Felons and Firearms: A Serious Criminal Charge in Florida
Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is a serious crime in Florida. At The Bigney Law Firm in Orlando, Florida, our lawyers are dedicated to protecting your rights and your freedom if you have been charged with carrying a concealed firearm as a felon. We offer a free initial consultation to evaluate your case and explore defenses to your weapons violation charge.
What is Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon?
If you have been convicted of a felony such as drug possession or burglary, you cannot lawfully possess a firearm. You can be charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon if you are carrying a concealed firearm or if you have a firearm in your home or vehicle.
Florida's 10-20-Life law mandates a minimum 10-year prison term if you are convicted of committing certain felonies while possessing a firearm.
Defenses in Firearm Possession Cases
In a firearm case, a key question is whether the weapon was on you or near you. If the firearm was on your person, you face a mandatory minimum three year prison sentence. If the firearm was in your car, house or in close proximity to you, that is constructive possession and the mandatory minimum sentence does not apply. If another person was also in close proximity to the firearm, that is joint constructive possession. The weaker the link between you and the gun, the stronger your defense is.
Our attorneys will examine how police made contact with you in order to look for problems that may aid in the development of your case. If the police cannot convince the courts that they had a lawful justification to stop and search you, our experienced lawyers will win your case.
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Free Case Evaluation
If you face charges of a felon in possession of a firearm, your best defense is to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. To schedule a free case evaluation with an attorney at the Bigney Law Firm, call 407-792-2923 any time of the day or night or fill out our contact form. For your convenience, our office is located in downtown Orlando, Florida, one block behind the courthouse. Se habla Español.