In Jacksonville and throughout Florida, police officers, state prosecutors, courts, and law makers take carrying concealed weapons and firearms charges extremely seriously. It is not uncommon for prosecutors to seek felony convictions and/or jail time for even first-time offenders. Without a knowledgeable and highly skilled criminal defense attorney by your side, one who knows the law and the court system, the outcomes can be disastrous.
Chapter 790 of the Florida statutes defines carrying and concealed as any weapon/firearm that is "carried on or about a person in such a manner as to conceal" it from the "sight of another person." Many times officers will simply locate a weapon in a car and charge the defendant. They are using the "on or about" language to justify the charge.
A "carrying" charge typically occurs after a traffic stop or a detainment for some other offense. The stopping officer will usually ask for weapons on your person or in your car, or may even "frisk" you or search your vehicle. There are very strict guidelines on when an officer can invade your privacy, and the lawyers at Arnold Law Firm know how to attack those cases where officers did not play by the rules.
Aside from stop issues, many of these cases can be resolved by a simple review of the facts of the case. Remember, under this chapter, the weapon or firearm must be "carried" by the defendant. Several defenses exist for the illegal carrying of a weapon or firearm including self-defense.
Besides concealed weapons, Chapter 790, Florida Statutes, also governs the carrying of weapons, bombs, firearms, or just about any other destructive device that you can think of. The chapter is lengthy and complex with many different rules and sentences for different kinds of weapons and scenarios. For example, convicted felons, juvenile delinquents, and juveniles are groups of people who are prohibited from carrying weapons and firearms. Additionally, the state can enhance or create more severe penalties when firearms are shot into a building or used during the commission of a crime.
The attorneys at Arnold Law Firm in Jacksonville, Florida, know the law, and we will fight for you during all stages of your defense. If you have been charged with carrying concealed weapons or firearms - or any other weapons charge in Florida -- do not hesitate to contact our Jacksonville criminal defense attorneys today.