Concealed Weapons Offenses

South Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer

About Your Rights
The Second Amendment reads:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

There is a way to lose this right, of course; you only have to be convicted of any felony, whether it’s gun-related or not.

Concealed Weapons Offenses in Florida
Much like every other U.S. state, Florida allows individuals of a certain age to legally own and carry firearms once they complete a training course and pass stringent background checks and other requirements in order to qualify for a permit. Florida takes everything about firearms very seriously, from licenses and permits to infractions… and perceived infractions.

Since gun laws are a sensitive subject with highly debatable interpretations, people who carry guns may experience the bias of public officials and law enforcement, giving them a less-than-fair shake against alarming accusations of unlawful gun-related activity.

One of the most common gun-related arrests in Florida involves guns that are not “securely encased,” or properly secured in a box, container, holster, or other container that must be opened or unfastened in order for you to access the firearm. This kind of law, though very easy to overlook, carries stiff and lasting penalties if broken.

If you are caught carrying a concealed weapon on property not belonging to you, and you don’t have a Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP), the prosecutor may charge you with a third degree felony. If convicted, one infraction carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.

If you are arrested for carrying a handgun or other weapon, do not threaten anyone. A competent Florida defense attorney will know how to handle the legalities of your situation in a way that protects your rights and helps your defense instead of damaging it. Have patience, do not create a negative altercation, and do not say anything that could come back to haunt you.

Possession of a Weapon
Even if you own a firearm but don’t need a carry permit, the State of Florida has strict regulations regarding the purchase of a gun. When you buy a gun, you must register with the state. Florida law prohibits these individuals from owning any kind of gun:

  • Persons under a restraining order or domestic violence injunction
  • Recovering drug addicts and alcoholics
  • Persons who are mentally ill or impaired
  • Juveniles handling a gun without direct parental supervision (specifically, anyone younger than 16)
  • Persons with any felony conviction

Florida Weapons Charges Defense Attorney
To avoid a felony conviction, prison time, expensive fines, and the loss of your personal rights, please contact weapons charge defense lawyer Charles Mead as soon as possible. Attorney Mead has two decades of experience defending those accused of serious crimes, and he will work one-on-one with you to build a powerful defense.

Please call Boca Raton attorney Charles Mead at  at (561) 362-6677 in Boca Raton, (561) 366-9565 in West Palm Beach, or (954) 493-7474 in Fort Lauderdale.

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