Penalties for Weapons Crimes in Florida

Penalties for Weapons Crimes in Florida

Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 21-Apr-2017

Florida is extremely strict when it comes to prosecuting weapons crimes. If you’ve been accused, be sure to hire a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible who can help defend your rights and your freedom. A felony charge can follow you for the rest of your life, and the social stigma of being a felon can make it difficult for most people to get hired and hold a good job.

The most common weapons and firearm offenses include:

  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Carrying a concealed firearm
  • Improper exhibition of a dangerous weapon or firearm
  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Possession or discharge of destructive device

Misdemeanor Weapons Crimes in Florida

In Florida, there are two misdemeanor weapons charges: carrying a concealed weapon and improper exhibition of a dangerous weapon or firearm are considered misdemeanors, and both are in the first degree. If convicted, the accused could get up to 1 year in jail, up to 1 year of probation, and be fined up to $1,000 in legal penalties.

Felony Weapons Crimes in Florida

All other weapons offenses are felonies. Carrying a concealed firearm is a third-degree felony and is assigned a Level 5 offense severity ranking under Florida’s Criminal Punishment Code. A conviction could lead to up to 5 years in prison, up to 5 years of probation, and fines of up to $5,000.

Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is a second-degree felony and is a Level 5 offense. Under Florida’s 10-20-Life law, a felon who is found to be in possession of a firearm is required to serve a 3-year minimum mandatory sentence. A conviction could also lead to up to 15 years in prison, up to 15 years of probation, and fines of up to $10,000.

Discharge of destructive device comes with several other potential charges, including the following:

  • Simple possession or discharge of destructive device
  • Possession or discharge with intent to damage or injure
  • Discharge of destructive device causing property damage or injury
  • Discharge of destructive device causing death

A simple possession conviction is a third-degree felony and is a Level 6 offense. It could lead to up to 15 years in prison, up to 15 years of probation and up to $10,000 in fines. The punishments can go up from there, however. Discharging the device and causing damage or injury can get a person up to 30 years in prison, up to 30 years of probation, and up to $10,000 in fines. If the device caused a death, the person could be convicted of life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death sentence.

Consult a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

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