Many travelers have become familiar with the increased security measures in place at airports throughout the country and around the world in the 21st Century. Melbourne is certainly no different, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) places additional focus on one of the busiest airports in Florida.
Many people find themselves placed under arrest at Titusville International Airport (MCO) as the result of simple and honest oversights, usually, mistakes made during the frantic last-minute rush to catch a flight. Unfortunately, some criminal charges have the potential to not only ruin entire vacations but cause several months of additional headaches if handled improperly.
If you were recently arrested at the airport in Cocoa Beach for any kind of alleged criminal offense, you should immediately seek legal representation. The Law Offices of James B. Coulter fights to achieve the most favorable outcomes to these types of cases for residents throughout Central Florida as well as many tourists who live in other states.
Our Brevard County airport arrest attorney understands the tremendous inconvenience that multiple court appearances can cause for many of the people facing these charges, which is why our firm will work to resolve these cases as quickly as possible. We can review your case as soon as you call (321) 586-9944 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
There is a multitude of criminal offenses that could occur at any airport. Police and TSA officers have the legal authority to arrest alleged offenders who for actions that threaten airport security or violate state or federal law.
Some of the most common offenses that travelers are charged with at Orlando International Airport include, but are not limited to:
When a person is charged with a crime relating to firearm or weapon possession at the airport near Melbourne, Florida, it is frequently because he or she either forgot it was in his or her possession or believed a valid conceal carry license authorized the possession. However, Florida Statute § 790.06(12)(a)14 states that a license to carry concealed weapons or concealed firearms issued by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services does not authorize any person to openly carry a handgun or carry a concealed weapon or firearm into:
The inside of the passenger terminal and sterile area of any airport provided that no person shall be prohibited from carrying any legal firearm into the terminal, which firearm is encased for shipment for purposes of checking such firearm as baggage to be lawfully transported on any aircraft
With the exception of law enforcement officers, the TSA prohibits all other people from carrying on any kinds of guns or firearms. Travelers can only transport unloaded firearms in locked, hard-sided containers as checked baggage that is completely secured from being accessed.
The TSA prohibits flares and gun powder including black powder and percussion caps from being checked, but the agency does allow the following types of guns and firearms to be checked:
Many people understand that bringing a controlled substance on an airplane is a violation of federal law and do not risk the potential embarrassment of having illegal drugs discovered in their luggage. However, some travelers are still arrested at the airport for possessing controlled substances when they did not realize the contraband was in their carry-on or checked baggage.
In some cases, the supposed evidence that constitutes drug possession can involve extremely minimal amounts of controlled substances such as marijuana or cocaine. In other cases, a substance may be legal in the accused’s home state but prohibited in Florida, such as when an alleged offender might be authorized in another state to carry medical marijuana.
Not every alleged crime at the airport will result in a formal arrest. In instances such as misdemeanor offenses or other minor crimes, police officers may issue a notice to appear.
Travelers who are not familiar with Florida law can mistakenly and understandably believe these forms are the same as tickets payable by mail. However, a notice to appear actually has the same effect as a formal arrest, meaning that an alleged offender who has been issued one is expected to appear in court to address the underlying criminal charge.
Alleged offenders who miss these court dates can then have warrants issued for their arrests for failure to appear. This can make bad situations much worse and lead to a person being unable to post bond after being arrested on this warrant.
Were you arrested in near Melbourne, Florida, for an alleged criminal offense at the airport? Do not waste any time in obtaining legal counsel.
The The Law Offices of James B. Coulter aggressively defends clients all over Central Florida as well as out-of-state visitors who were charged with crimes while they were on vacation. Our Brevard County airport arrest attorney will provide a complete evaluation of your case to help you understand your legal options when you call (321) 586-9944 today to set up a free, confidential consultation.