In Florida, criminal charges involving firearms and other destructive weapons or devices are extremely serious and harshly prosecuted. Carrying a concealed weapon without a valid permit is considered at a minimum a breach of peace yet most firearm offenses are felonies and commonly include:
- Possession of an illegal weapon
- Possession of ammunition by a convicted felon
- Brandishing a firearm
- Unlawful possession of a firearm
- Unlawful discharge of a firearm
- Unlawful purchase, sale or distribution of firearms or weapons
- Possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime
10-20-LIFE law, also called "Use a Gun and You're Done!" imposes strict minimum mandatory sentences for individuals who use firearms during the commission of crimes.
- Convicted felon in constructive possession of a gun- punishable by a 18 month minimum mandatory prison sentence
- Convicted felon in actual possession of a gun - punishable by a 3 year minimum mandatory prison sentence
- Brandishing a gun in the commission of a crime - punishable by a 10 year minimum mandatory prison sentence
- Discharging a gun in the commission of a crime - punishable by a 20 year minimum mandatory prison sentence
- Injuring or killing another person in the commission of a crime, by discharging a firearm - punishable by 25 years to LIFE in state prison.
Prosecutors, local, state and federal agencies work tirelessly to reduce violent crimes by getting those who use guns and other dangerous weapons off the streets and if convicted you will be facing very serious consequences. The potential for lifetime imprisonment requires immediate legal action and your case must be challenged by an experienced and knowledgable Miami criminal defense attorney.