How do I defend myself against weapons offenses in Florida?
Most weapons offenses in Florida are carrying a concealed weapon, engaged in criminal activity while in possession of a weapon, improper exhibition, and unlawfully discharging a weapon. The NRA has worked hard to maintain our second amendment rights and Americans have the right to carry a firearm. When prosecutors try to take that right, you should fight back.
The difference between you getting arrested and not getting arrested often depends on what witnesses speak to the police. If the wrong people speak to them, it can result in the wrong person getting arrested! So it may not matter if you were in the right or defending yourself. If you do find that you were wrongfully arrested, you should speak to an attorney before the prosecutor’s office files formal charges against you. Many times, we can head that off before you have to start going to court.
A “concealed weapon” means brass knuckles, slingshot, billie clubs, tear gas, mace or taser, or other deadly weapon that you carry in such a way as to conceal the weapon from the ordinary sight of others. It is usually not a good idea to bring these types of weapons into bars or crowded events, such as concerts or sports arenas.
These types of offenses are prosecuted vigorously because they can be considered crimes of violence, which make judges and prosecutors nervous. If they are too lenient on an offender and that offender goes out and hurts someone after going before them, they could be in big trouble for not dealing with the case more harshly. This is one of the reasons you need an aggressive and experienced attorney to handle these charges for you. If you want to save money, it is advisable to do that on something other than your lawyer.
If you want to learn more about when it is illegal to carry a firearm, click here.
Naturally, self-defense and stand your ground are valid in the State of Florida. If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being charged with one of these crimes despite having done nothing wrong, call us right away. It is always preferable if you to speak to an attorney before talking to the police for a number of reasons – all of which benefit you, the client. The more you talk, usually the more work for the lawyers – which means more in legal fees! No matter what the circumstances, the call to us is free. Put our experience to work for you. Call us at 407-344-4837 and speak to an expert attorney today.