Due to excessive and dramatic increases in reports of phenomenon of mass shootings in highly public places such as schools, airports, and concerts – the laws in Florida revolving around weapons crimes have shifted and become more strict and forcefully prosecuted throughout the state of Florida.
Florida Law prohibits a number of weapon crimes that involve the possession, purchase, or use of an illegal weapon or firearm.
According to the Florida Statute 790.001, a firearm is categorized as any weapon which will – or is designed to, or may readily be converted to – discharge a bullet by the action of an explosive. A weapon is any knife, metallic knuckles, slungshot, tear gas gun, chemical weapon or device, or other deadly weapons except a firearm or a common pocket knife, plastic knife, or blunt-bladed table knife.
Florida weapon crimes can be modified or “enhanced” depending on whether or not the weapon was used, fired , or otherwise enacted upon during the crime. These tend to increase penalties and heighten the case’s severity.
Weapons crimes range in severity in terms of penalties and sentencing. Some weapons crimes are relatively common and have much less severe punishments than something like actually discharging a weapon.
The most common Florida weapons crimes include unlicensed carry or concealment of a firearm, improper exhibition of a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and discharging a firearm in public.There are a variety of consequences and punishments for weapons crimes, as there are so many different types of weapons and firearm crimes in Florida.
For example, the weapons crime of Unlicensed Carrying a Concealed Weapon, a person who is not licensed to carry a concealed weapon, is a first-degree misdemeanor. A first-degree misdemeanor carries consequences of up to 1 year in jail and fines of up to $1,000.
On the other hand, one of the most serious gun offenses includes the second-degree felony of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Second-degree felony charges carry potential consequences of up to 15 years in prison, and fines totaling up to $10,000, according to Florida law.
When thinking of which punishment would fit a specific weapon crime, it usually depends on the severity of the weapon crime. Discharging a firearm usually carries a heavier penalty than simply illegally owning a gun. Owning a firearm illegally isn’t as significant a crime as it would be if you had prior felonies. You can think of the statutory law as a step ladder. The more involved the weapons crime is, the higher the penalty and severity. For example – committing a crime where you shot a gun that you owned illegally? Now you’re looking at serious consequences in Florida.
The crime of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon occurs when a convicted felon found to have committed a crime knowingly carries, controls, possesses or owns a firearm.
he crime of firearm possession by a convicted felon is a second-degree felony. A second-degree felony carries consequences of up to 15 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000
Improper Exhibition of a Firearm or Weapon
Discharging a Firearm in Public
Unlicensed Carrying a Concealed Firearm
Unlicensed Carrying a Concealed Weapon
Shooting or Throwing Deadly Missiles
Firearm Possession by a Convicted Felon
As you now know, weapons crimes are a spectrum of crimes in South Florida. They do not all carry the same severity or penalties. Some are less serious and more common such as improper exhibition of a firearm, while others carry more of a burden such as shooting or throwing deadly missiles. There are also special circumstances that could enhance a crime such as firearm possession by a convicted felon, which increases penalties such as unlicensed carrying a concealed firearm based on previous criminal history.
Weapons crimes penalties generally range from 1 year in jail to 15 years in prison, and those convicted can be susceptible to fines from $1,000 to $15,000. This may seem like a wide range of crimes, but the penalties typically scale in a logical manner that adheres to the severity of the crime.
If you or someone you know is being charged with a weapons crime in South Florida , the best thing you can do is contact Rossen Law Firm. We will work with you to schedule a free strategy session, as well as provide you with free booklet resources to help further educate you on the specific charges you might be facing
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