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A look into felony gun charges in Florida

by | Apr 20, 2018 | Weapons Crimes |

Carrying a gun can be very dangerous in the state of Florida. It can also be risky if you are a convicted felon. Convicted felons are not allowed to be in possession of a firearm in Florida for any reason. This means that if they are stopped by the police or someone reports them and they have a gun, they are facing more fines, more jail time and additional charges.

Possession of a firearm, electronic weapon or ammunition after being convicted of a felony is a crime in Florida and at the federal level. There are two types of possession in Florida: constructive possession and actual possession. Construction possession is present when the firearm was found in your vehicle or in your home. Actual possession is present when you are found with the firearm on your person.

Being a felon in possession of a firearm is punishable with up to five years in prison or probation. It is considered a felony in the third-degree. If the prosecutor working the case was able to prove you had actual possession of the firearm, then you are required to serve a mandatory three years in prison.

In Florida, a felon is described as someone who was convicted of any felony under Florida laws or someone who was convicted of a crime outside of the state that forced him or her to serve at least one year in prison.

As you can see, the laws regarding felony gun charges in Florida are strict. It’s best to stay away from possessing a firearm if you are a convicted felon. It will help prevent you from going back to jail.