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Whether this is your first criminal charge for illegal possession of a firearm, or you are a repeat offender, do not lose hope. There is legal help available to you at Weinstein Legal. The team at Weinstein Legal utilizes a wide variety of resources, experts, and professionals to help build each defense case. These include private investigators and more. When you work with criminal defense attorney Matt Shafran you will receive tireless work on your behalf and Mr. Shafran will stop at nothing to prove your innocence.
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Carrying an Unlicensed Concealed Firearm or Weapon in Florida
Legislative statute Chapter 790 Section 01 outlines unlicensed carrying of concealed weapons or concealed firearms in the state of Florida, as well as the possible criminal charges and consequences that a conviction can carry. In addition to guns, there are various other weapons that the legislature also covers. These weapons include items such as electric stun guns and devices such as tasers, chemical sprays, dart guns, and more. It is imperative to know that law enforcement may also arrest you for illegal possession of these weapons even though they are not technically firearms and that the penalties upon conviction may be quite severe. Often, the courts consider these types of weapons to be in the same class as a gun, and the charges and possible punishment will be just as if it were a gun you were carrying.
If law enforcement finds you to be in possession of an unlicensed concealed firearm or weapon you will likely face felony charges. An unlicensed weapon or firearm means that one of the following circumstances is true:
- You do not have a concealed weapons permit for the gun or weapon even though the weapon in question is licensed. This means you cannot carry a gun or weapon where other individuals cannot see it, such as in the waistband of a pair of pants. While the gun or weapon itself is not illegal to own or control, it is illegal to carry or transport in such a way.
And / Or:
- You do not have a concealed weapons permit and the weapon in question is not licensed and registered with the state. This means that not only can the weapon not be carried or transported in a way that is hidden from the public, but also that owning or controlling the precise weapon in question is illegal in and of itself.
If you do have a license for the weapon and law enforcement simply finds you carrying or transporting it improperly, you may face misdemeanor charges. However, should police find you to be in control of a firearm or weapon that is not registered at all, you are likely to face felony charges for illegal possession of a firearm.
Other Firearm & Weapons Charges in Florida
It is essential to be aware of the fact that there are many other types of weapons charges in the state of Florida in addition to carrying an unlicensed, concealed firearm. Other common weapon and gun charges in the state include:
- Improper exhibition of a firearm or dangerous weapon
- Possession or discharging a gun or weapon on school grounds or at a school-sponsored event
- Enabling or allowing a minor to access a loaded gun or dangerous weapon
- Carrying or possessing a weapon in the process of a violent crime
- Discharging a weapon during the process of a violent crime
- Employing the use of a gun or weapon in the process of a violent crime, causing injury or death to another individual
These charges are punishable by incarceration sentences ranging from 60 days in jail all the way up to 25 years in prison for more serious offenses.
Felony Convictions & Firearm Possession in Florida
Even if you have never received illegal possession of a firearm or weapons charges before if you are a convicted felon in the state of Florida the state considers it illegal for you to own or control a gun or weapon. Many individuals are surprised to learn this fact, and only find out when law enforcement arrests them and they find themselves facing felony charges.
The state of Florida takes this particular illegal possession of a firearm charge very seriously. In fact, upon a conviction, you may face up to fifteen years in prison, up to fifteen years of probation, and up to $10,000 in fines even if you have never received a weapons charge before in the past. As a convicted felon in the state of Florida, you may not own, possess, or control a deadly weapon or firearm at any time for any reason. Violation of this law can result in steep consequences that can impact your life well into the future.
However, there is legal help available to you at Weinstein Legal. Criminal defense attorney Matt Shafran will begin working to prove your innocence immediately, with the goal of obtaining a positive outcome in a court of law.
How a Defense Attorney Can Help
If you are facing criminal charges for illegal possession of a firearm in Palm Beach County or Broward County, Florida, criminal defense attorney Matt Shafran at Weinstein Legal is ready and willing to fight your case. Mr. Shafran will use all of the resources available at his disposal to build your case, fighting tirelessly to protect your rights in and out of court.
Owning a gun is an essential right, protected by the Second Amendment of the United States of America. This constitutional right is extremely valuable, and it is important that you present an adequate defense in court against any attempt by law enforcement and the state to take this right away from you. That is precisely what Weinstein Legal partner and defense attorney Matt Shafran is here to do.
Mr. Shafran will examine all the aspects of your case, attempting to determine whether you were truly the party in control of the gun or weapon, the circumstances surrounding your case, your past criminal history, and much more.
Contact the Weinstein Legal Team Today
When facing charges for illegal possession of a firearm, time is of the essence. You cannot wait any longer to begin forming your defense and the prosecutor's office is already hard at work to prove your guilt. It is imperative that you take all the necessary steps to protect your constitutional rights, including seeking experienced legal representation to make your case in front of a judge. With three offices in major Florida cities, we are ready to help:
It may be possible to get your illegal possession of firearm charges either dropped entirely or significantly reduced. This can help you to avoid lengthy jail and prison sentences, allow you to retain your voting rights as well as the right to own and possess a firearm or weapon, and so much more.
"Matt and his firm made the process so smooth and eased me through the entire case. You literally get more than you retain with them. I could never imagine calling anyone else if I should ever need." - K.S. - Prior Client
Here at Weinstein Legal, defense lawyer Matt Shafran is here to help. Contact our law offices today, located conveniently in Orange County, Palm Beach County and Broward County. Our team will provide you with a free consultation, where we will review all of the facts of your case with absolutely no obligation. We will then advise you on the next steps, discuss any possible legal ramifications of your case with you, and more.
Do not wait to take control of your case and start protecting your rights. Weinstein Legal is here to help. Call 954-845-0505 and ask for attorney Matt Shafran today.