Weapon charges, especially those involving firearms, are prosecuted harshly in Florida, and at The Law Office of Tiffany H. Poore, we have defended every type. Attorney Tiffany Poore has extensive knowledge and experience with these types of cases from her experience as an Assistant Public Defender in the Major Crimes division and as an attorney at the Regional Conflict Counsel.
Gun charges can carry enhanced penalties under the 10-20-Life Law. If a firearm was used in the commission of a crime, a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years applies. If a firearm was discharged during the commission of a crime but no one was injured, a minimum mandatory sentence of 20 year attaches. And finally, a mandatory life sentence if a gun was used causing great bodily harm or death. Additionally, there is another part to the statute that enhances certain felony charges to the next level (3rd to 2nd, 2nd to 1st, 1st to Life) if a firearm or weapon is carried, displayed, used, threatened to be used, or attempted to be used or if an aggravated battery is committed during the commission of the crime.
Early contact with the State Attorney’s Office can be key in many of these cases where negotiation can prevent the filing of enhancements and minimum mandatory sentences attaching. These cases are complicated, and you need an experienced criminal attorney to ensure the best possible defense.
Certain gun charges do not carry the 10-20-Life sentencing; however, they are just as serious. These charges include Carrying a Concealed Firearm or Weapon, Improper Exhibition of a Firearm of Weapon, Discharging Firearm in Public, and Discharging a Firearm from a Vehicle. Furthermore, those who have been previously convicted of a felony and are found in possession of a firearm may face a 3-year minimum mandatory sentence.
Weapon and gun charges are extremely serious and carry severe consequences. If you have been arrested in Jacksonville or Northeast Florida for a gun or weapon offense, contact The Law Office of Tiffany H. Poore for your free consultation.