Port St. Lucie Weapons Offenses Criminal Defense Lawyers
Florida criminal statutes contain a long list of gun crimes and other weapons violations. When is it legal to carry a gun in Florida? Can it be carried openly or concealed? What about carrying other weapons for self-defense that are not firearms? What’s allowed and what isn’t? If you don’t know these rules, you can wind up arrested for a firearms or weapons offense and be facing serious jail time if convicted of a felony gun crime. The aggressive and effective Port St. Lucie criminal defense lawyers at Baginski Brandt & Brandt can defend you when you are charged with illegally owning, possessing or selling a gun or committing other violations of Florida gun laws.
Facts about Florida Gun Laws
Dozens of weapons and firearms offenses can be found at Florida Statutes Chapter 790, covering everything from warrantless arrests and concealed carry laws to the prohibition of armor-piercing bullets. Some important facts to know about Florida gun laws include:
Open Carry – In most cases, it is a second-degree misdemeanor to open carry firearms in the state of Florida, although certain other types of weapons can be carried openly for self-defense.
Concealed Carry – It is legal to carry a concealed weapon in Florida under certain circumstances. To be licensed to carry, the individual must be at least 21 years old with no felony convictions or certain misdemeanor convictions. The individual must also be able to demonstrate competency with a firearm and cannot have a record of alcohol or drug abuse, along with other requirements.
Displaying a Concealed Weapon – It is lawful in Florida to briefly display a concealed weapon, so long as it is not done in a threatening or angry manner.
Using a weapon in a crime – If a weapon is used or displayed or its use is attempted or threatened during the commission or attempt to commit a felony, the person can be charged with a third-degree felony. If the weapon is a firearm, the person can be charged with a second-degree felony. The same charges can apply to carrying a concealed weapon or firearm in the commission or attempt of a felony as well. With a prior conviction for one of these offenses, a second offense can be charged as a first-degree felony.
Responsible gun owners do their best to know, understand and comply with Florida gun laws, but some laws and rules are so confusing that owners may unwittingly violate a statute without intending to commit any crime. Regardless of your circumstances, you are entitled to a strong defense and to be represented by an attorney in your defense. With Baginski Brandt & Brandt on your side, you can be sure that you will receive a strong defense and be dealt with fairly, with your important constitutional rights protected at every stage.
Get Immediate Help with Weapons Charges from Dedicated and Aggressive Port St. Lucie Criminal Law Attorneys
For immediate assistance with a weapons charge in Port St. Lucie, Stuart or Fort Pierce, contact Baginski Brandt & Brandt at 772-466-0707 for a free consultation.