When you are charged with a crime, your whole life can be turned upside down. Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, you can face some harsh penalties. Criminal convictions can lead to steep fines, jail time, probation, or other tough penalties.
On top of those penalties, a criminal conviction can affect your job, housing opportunities, and your whole future. If you are facing a gun crime charge, contact our Florida gun lawyers today.
You have legal rights as a gun owner, and we will fight to protect those rights. Our Florida defense attorneys strive to help each client avoid conviction where possible. We can defend your criminal case and help bring your case to a successful resolution.
Owning a Firearm in Florida
State and federal laws dictate who can own and use a gun in Florida. The law categorically prohibits some people from owning these weapons. For example, convicted felons are not allowed to own or possess a firearm within a certain period of time after their conviction.
According to Florida Statutes Section 790.06, others prohibited from owning a firearm in Florida include:
- Minors under the age of 21;
- Anyone who was committed to a treatment facility for drug abuse, or convicted of certain related crimes within the past three years;
- Anyone who chronically and habitually uses alcoholic beverages or other impairing substances;
- Anyone who was committed to a mental institution within the past three years; and
- Anyone barred from owning a firearm under a domestic violence court order.
If someone in one of the above categories is found in possession of a firearm, they could face serious charges. Many weapons charges in Florida are felonies, which means they are punishable with significant jail sentences. If you are facing gun crime charges, contact our Florida gun lawyers today.
Related Weapons Crimes
Often, using a deadly weapon such as a gun during the commission of a crime leads to harsher penalties. For example, if someone uses a gun to commit robbery, they could face a more serious criminal charge than if they did not use a gun.
In fact, many criminal charges are classified as more serious when a firearm is involved. Some examples of these enhanced crimes that may warrant the contact of a Florida gun lawyer include:
- Armed robbery
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Sexual battery where a weapon is used to threat or harm the victim
- Armed kidnapping
- Armed burglary
Firing on Buildings and Vehicles
A commonly charged gun crime in Florida is shooting into dwellings or buildings. Firing a weapon into a building is a second-degree felony under state law.
Florida Statutes Section 790.19 prohibits “wantonly or maliciously” shooting at, within, or into any public or private building regardless of whether the building is occupied.
If someone shoots at an occupied motor vehicle, they could also face this criminal charge. Penalties upon conviction include up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Protecting Your Rights
If you are facing a weapons charge involving a firearm, our Florida gun lawyers can help. We are here to protect your rights as a citizen and a gun owner.
If you are facing charges, our attorneys will fight to defend you in court. Call us today and discuss your case with a gun lawyer in Florida.