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Firearms and Other Weapons: Charges and Penalties

The State of Florida has some of the heaviest punishments for criminal acts that involve the use of a firearm or other weapon. There are mandatory minimum sentencing requirements, making it impossible to avoid punishment if convicted of a variety of criminal offenses involving weapons. Some of the charges that could be very dangerous to you or your loved one if convicted include crimes such as aggravated battery with a firearm; aggravated assault with a firearm; cases in which a convicted felon is found to be in possession of a firearm; gun trafficking; cases in which it is alleged that there was an intent to commit murder or manslaughter; carrying a concealed weapon without a permit to do so legally; illegal discharge of a weapon; armed robbery; armed burglary; carjacking and others. Any such case can have very serious consequences in a conviction. You must protect yourself at once with the help of a highly qualified Miami criminal defense attorney.

At The Tomas Law Firm, our legal team takes pride in our many successes in difficult criminal cases involving firearms and other weapons. We are here to represent the criminally accused and we know how important it is that you get the help you need fast. We urge you to contact our professional Miami criminal lawyer and discuss your case immediately if you have been arrested and charged with any crime involving firearms or weapons. Although in the State of Florida we have certain rights beyond what many states have, such as the "hold your ground" law, otherwise termed the "Castle Doctrine" which protects those who have defended themselves from harm through the use of a gun, charges involving weapons and violent offenses are heavily punished.

10/20/LIFE: Penalties Imposed for Violent Crimes with Weapons

You will be required to serve a minimum sentence for certain firearms violations. The term will be served in a Florida state prison where you will be with the most dangerous offenders. These penalties include 10 years for possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime (even if it was not discharged). 20 years for the discharge of a weapon during the commission of a crime, and life in prison if any person was injured through the discharge of a weapon in the commission of a crime. The court no longer has the option to impose a lighter sentence; you will serve the mandatory minimum sentence if you are convicted. Whether you are charged with burglary, robbery, kidnapping, carjacking or other violent crime, if you are alleged to have been in possession of a firearm, the consequences in a conviction are extremely harsh. We urge you to get help on an immediate basis.

Does your case have a viable defense?

How will you know if your case can be successfully defended? There is no way to make a guess. It is absolutely critical that you get your case reviewed on an immediate basis. Every detail of what occurred must be scrutinized. Flaws and errors in police procedure, if present, can lead to a case dismissal or reduction of the criminal charge filed against you. There is no perfect case. We need to know what happened, and we are on your side, and only on your side. In the USA, you are innocent until proven guilty.

As the burden of proof lies with the prosecutor, we find the areas of weakness in the case against you to exploit and seek an advantage. This could be in challenging witness testimony, cross-examining police and other witnesses with great skill, and in reviewing all evidence carefully to find the best areas in which a defense could be employed that has a chance of success in court. We must act at once on your behalf if you hope to avoid the penalties that could be imposed in your case.

Contact our Miami firm at once if you have been arrested and charged with a weapons offense. 

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