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Firearms Charges

Florida's 10/20/Life Firearm Law

A firearm charge in the State Of Florida is a serious matter, as Florida prosecutors will relentlessly try to obtain a conviction and ask the judge to impose Florida’s 10/20/Life penalty. Escalating violent crimes involving firearms prompted lawmakers to institute this policy as a gun deterrent.

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Florida's Firearm Policy

The 10/20/Life policy for a Firearm charge conviction is enforced as follows:

10 Years (minimum) mandatory sentence for possession a gun during the commission of a crime.

20 Years (minimum) sentence for firing a gun during the commission of a crime.

25 Years to life (minimum) sentence for shooting a person during the course of a crime.

Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

When purchasing a gun it is important to ensure you fulfill all of the specific requirements for legally purchasing and owning a firearm. Failure to do so could result in being charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

Unlawful possession of a firearm charge may be a misdemeanor or a felony and if convicted could result in a substantial fine and possible prison time. If the individual convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm is a felon, they may be awarded a 3-year-minimum sentence regardless if a crime has been committed or not.

Illegal Sale of a Firearm

Gun dealers in the State of Florida are required to adhere to very specific procedures with any sale of a gun or weapon. Failure to follow these procedures it can result in the dealer to loose their license to sell guns and weapons.

If the unlawful sale of a weapon or firearm is conducted by an unlicensed dealer, they may be charged with a felony criminal charge, depending upon the quantity weapons sold, and how the guns were obtained.

Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm

When a Firearm is discharged in a public setting, the individual who fired the gun may be charged with either a first degree or a more serious felony criminal weapons charges, depending upon the circumstances relating to your arrest, your criminal record, if the weapon was discharged while you were in a vehicle and you were within 1000 feet of anyone, and if the discharge of the weapon occurred in the course of a criminal act.

Weapons / Firearm Trafficking and Smuggling

Gun trafficking or weapons smuggling are extremely serious charges. Many times you will not only face charges from the State of Florida, but potentially Federal weapons charges as well. A conviction will result in very severe penalties.