The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects every American’s right to keep and bear arms, but there are a number of laws in the state of Florida that restrict possession of firearms or other weapons. While these laws may have been intended to protect the public, their application can sometimes result in an innocent, well-meaning person facing criminal charges.
These kinds of crimes need to be taken very seriously, as convictions can result in steep fines and lengthy jail or prison sentences. In fact, certain felony offenses involving possession of a weapon or firearm may result in mandatory minimum sentencing.
If you were recently arrested for any kind of crime involving a firearm or weapon in Brevard County, you will want to contact a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. James Coulter is dedicated to protecting the rights of their clients, and they can fully investigate your case to develop the strongest possible defense.
The Law Offices of James B. Coulter serves the greater Melbourne Florida area and nearby communities in Brevard County and throughout Florida as well as providing legal representation for people arrested for weapon or firearm offenses during a temporary visit. Our firm can review your case during a free, confidential consultation when you call (321) 586-9944.
The Law Offices of James B. Coulter provides legal defense against a wide variety of alleged firearm and weapon charges, including:
While the Second Amendment indeed states that the people’s right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, that addition to the Constitution also begins with the phrase “A well-regulated militia.” The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited, and it does not prohibit federal, state, or local laws from forbidding that firearms or weapons not be carried in sensitive places, possessed by certain individuals (such as convicted felons), or commercially sold under certain conditions or qualifications.
The Second Amendment may be an applicable defense in certain cases, but one of the more common violations of an alleged offender’s rights in arrests for weapons or firearms charges concerns the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures. Any person who has been accused of a firearms or weapons offense will want to be sure to work with a skilled criminal defense attorney who can fully investigate the arrest and utilize the strongest combination of all available legal defenses.
Because many firearms and weapons crimes are classified as felonies, the potential consequences of a conviction are severe. The possible maximum punishments for each offense classification are as follows:
An innocent tourist or visitor can find themselves charged with a firearm or weapon crime in Brevard County simply because of unfamiliarity with Florida’s gun laws. This may be the case with an individual who has a valid permit from California, New York, or one of the other 15 states that Florida does not recognize permits from.
When people are arrested in these types of scenarios, they cannot afford to simply go back home and pretend that the criminal charges never happened. Failure to appear for required court dates can result in warrants being issued for the arrests of these alleged offenders, but working with a criminal defense lawyer in Palm Bay can reduce travel burdens while complying with the law in seeking a favorable resolution to the case.
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Licensing — This is the organization that administers Florida’s concealed weapon license program. On the website, you can apply for the first time or find out how to renew a license.
National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) — This website provides an overview of Florida’s gun laws and also a map of which state reciprocate Florida’s weapons permits. There are also links to news, pending legislation, and other gun rights issues.
Are you facing criminal charges for any kind of firearm or weapon crime in Brevard County? The Law Offices of James B. Coulter helps people from all over Melbourne, Satellite Beach, Palm Shores, Titusville, Rockledge, and Melbourne Beach in addition to tourists and visitors arrested on such charges in Central Florida.
Our criminal defense attorney has a wealth of experience handling these cases from both sides of the aisle, James Coulter is a former Assistant State Attorney. He can provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case when you call (321) 586-9944 to set up a free legal consultation.