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Florida’s 10-20-Life firearm law can lead to decades in prison

A firearm charge in the state of Florida is a serious matter. Florida prosecutors try relentlessly to obtain a conviction, triggering Florida’s 10-20-Life penalty. Escalating violent crimes involving firearms prompted lawmakers to institute this policy as a gun deterrent. The Kissimmee weapon & firearm attorneys of Salazar & Kelly Law Group, P.A. are former prosecutors who know the effects such a sentence can have on your life. If you are afraid of what may happen following a conviction for a weapons offense, we can help.

Florida’s firearm policy

Florida’s firearm laws bring major sanctions for using a weapon in the course of a felony. The 10-20-Life policy for a firearm charge conviction is enforced as follows:

  • A minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years for possession a gun during the commission of a crime, such as assault or robbery

  • A minimum mandatory sentence of 20 years for firing a gun during the commission of a crime

  • A mandatory sentence of 25 years to life for shooting a person during the course of a crime

If you have been charged with using a firearm during a crime, you may lose decades of your life to prison. An experienced criminal attorney may be able to help.

We handle all types of Florida weapons charges

Guns are highly regulated under Florida law, and it is easy to run afoul of the law without even realizing it. Crimes we often see include:

  • Unlawful possession of a firearm An unlawful possession charge may be a misdemeanor or a felony, and if you are convicted, it could result in a substantial fine and possible prison time. If the individual convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm is a felon, the person may be given a three-year-minimum sentence, whether or not a crime was committed.

  • Illegal sale of a firearm Gun dealers in the state of Florida are required to adhere to very specific procedures with any sale of a gun or weapon. If the unlawful sale of a weapon or firearm is conducted by an unlicensed dealer, the person may be charged with a felony criminal charge, depending upon how many weapons were sold and how the guns were obtained.

  • Discharge of a firearm in public If you fire a gun in public, you may be charged with a first-degree felony or worse depending on your proximity to other buildings during the act, your criminal history and other factors.

  • Weapons trafficking — Gun trafficking and weapons smuggling are extremely serious charges. In addition to charges from the state of Florida, you may also face federal weapons charges. A conviction results in very severe penalties.

If you were caught with an illegal weapon or charged with a federal weapons offense or a related crime, you could be facing significant jail time.

Contact us if you have been charged with a weapons offense

Salazar & Kelly Law Group, P.A. provides legal services throughout Florida, including Kissimmee, Orlando and the surrounding communities. We have handled hundreds of criminal cases and we understand what defendants face. If you have been charged with a gun crime, call us at 407-483-0500 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation about our services.

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