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Enhancement of Dangerous Weapons

Enhancement of Dangerous Weapons

In Florida, you can purchase a shotgun, rifle, or handgun without a permit or license. However, to carry a gun you must have the appropriate license and certification. Although Florida is a state known for supporting its citizens’ Second Amendment rights, it’s still unlawful to commit a crime with a firearm. 

Any person who commits a crime with a firearm will be prosecuted according to Florida law. If you’re facing charges for a firearm offense, it’s important to invest in your defense right away. In Florida, The Umansky Law Firm is a trusted source of criminal defense for alleged gun crimes. Our attorneys believe in providing an opportunity for you to have a second chance, and we put our experience as former prosecutors to work for you every step of the way.

What are Common Firearm Weapon Offenses?

No matter what type of criminal charges you’re facing, the penalties become more severe if you‘re charged with an additional weapons offense. Enhancement of Dangerous Weapons often accompanies charges such as:

  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Burglary
  • Sexual Assault
  • Armed robbery
  • Kidnapping
  • … and more

If the charges you’re facing typically carry penalties associated with a second-degree misdemeanor, the addition of a weapons offense will likely increase the penalties to a third-degree felony. That’s not a charge that should be taken lightly, and a carefully planned defense strategy could help mitigate the charges and reduce the penalties you’re facing.

What is Florida’s 10-20-Life Law?

In Florida, certain crimes are subject to a mandatory sentence. Those crimes include:

  • Murder
  • Arson
  • Burglary
  • Kidnapping
  • Aggravated Child Abuse
  • Carjacking
  • Home Invasion Robbery
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Burglary of a car, boat or other vehicle

In addition to mandatory penalties for the aforementioned crimes, Florida also has a zero-tolerance law for any crime committed with a firearm. The charges for any crime committed with a firearm are automatically increased according to state law. 

If you’re charged with any of the above offenses while also brandishing a firearm, you could face a minimum 10-year prison sentence. Furthermore, if you shoot a firearm while committing one of these crimes you may face a minimum 20-year sentence. Finally, there’s a possible 25 years to life minimum sentence if you severely injure another person with a firearm while committing one of the above crimes.

What are Viable Enhancement of Dangerous Weapon Defenses?

At The Umansky Law Firm, our lawyers understand the complex nature of Florida’s criminal justice system, especially during these challenging times. It’s our belief that everyone deserves a second chance and that your life shouldn’t be defined by a single mistake. We build our defense strategies based on the facts of your case and will walk with you every step of the way through the criminal process. The most common defense strategies used for Enhancement of Dangerous Weapons crimes include:

  • Not enough evidence
  • Not your weapon
  • Not in possession of a weapon
  • Entrapment

No matter the reason you’re facing criminal charges, we take the time to know and understand the details of your case to provide the best defense strategy.

Aggressive Criminal Defense Attorneys in Central Florida

Don’t let your life be defined by a single mistake. Contact the attorneys at The Umansky Law Firm today. With more than 100 years of experience, our team of former prosecutors provides a unique point of view with every case. They’re knowledgeable in defense strategies for criminal defense cases and more. 

Talk to a real attorney now. Call 407-228-3838 or contact us online to set up your free consultation.

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