Florida Representative Jim Boyd filed House Bill 947, requiring a mandatory minimum prison sentence on convicted felons if they are caught carrying a gun, are attempting to commit a crime with a gun or are in commission of a crime with a gun, the Bradenton Herald reports. As Florida is now gearing up its gun crime laws, one should gear up one’s defenses to those laws.
The bill, proposed by one of Florida’s more pro-prison representatives, will be an amendment to Florida’s current 10-20-life law, which set minimum prison sentences for anyone convicted of a gun-related crime.
Jacksonville gun crimes may seem like very specific and overt acts, such as robbing a store with a gun or pulling a gun on someone during a fight. However, gun crimes can be very broad yet simple, such as merely having a gun in a vehicle one is driving.
Under Federal Statute 18 U.S.C. §922, if a person is convicted of a felony, that person cannot possess a firearm or ammunition. This law is typically meant to protect citizens from those felons who would be violent if they were allowed to possess a firearm. However, not all felons are violent.
Take this situation for example: Someone is convicted of grand larceny, typically a non-violent felony; the person serves their time and is released. Six months later, the same person is stopped while driving somewhere by a police officer; the vehicle is searched, and ammunition is found in the glove compartment, but no gun. Under federal law, that person is guilty of possession of ammunition by a felon, a gun related crime. Under the 10-20-life law, this felon will receive a set minimum prison sentence, which will soon be enhanced, if House Bill 947 is passed.
In these sorts of situations, felons will be facing major sentences for relatively minor offenses that fall under the felony category. The light at the end of the tunnel can seem dim or non-existent. If one obtains an experienced Jacksonville gun-crimes lawyer to mount the best defense possible, one will have a better chance of making it out of the tunnel with hope for the future and putting the gun charge in the past.
The only logical choice in this situation is to fight the charge. One needs a knowledgeable and experienced Jacksonville gun crimes lawyer to fight for their case. Don’t allow your life to be ruined by a gun crime charge. Defend yourself.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
Boyd calls for stiffer punishment when felons use guns: Mandatory minimums called for when criminals use firearms , Marc R. Masferrer, The Bradenton Herald
18 U.S.C. §922, United States Senate, United States Code