Firearm Offenses in South Florida
Facing Firearm Charges or Weapons charges in Fort Lauderdale or anywhere in South Florida?
South Florida Firearm Offenses
Joseph A. Bosco is an experienced gun crimes lawyer.
There are various types of weapons charges and these charges can be either felonies or misdemeanors. The term “weapon” encompasses more than just a firearm. The term “weapon” can mean many things within the meaning of Florida law. A weapon can be a knife, baseball bat, brass knuckles or more.
If an individual is arrested and charged with a gun crime in South Florida, having the right criminal lawyer represent you can mean the difference between effective representation and potential incarceration. You should ask your lawyer what experience he has actually handling both weapons charges and/or firearm charges.
The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees American citizens the right to bear arms. However, the laws regarding firearms are strictly enforced in both the State and Federal systems. At the Law Offices of Joseph A. Bosco, we have the knowledge and experience to aggressively and effectively represent you if you have been arrested for a weapons offense or a firearm offense in Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach or Miami. For years, criminal defense lawyer Joseph Bosco has provided effective representation for clients charged with firearm offenses and weapons crimes throughout the greater South Florida area. Individuals charged with gun crimes may lose the right to own a weapon and further, face steep fines and the possibility of jail time if convicted of a weapons charge. Choosing the correct attorney can make all the difference.
In Florida, there are several different types of weapons and firearm charges, some of which include:
- Unlawful possession of a firearm
- Illegal sale of a firearm
- Carrying a concealed firearm
- Unlawful discharge of a firearm
- Manufacturing of firearms
- Using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Brandishing a firearm
- Juvenile in possession of weapon
Florida and “10-20-LIFE”
Florida law also features a “10-20-Life” mandatory minimum sentencing scheme. In other words, using a gun during a crime carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in Florida State Prison, firing the gun during a crime will bring you mandatory minimum of 20 years prison and shooting someone gets you a sentence of 25 years to life in prison. It is important that you hire a criminal defense lawyer with the know-how to navigate these serious charges and understand the stakes when dealing with mandatory minimums.
There are also other specific legal issues that may arise during this type of criminal litigation (ex. Stand Your Ground). An individual charged with a gun or weapons crime may also have grounds for a downward departure when appropriate mitigating circumstances exist. Your lawyer should be intimately familiar with any and all of these legal issues and how they may apply to your case.
Find out how the Law Offices of Joseph A. Bosco can help protect your constitutional rights in the face of gun crimes charges. We have been practicing in South Florida for over a decade and we have the knowledge and experience to help get you through this difficult time. At the Law Offices of Joseph A. Bosco, we are always on your side! Call us today at 954.888.8998 ex.2 or if you’re in the Palm Beach County area call 561-515-7273. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or submit your request here online.