Firearms | Weapons Offenses
The Morris Law Firm, P.A. can help defend your future from firearm, gun, or weapon charges. Attorney Melinda Morris was a former State Attorney and was responsible for prosecuting a range of very serious weapon offenses, from investigation through trial. This inside knowledge can prove invaluable in defending you from these charges, whether the alleged offense occurred in Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Manatee County, Sarasota County, or any of the nearby areas.
Florida’s 10-20-LIFE Law
The Florida Legislature passed sweeping legislation that provides for enhanced minimum mandatory prison terms for offenders who commit crimes with guns:
- Mandates a minimum 10-year prison term for certain felonies, or attempted felonies, in which the offender possesses a firearm or destructive device.
- Mandates a minimum 20-year prison term when the firearm is discharged.
- Mandates a minimum 25 years to LIFE if someone is injured or killed.
- Mandates a minimum 3-year prison term for possession of a firearm by a felon.
- Mandates that the minimum prison term is to be served consecutively to any other term of imprisonment imposed.
St. Petersburg Gun Crimes Lawyer
The Morris Law Firm can defend you against various Firearm / Weapon Offenses including:
- Armed Robbery
- Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
- Illegal discharge / improper exhibition of a firearm
- Possession of a concealed weapon
- Concealing a loaded gun in a car or vehicle
- Possession of a firearm or weapon by a convicted felon
- Bringing a deadly weapon into an airport
- Juvenile in possession of a firearm
- Illegal sale of a firearm or weapon
You have a very narrow window of time between when you are arrested and when the state attorney’s office makes a decision to file a criminal charge against you. Hiring an attorney immediately to negotiate on your behalf with the state attorney’s office gives you the best chance of avoiding criminal charges.
- Face jail or prison time
- Face probation and/or community control
- Face fines
- Mandatory forfeiture of the firearm or weapon
- Be required to pay restitution
- Be required to attend substance-abuse treatment
- Be subject to random drug testing
- Be required to perform community service
- Have your employment or military service status negatively affected
- Have a permanent criminal record
Potential Defenses include:
- Failure to Read Miranda Warnings
- Illegal Search or Seizure
- Lack of Intent
- Mistaken Identity
The Morris Law Firm, P.A. St. Petersburg criminal defense attorney is dedicated to defending clients from gun, weapon, and firearm charges throughout Pinellas County. This includes St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo, Seminole, Dunedin, Bradenton, and nearby areas. Contact our offices today to learn more about how our law firm can help you find a favorable outcome.