Jacksonville Gun Crime Lawyer
Aggressive Defense Against Gun Crime Charges
Gun crimes are taken very seriously by the state of Florida. The state has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation. If you are accused of a gun-related crime, you could be facing a lengthy prison sentence, probation, and other severe penalties.
At First Coast Criminal Defense, we provide aggressive legal defense to those facing gun crime charges in Jacksonville and the surrounding areas. Our gun crime defense attorneys are highly skilled and have a deep understanding of state and federal gun laws. We will use our extensive knowledge and experience to build a strong defense and fight for the best possible outcome in your case.
Florida Gun Laws
Florida issues concealed carry permits to eligible individuals. Applicants must meet specific criteria, such as being at least 21 years old, completing a background check, and taking a firearms training course. Non-residents can also apply for a Florida concealed carry permit.
Open carry of firearms is generally prohibited in Florida, except for specific situations such as hunting, fishing, camping, or while traveling to and from these activities.
In Florida, there is no waiting period for the purchase of a firearm for individuals with a valid concealed carry permit. Persons aged 18 to 20 may purchase a firearm, but federal law prohibits the sale of handguns to individuals under 21 from licensed dealers. Private sales of firearms between individuals are generally allowed without a background check, although federal law still applies to certain transactions.
Federal background checks are required for firearm purchases from licensed dealers. This process is known as the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
Florida has both the "Castle Doctrine" and "Stand Your Ground" laws, which offer legal protections to individuals who use force, including deadly force, in self-defense in their homes or in public places.
Types of Gun Crimes
There are many different types of gun crimes in Florida. Some are misdemeanors, while others are serious felonies. The penalties for gun crimes vary depending on the specific crime and the circumstances surrounding it. In general, the more serious the crime, the harsher the penalties.
Some common gun crimes in Florida include:
- Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit
- Unlawful possession of a firearm
- Unlawful discharge of a firearm
- Aggravated assault with a firearm
- Aggravated battery with a firearm
- Robbery with a firearm
- Carjacking with a firearm
- Firearm trafficking
- Felon in possession of a firearm
- Using a firearm in the commission of a felony
- Unlawful sale or transfer of a firearm
Many gun crimes are felonies, which means a conviction will result in the loss of your civil rights, including your right to vote and your right to own and possess a firearm. If you are convicted of a felony in Florida, you will also have a permanent criminal record, which can make it difficult to obtain employment, housing, and loans in the future.
Defending Against Gun Crime Charges
If you are facing gun crime charges, it is important to get legal representation as soon as possible. Our gun crime defense attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation into your case and work to build a strong defense on your behalf. We will fight to protect your rights and help you navigate the legal process from start to finish.
Some common defenses against gun crime charges include:
- Stand your ground
- Mistaken identity
- Illegal search and seizure
- Illegal arrest
- Illegal police interrogation
- Violation of your Miranda rights
If you are facing gun crime charges, do not wait to contact our firm. Our experienced gun crime defense lawyers are prepared to help you fight the charges and will aggressively defend your rights every step of the way.
How First Coast Criminal Defense Can Help
Guns are a hot-button issue in the media and society today. If you are facing gun crime charges, you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. At First Coast Criminal Defense, we understand what you are going through and are here to help.
Our gun crime defense attorneys have extensive experience handling these types of cases and have a proven track record of success. We are committed to providing the personalized legal representation you need and deserve. We will answer your questions, address your concerns, and keep you informed about the progress of your case at all times.
Our gun crime defense lawyers can help you by:
- Conducting a thorough investigation into your case
- Reviewing all available evidence, including police reports, witness statements, and video surveillance footage
- Identifying any weaknesses or flaws in the prosecution's case
- Filing any necessary pre-trial motions, such as a motion to suppress evidence or a motion to dismiss the charges
- Building a strong defense strategy
- Negotiating with the prosecution to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed
- Representing you in court, if your case goes to trial
- Providing you with the aggressive and effective legal advocacy you need and deserve
If you are facing gun crime charges, do not wait to contact our firm. We are proud to serve clients throughout the greater Jacksonville area, including Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, and Neptune Beach. Our gun crime defense attorneys will fight aggressively to protect your rights and your future.