Weapons and gun charges in Florida can carry serious consequences, and thousands of people every year are charged with some sort of weapons violation. These violations can vary in their specifics, ranging from such charges as illegally carrying a concealed weapon, failing to register a weapon and illegal weapons possession, among other charges.
If you have been arrested and charged with a weapons violation, the first thing you need to do is contact the attorneys at Anabelle Dias & Associates, P.A., for a full consultation. The firm offers every accommodation possible to its clients, including 24-hour-per-day availability, payment plans that are manageable and even student discounts. You will also get to work with an attorney who has years of experience in dealing with Florida weapons cases, and that experience is invaluable towards your ultimate result.
Below are brief explanations of the two most prevalent problems defendants face in relation to weapons charges in Florida.
As is the case with almost any other state or jurisdiction, there are specific licensing requirements in place before someone can legally carry a concealed weapon. If a person is not licensed to do so and is found to be carrying a concealed weapon illegally, the consequences for a conviction of this charge can be severe.
A person who carries a concealed firearm on or about his or her person commits a felony of the third degree, punishable by up to five years in prison.
Generally speaking, a person will be granted a license to carry a concealed weapon if he or she properly applies for it and is shown to have no history of criminal conduct, substance abuse and is otherwise of age and has a valid reason for such a permit.
The illegal possession of weapons can be charged in several circumstances, and like any other weapons-related charge, the defendant can face debilitating consequences if convicted. Florida gun laws prevent the following people from possessing firearms:
Depending on the particular individual's situation, that person could be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony for illegal possession. These charges can range from a stiff fine to years in prison, again depending on the factors present.
If this all sounds confusing to you, the best way to avoid unwanted scrutiny and potential legal problems is to contact Anabelle Dias P.A. for a consultation. The attorneys at the firm will help you understand the legalities involved with weapons-related issues, and you owe it to yourself to make sure you are in compliance with the ever-changing gun laws in Florida.