Standing Up For Your Rights

Don’t Lose Your Right To Bear Arms

A weapons offense in Florida can come with harsh sentences that can lead to long jail sentences, expensive fines and the possibility of never being able to own a firearm again. If you are a gun owner in Florida, you have legal rights. However, a criminal conviction can take those rights away. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney to help protect your future.

At Norgard & Chastang in Bartow, our criminal defense attorneys fight aggressively for the most favorable outcome possible in your case. Our attorneys are board-certified in criminal trial law by The Florida Bar showing our immense experience and knowledge of the local criminal justice system. We know how to craft the best defenses to preserve your freedom and rights.

Helping You Avoid Harsh Criminal Penalties

Although the Second Amendment gives you the right to bear arms, federal and state laws have parameters and regulations to ensure everyone’s safety. If you violate a weapons law, you could face years in prison and lose your right to own a firearm in the future.

Common weapons charges in Florida include:

  • Illegal possession of a firearm
  • Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit
  • A felon in possession of a firearm
  • Improper discharge
  • Committing other crimes with a deadly weapon
  • Gun trafficking
  • Drug crimes committed with a firearm

If you commit a crime and use or show a deadly weapon, such as assault or robbery, your charges may also include a weapons crime, which can lead to additional penalties and multiple convictions. For these cases, Florida has a 10-20-to-life law, setting strict guidelines as to how many years you could face in prison for certain charges.

For example, the minimum mandatory sentence for carrying a weapon but not using it while committing another crime is an additional ten years in prison on top of the sentence for the underlying offense. If you discharge a weapon even when no one is injured, you receive a minimum addition of 20 years in prison. If, while committing a crime, someone is shot or killed, the punishment is an extra 25 years to life in prison.

Let Us Fight For You

At Norgard & Chastang, our attorneys are familiar with the various available defenses to weapons charges. We thoroughly review your case and any evidence against you to best advise you on your next steps and possible defense. To schedule a free consultation at our Bartow office, call us at 863-354-0508 or complete our online contact form.