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Tampa Weapon Charges Defense Lawyer

If you or a loved one is involved in a crime, federal prosecutors will go after the most severe charges and consequences. If you are arrested on any crime which involves a gun, talk to me today and assemble a strong defense. It is vital to take action swiftly if you have been detained for a weapons charge.

There are specific requirements in Florida for legally purchasing and owning a firearm. If the steps are not followed concisely, you may be charged with unlawful possession of that firearm. The penalty for conviction under this charge may result in a misdemeanor or a felony and include heavy fines and jail time. Felons may not carry firearms in Florida. If you have been charged with a weapons charge already, and you are arrested again for owning an illegal weapon, you may be looking at up to three (3) years in confinement.

The severity of punishment depends on how the gun was used in a crime, but most often, the offender will serve time in jail, especially if the offender was convicted of a violent crime. You may even be convicted even if you possess a gun license if you have already been convicted for a violent crime.

Weapon charges are any crime(s) that involve a firearm and may include:

  • Gun trafficking
  • Use of a weapon in advancement of a drug trafficking crime
  • Armed robbery or assault with a deadly weapon
  • Possession of illegal weapons
  • Unlicensed concealed weapons
  • Possession of an unregistered handgun
  • Illegal possession of a knife, box cutter, firearm, or other illegal weapons in an airport or other restricted areas
  • Weapons charges from out of drug-crime prosecution
  • Unlawful discharge of a firearm

For example, you may be pulled over for a traffic violation, but instead end up with a felony charge because you were improperly carrying a gun in your vehicle. As a convicted felon, you will be unable to legally own a gun for the rest of your life; all for doing something you did not even know was a violation of the law. Non-residents are also able to be charged under gun control laws.

Weapon charges are usually part of a larger criminal investigation. If you have been arrested for this charge, contact me at 813.204.9070 without delay to schedule a free consultation. If you have been arrested for a crime, remember, you still have rights.