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Firearms and weapon charges are extremely serious under Florida criminal laws, and you face serious penalties if found guilty.
You'll want to speak with a Florida criminal defense lawyer who's successfully defended weapons or firearms charges before.
But don't delay. When you are facing a gun charge, the
prosecutors are not often inclined to be cooperative or lenient, so
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Under Florida criminal statues, a concealed weapon can be almost any “deadly weapon” carried on a person in such a manner as to conceal the weapon from the sight of another person.
A “knife” may or not be a deadly weapon. Whether a knife is a deadly weapon is determined by, “whether it will likely cause death or great bodily harm when used in the ordinary and usual manner contemplated by its design and construction,” or if the knife was “used in a threatening manner.” Robinson v. State, 547 So.2d 321 (1998).
A concealed firearm is essentially defined under Florida law as, any gun carried on a person in such a manner as to conceal the gun from the sight of another person.
A firearm is any weapon which will, or may be readily converted to, expel an explosive projectile. It essentially includes any gun, rifle, shotgun. The definition does not include any antique firearm, unless that firearm is used in the commission of a crime. The definition includes a starter gun.
Reference: FL Statutes. §790.01
People often ask if it is possible to beat charged of carrying a concealed weapon or firearms charges in Florida criminal courts, and the answer is definitely yes. Certainly some cases are more challenging that others, but no case is unwinnable.
We will evaluate the facts of your case, and work out reasonable defense options, or argue for a settlement and reduction of charges.
Some defenses may include: lapsed firearms license, arguing weather the alleged item is legal defined as a "weapon", and a wide variety of other options.
Weapons charges are tricky, so legal strategies we will use to fight it can vary considerably based on the facts of your exact situation. We will explore and explain specific defense options and likely outcomes in a free legal consultation.
Carrying a Concealed Weapon: An individual who carries a Concealed Weapon on or about his/her person is charged with a 1st Degree Misdemeanor. A first degree misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of 1 year in jail and a $1000 fine.
Carrying a Concealed Firearm: An individual who carries a Concealed Firearm, while unlicensed, on or about his/her person is charged with a 3rd Degree Felony. A third degree felony carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in jail and a $5000 fine.
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