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The Florida Legislature takes firearms and weapons offenses cases very seriously. Their intent to prosecute these cases seriously can be seen in the penalties that include minimum-mandatory sanctions and the 10-20-LIFE statute. Anytime a firearm is used in the commission of a felony or is the subject matter of the crime, Prosecutors will often seek the harshest penalties available to them. If you are accused of using a firearm in the course of a robbery, assault, or drug trafficking case, the State may seek increased periods of incarceration through enhancements on the criminal punishment scoresheet. Furthermore, simply being in possession of a firearm while as a convicted felon could subject you to a minimum-mandatory period of incarceration.
Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony will also subject you to the 10-20-LIFE law. Pursuant to Florida Statute §775.087, any person who is convicted of an enumerated offense is subject to a minimum mandatory sentence of:
Ten (10) years if they were in possession of a firearm;
Twenty (20) years if the firearm was discharged during the course of the crime; and
25 (twenty-five) years to LIFE if anyone was seriously injured or dies as a result of the discharge
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Gun and Firearm Defense
Attorney Michael Zmijewski has represented many clients charged with weapons offenses over the course of the past decade. He has handled everything from Possession of a Concealed Firearm to Murder. In every case involving a firearm, Attorney Zmijewski will carefully comb through the evidence looking for possible defenses to the charge. Potential defenses in a weapons offense case might include:
Did the Officer discover the gun/firearm subsequent to an illegal search or seizure?
Were you in actual possession or constructive possession of the firearm?
Did law enforcement properly preserve the evidence for fingerprint analysis?
Did law enforcement properly preserve evidence for gun residue analysis?
Was the firearm capable of firing?
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Skilled and Experienced Criminal Defense
If you or a loved one has been charged with a firearm, gun, or weapons offense, call to speak with Attorney Michael Zmijewski. He has years of experience in defending clients charged with firearm, gun, and weapons offenses. Put his experience to work for you today.