The state of Florida is very strict in its control of the use of firearms in connection with any form of criminal activity. The mere possession of a firearm by a felon can result in a prison sentence, even when the gun had never been used or displayed. This comes from the initiative against crime in Florida known as the 10-20 program-Life (10-20-Life). He is also known for its slogan "Use a gun and is finished". The implications are clear and any crime involving a gun or other weapon automatically carries a harsher sentence. Examples of the provisions of this law:
- It requires a minimum of 10 years in prison for certain felonies, or attempted felonies in which the offender possesses a firearm or destructive device.
- Force a minimum prison term of 20 years when discharging the firearm.
- It requires a minimum of 25 years to life if someone is injured or killed.
- Force a minimum prison term of three years for possession of a firearm from a convicted felony.
- Forces the minimum prison term to be served consecutively to any other term of imprisonment imposed.
A weapons charge can mean a serious issue if convicted. It is very important that as soon as possible a criminal lawyer experienced Fort Myers defend your case. During the many years of defending clients against these charges in Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys, we have learned how important it is to get involved from the first time charges have been filed. Much of the case can revolve around the first statements and initial data collection. It is even possible that cases are denied or that the level of decrease charges on the basis of the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident.
Types Weapons Related Charges
The Laws of the State of Florida under Title XLVI, Chapter 790 are responsible for these crimes.
- Sale or transfer of arms to minors by dealers.
- Possession of firearms, ammunition, or electric weapons in the hands of criminals and delinquents.
- Education or participation in paramilitary training.
- Alteration or removal of serial numbers of firearms, possession, sale or delivery of such firearms.
- Possession of a rifle / short-barreled shotgun or machine gun.
- Throw, project, place or illegally download a destructive device or bomb that results in injury to third parties.
These and many other weapons charges can result in hefty fines and significant prison sentences. Do not take chances with your future. If you are facing charges of this nature, contact a Fort Myers criminal lawyer for legal representation you need.
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