Weapons Offenses

Florida gun laws are strict. They are meant to deter unsafe conduct, protect public safety and keep guns out of the hands of certain people. Weapons and firearm offenses are serious in every respect. Prosecutors will aggressively pursue maximum penalties, and the courts will not look highly on prior offenders or those exhibiting disrespect for the law or public safety.

Effective Defense Against Weapons Charges

If you or a loved one has been charged with a weapons offense in Florida, determined and experienced legal representation is a must. The penalties, including jail or prison, probation and heavy fines, should convince you that relying on a public defender or self-representation is not in your best interest.

I am D. Scott Rieth, a firearm possession defense attorney with more than 20 years of legal experience. I am a former state prosecutor with intimate knowledge of the state and federal criminal justice system in the region.

Contact me at 941-404-4192 or 888-352-3179 toll free. I offer free initial consultations, and I am responsive 24/7. I can intervene with the prosecutor in your case immediately, and I can fight for your best possible outcome.

Protecting Your Rights, Mitigating Penalties You Face

Defense against a weapons charge or gun charge is three-fold: (1) You need a Florida criminal defense attorney who will independently investigate your case and create and unique defense strategy; (2) your attorney should go to bat for you, and negotiate for reduced charges or dismissal of charges with the prosecution; (3) your attorney should vigorously protect your rights with immediate response.

Weapons And Firearms Charge Penalties

Carrying A Concealed Weapon

  • Up to one year in county jail, one year of probation and $1,000 in fines
  • Includes a long list of deadly weapons that may be arguable in respect of their deadly capabilities

Carrying A Concealed Firearm

  • Up to five years in prison, five years of probation and $5,000 in fines

Improper Exhibition Of A Weapon

  • Up to one year in county jail, one year of probation and $1,000 in fines
  • This includes exhibiting a dangerous weapon or firearm in a rude, careless, angry or threatening manner (e.g., brandishing or firing a gun) in the presence of one or more other people.

Possession Of A Firearm By A Convicted Felon

  • Up to 15 years in prison, 15 years of probation and $10,000 in fines

There are several possible defenses against weapons charges. Florida issues concealed weapons permits and honors such permits issued in other states to out-of-state visitors in Florida. Traveling to or from a hunting, camping or fishing outing; a gun show; or a gun club allows for carrying of a firearm. Additionally, exceptions for concealed firearms in a home, place of business or personal vehicle are lawful under certain conditions.

In the case of possession by a convicted felon, restoration of felons' civil rights may include the right to carry a weapon, but that often doesn't include the right to possess a firearm.

If you are facing any type of weapon or gun charge, call me today.

Call A Concealed Firearm Defense Lawyer

Contact me today to schedule a free and confidential initial consultation at 941-404-4192 or 888-352-3179 toll free.