The State of Florida is very serious about controlling gun use in connection with any form of criminal activity. The mere possession of a gun by a felon can mean a prison sentence, even if the gun has never been used or displayed. This comes under the Florida Anti-Crime initiative known as the 10-20-Life program.
It also is known by its slogan "Use a gun and you're done". The implications are clear and any criminal act that also involved a gun or weapon carries automatically enhanced sentencing.
The "10-20-Life" program mandates several unique circumstances for gun crimes in Florida:
- Minimum sentencing of 3 years for a felon found to be in possession of a firearm.
- Minimum sentencing of 10 years for most felonies involving a gun or explosive.
- Minimum sentencing of 20 years if the firearm or explosive is discharged or detonated.
- Minimum sentencing of 25 years if someone is injured or killed, up to life without parole.
- Minimum sentences are consecutively served, not concurrently.
A weapons charge can mean very serious business if convicted. It is critical that as early as possible a highly experienced Fort Myers criminal defense lawyer is brought on to defend your case. Over the many years of defending clients against such charges we at Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law, have learned just how important it is to be involved at the earliest stages of any charges being brought.
So much of the later case can revolve around early statements and initial gathering of evidence. It is even possible that cases can be dismissed or the level of charges lowered depending upon the circumstances and facts surrounding the incident.
Types of Weapons Related Charges
These offenses are covered in the State of Florida Statutes under Title XLVI, Chapter 790:
- Sale or transfer of arms to minors by dealers
- Possession of firearms, ammunition or electric weapons by felons and delinquents
- The teaching or participation in para-military training
- Alteration or removal of firearm serial numbers or the possession, sale or delivery of such a firearm
- Possession of a short-barreled rifle/shotgun or machine gun
- Unlawful throwing, projecting, placing or discharging of a destructive device or bomb that results in injury to another
These and many other weapons charges can result in heavy fines and significant jail time.
Don't take chances with your future. If you are up against charges such as these contact a Fort Myers criminal attorney for the legal representation you need.
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