Florida is one of the toughest states when it comes to gun laws. This is especially true when it comes to offenses that involve violence or the commission of a crime. If you have been arrested for a weapons-related charge in the state of Florida, having a good Florida criminal defense lawyer on your side can have a big impact on your personal freedom.
The state's 10/20/Life law provides for very steep penalties. Under this law, the defendant may be subject to a minimum prison sentence. In addition, the law allows for even steeper penalties for those with a previous conviction. This is especially true for convicted felons.
Florida's 10/20/Life Statute:
"When a firearm is used in the commission of a crime, the crime may be enhanced to a higher-level degree felony, and the possible punishment may be greatly increased. Under the 10/20/life statute, if a person is convicted of one of the crimes listed in the statute and a firearm was used, they could face a minimum mandatory sentence of:
·Ten years if they carried a firearm.
·Twenty years if the firearm was discharged during the crime.
·Twenty-five years to life, if any person was seriously injured or died as the result of a discharge from the firearm during the crime.
A minimum mandatory sentence requires the convicted person to serve the entire sentence day for day, and they are not eligible for any form of early release."
Types of Florida Weapons Offenses
Under Florida law, there are many types of offenses related to weapons or firearms. Some of the most common cases that a Florida criminal defense lawyer may handle are:
- Carrying a concealed handgun
- Selling and delivering firearms
- Possessing a gun illegally
- Manufacturing firearms or other weapons
- Discharging a firearm in public
- Brandishing a firearm
- Improper exhibition of a firearm or weapon
- Making fake bomb threats
- Use of a gun while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Charges related to weapons of mass destruction; and
- Juvenile weapons charges
Florida laws clearly define who can and cannot possess a firearm. The severity of the penalties for being in possession of a firearm illegally in the state of Florida vary from second degree misdemeanors to first degree felonies, depending on the severity of the offense and the facts of the case.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for, or are being charged with, a crime related to weapons offenses in the Greater Pensacola area, call T. Andrew Marks, attorney at law. T. Andrew Marks is an experienced Florida criminal defense lawyer that can help you get the results you need. He can answer questions regarding your case over the phone or help you schedule a free consultation.