Improper Exhibition of a Weapon
If you own a weapon, the state of Florida strictly regulates how and when you may use or showcase that weapon. If you brandish your weapon in a rude, angry or aggressive manner, you can be arrested and charged with a first-degree misdemeanor. The statute is written very broadly, so that displaying your weapon in any fashion other than self-defense may result in your arrest. This makes the police officer's subjective judgment paramount in the case, opening many avenues for abuses.
Weapons and firearm charges can have a serious effect on your criminal record, and you should do everything you can to prevent a conviction. Improper exhibition of a weapon could send you to county jail for a year and cost you a $1,000 fine, and the penalty could be worse if you are also charged with
carry concealed weapon or
discharge of a firearm in public. You could additionally be charged with aggravated
assault if someone has accused you of brandishing the weapon in a threatening or menacing manner. Be sure not to speak with anyone but your attorney about the case, as statements you make could incriminate you further.