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Sarasota Firearm Charge Defense Lawyer
Trial-Tested Experience in Florida Courts
At the Law Offices of Eric Reisinger, we bring valuable experience to people throughout the Sarasota area who have been charged with a crime. Eric Reisinger is a former prosecutor, who knows how the state evaluates and prosecutes criminal cases. We can quickly and accurately assess the strengths and weaknesses of your case, as well as when you should seek to negotiate a plea bargain and when you want to fight for your rights at trial.
Aggressive Criminal Defense Team in Sarasota, FL
Our Sarasota criminal defense firm aggressively defend anyone who has been charged with a gun or firearm crime. We will take care of all documents required by the court, and will be a strong voice for you in all hearings or proceedings, from the arraignment to trial.
We handle the defense of any type of crime involving the use of a firearm, including:
- Assault — threatening or scaring someone with a gun
- Battery – striking or shooting someone with a firearm
- Attempted murder
- Carrying a gun without the proper permit, including carrying a concealed weapon without the specific concealed weapon permit
- Carrying a gun as a convicted felon
Can I Carry a Gun Without a Concealed Weapons' Permit in Florida?
If you are 18 or older, you may carry a concealed firearm or weapon without a concealed weapons permit in Florida, so long as it is “within the interior of a private conveyance and the weapon is securely encased or is otherwise not readily accessible for immediate use.” In other words, you should not be able to reach for it and shoot.
Can You Get a Concealed Weapons Permit with a DUI in Florida?
The short answer? Yes. However, according to the eligibility requirements for a Florida concealed weapon license, there are many reasons someone could be deemed ineligible, them DUI-related. For example, two or more DUI convictions within the previous three years or a felony DUI charge (without civil or firearm rights being restored by the convicting authority) will prevent an individual from receiving a concealed weapons permit. Individuals who have only been convicted of one DUI charge in the last three years or have not been charged with a felony DUI would be considered eligible to receive a concealed weapons permit in Florida.
Do You Need a Permit to Buy a Gun in Florida?
In Florida, you do not require a permit to purchase a firearm nor is there a permit that exempts any person from the background check requirement.
Firearm Charges in Florida
There are numerous criminal offenses that involve the use, possession, and purchase of firearms and weapons in Florida. Additionally, there are also “firearm and weapons enhancements” that either increase penalties for violent crimes involving weapons or mandatory minimum prison terms.
Are Brass Knuckles Legal in Florida?
Brass knuckles are illegal in Florida. The sale and production of brass knuckles is illegal in Florida, and the statute specifically says: “Any instrument or weapon of the kind usually known as metallic knuckles.” This also takes into account the materials of what brass knuckles are made of.
Penalty for Carrying a Concealed Weapon Without a Permit
Carrying a concealed carry firearm without a valid license is a third-degree felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to five years and a maximum fine of $5,000. Carrying a concealed weapon (e.g. hunting knife, sling-shot, chemical weapon, etc.) without a permit is a first-degree misdemeanor, which carries a maximum jail term of one year and a fine no more than $1,000.
Improper Exhibition of a Weapon
Improper exhibition of a weapon means displaying a firearm or weapon to another person in a threatening, menacing, or reckless manner. This type of offense is a first-degree misdemeanor.
Firearm Possession Penalties for Felons
Since convicted felons are prohibited from carrying or owning a firearm, a felon could be facing charges for actual possession of a firearm or construction possession of a firearm (e.g. firearm is a place that a felon has control of).
Both types of possession are second-degree felonies, punishable by a maximum 15-year prison sentence and a fine of up to $10,000; however, actual possession is associated with a mandatory minimum term of three years.
Possession or Discharge of a Destructive Device
Possession or discharge of a destructive device means intentionally making, possessing, throwing, placing, projecting, or discharge a destructive device such as a bomb or explosive. While this offense is a third-degree felony, if the purpose of the crime is to damage or injure, then it is a second-degree felony.
Contact our Florida Firearm Charge Defense Lawyer Today
When you hire our firm to defend you on a gun charge, we will fully investigate the facts and circumstances of your case, including whether you were acting in self-defense or the defense of others. We will verify that police had probable cause to make any search or seizure, and that you were properly advised of your rights when taken into custody.
Not Guilty Verdict 2016 CF 004875 NC – Life Felony Second Degree Murder
Not Guilty Verdict 2017 CF 000169 – Life Felony Armed Robbery
Successful Resolution 2017 CF 002479 AX – 15 Counts of Possession of Child Pornography
Not Guilty Verdict 2017 MM 11498 – Misdemeanor Battery and Misdemeanor Sex Offense -Unnatural and Lascivious Act
Case Dismissed 2018 CF 000323 – Two Counts Felony Battery on a Person 65 or Older
Case Dismissed 2018 CF 002675 AX–Felony Battery on a Person 65 or Older
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