Concealed Weapons Attorney Tampa
Firearms are a hot topic in Florida today as well as across the nation. With some people strongly for gun control and some strongly against gun control, there is a constant fight regarding the Second Amendment and whether or not gun laws violate our Second Amendment rights. Regardless of the gun control debate, you should be aware of what Florida’s gun laws are to ensure you are not charged with unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon or any other Florida weapons charge. The laws are not always clear and easy to understand.
As such, if you are facing a concealed weapons charge, you should consider speaking with a qualified Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney who can help you understand the criminal charge(s) you are facing. Marc A. Joseph, P.A. has extensive experience handling concealed weapons charges, helping his clients overcome such charges in the most reasonable way possible.
Carrying Concealed Weapons in Florida
Under Florida law, an individual may be charged with and found guilty of carrying a concealed weapon in a couple of ways. First, if an individual is carrying a concealed weapon or electric weapon or device, he or she commits a first degree misdemeanor which carries with it the potential for jail time not to exceed one year and the imposition of a fine not to exceed $1,000. Second, if an individual is carrying a concealed firearm, he or she commits a third degree felony which carries with it the potential for jail time not to exceed five years and the imposition of a fine not to exceed $5,000.
It is important to know that there is an exception to Florida’s concealed weapons laws. Chemical sprays and other self-defense devices may be carried in a concealed manner for only the purpose of self-defense, so long as the object is non-lethal. It isn’t always easy to prove that a particular concealed weapon or device is intended for self-defense purposes. This is why it is crucial to have a strong advocate by your side to argue the facts of your case that prove your innocence. The issue of self-defense is sometimes intertwined with a concealed weapons charge in Florida, so having the right attorney handle your case will provide you with the best chance possible of showing that you are not guilty and do not deserve to face jail time or other penalties.
What if I Have a Florida Carry Conceal License?
If you are a Florida citizen, there are steps you can take to obtain a carry conceal license that allows you to lawfully possess a concealed weapon. Individuals who pass a background check and undergo the required training classes may be eligible for obtaining a license to carry a concealed weapon. What many carry conceal license holders do not know, however, is that there are certain types of weapons that fall outside the scope of their license to carry a concealed weapon. Even if carry conceal license holders are provided information about what weapons can be carried in a concealed way and what weapons cannot, it is likely that there are going to be at least some gun owners with carry conceal licenses in Florida who are not aware of what weapons cannot be carried in a concealed manner.
Therefore, some carry conceal license holders have faced carry conceal weapons charges in Florida for possessing a non-eligible weapon in a concealed manner. This is very important to understand because this means that regardless of whether or not you have a carry conceal license in Florida, you are at risk for violating Florida law by unlawfully possessing a concealed weapon.
If the proper steps are not taken to obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon, and you are found to be carrying a concealed weapon in violation of Florida law, you may have a criminal conviction on your record that makes it difficult for you to obtain employment or go to school in the future. There are a great number of Florida residents who get away with unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon on a regular basis, so long as they are careful. However, the risk of violating a very strict law is certainly not worth it when the result of a conviction can be a variety of undesirable consequences as explained below.
Understanding the Consequences of a Florida Concealed Weapons Conviction
In addition to facing potential jail time and fines for a Florida concealed weapons conviction, you may have a criminal record that haunts you for the foreseeable future. This can be especially traumatic for young adults planning to attend college and begin a career. While some employers and universities may be more lenient when it comes to a criminal record, many employers and universities may be troubled by the nature of the criminal conviction. Even though violence is not necessarily involved with the act of carrying a concealed weapon, anyone looking at your criminal record may associate a weapon with violence. This paints a negative picture that does not accurately represent who you truly are. Because there is so much at stake that goes beyond jail time and paying fines, it cannot be repeated enough that a quality attorney is essential to surpassing a tough criminal charge.
Marc A. Joseph, P.A. provides his clients will all of the tools and information they need to move forward and fight the concealed weapons charge against them. By deciding to work with Marc A. Joseph, P.A., clients will know what the worst case scenario is and how particular options may be taken in order to prevent the worst case scenario. This could mean dismissal of your claim, a negotiated plea deal, or other measures to keep you out of jail. Taking on a criminal charge without the help of an attorney is a risk that should be seriously considered before making the decision to move forward on behalf of yourself, acting pro se. Having an attorney not only relieves some of the stress of facing a criminal charge, but it also provides you with some confidence in knowing that someone else is looking out for your best interests.
Contact Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney Marc A. Joseph, P.A. Today for a Free Consultation
While there are ways to lawfully carry a concealed weapon, if the proper steps are not taken to obtain lawful permission, then the consequences of carrying a concealed weapon could be devastating if you face jail time. Even if carrying a concealed weapon does not seem like it should be a serious crime (especially when a weapon is not loaded and nobody is harmed), a conviction may have serious consequences that do not always fit the crime. With more than 15 years of experience, Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney Marc A. Joseph, P.A. takes each client’s criminal charge(s) very seriously, providing the same diligent and thorough legal representation to each and every client. If there is a way to have your concealed weapon charge resolved without jail time, it is imperative that you act quickly to speak with an attorney. If you would like to speak with Defense Attorney Marc A. Joseph, P.A. about the criminal charge(s) you are facing, contact our office today by calling (813) 234-6374 to schedule your free consultation. Marc A. Joseph, P.A. is available 24/7 to answer your questions and address your concerns.