative that you consult a Palm Beach County concealed weapons and firearms charges criminal attorney. This may be the best investment you can make when facing serious weapons charges.
A Miami criminal defense lawyer at our firm has experience representing clients throughout South Florida. We also assist individuals from around the U.S. as well. Act quickly and let an experienced former prosecutor help protect your freedoms as they currently exist. Call today or contact us online, 24 /7 and ask for a FREE, CONFIDENTIAL CONSULTATION. Our lead attorney is a former Miami-Dade Cyber Crime Prosecutor and has uncommon insight into the justice system and how to move forward quickly with defense action for you.
For more information, see Florida Statute Chapter 790 Weapons and Firearms.
At Seltzer Law, PA we know that arrests do not always occur during normal business hours. This is why we are available to assist you 24 hours a day when you are facing trouble for weapons and firearm charges. Finding the right attorney to fight for you is very important as not all attorneys have the experience necessary to deliver the results you deserve. Many inexperienced attorneys commonly advise their clients improperly and encourage them to plea, rather than aggressively fighting the charges.
We recognize that you have choices available to you and our team will strive to explore every option to provide the vigorous defense you need. Your case is about what occurs in your life from here on out and we take that responsibility seriously.