Discharge of a Firearm in Public
Many people who are arrested for the crime of discharging a firearm in public are shocked to find themselves in handcuffs. You may have been quite surprised to find out that you were using your gun in violation of the law. Now that you face criminal charges, you need to take fast action to defend yourself against a guilty verdict that could lead to a tough sentence and a criminal record that could cause you serious trouble in the future.
It is unlawful in Florida to fire a gun in certain public settings. If you fire a gun at or near any public road, business, or occupied dwelling, you may be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor. This includes firing a gun into the air on holidays or during a celebration. Aggravating factors that may lead to increased charges in your case include firing a gun from a vehicle within 1,000 feet of any person, and instructing someone in your vehicle to discharge a firearm. You could also receive an increased sentence if you are additionally charged with other weapons and firearm charges, such as
improper exhibition of a weapon. Under the statute, you can claim it as a defense to the charge if you were legally defending your life or your property.
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