Lake County Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon
In the state of Florida, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is one of the most serious firearm charges an individual may face. While it does not seem that merely possessing a firearm would be such a big deal, it is. In fact, this second degree felony could leave you facing up to 15 years in prison if found guilty. Whether you have been arrested or are under investigation, it is essential to consult with an experienced Lake County possession of firearm attorney at once. At Adams & Luka, we understand how much is at stake; we provide clients with unsurpassed legal guidance and representation.
In choosing a defense lawyer, it is important to work with someone with experience in weapons offenses and who has secured good results for clients in your situation. The mandatory minimum sentence for those found guilty is three years, so your freedom is definitely on the line. There are various defense strategies which may prove effective in your case depending on whether your legal rights were violated by police, an illegal search or seizure performed, and other factors. We understand the tactics used by prosecutors, which makes our defense efforts even more effective.Skilled Lake County Criminal Lawyers Defending Those Charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
Convicted felons may not legally possess a firearm, electronic weapon or device, or even ammunition. When you face criminal charges, it does not mean you will automatically go to trial on the charges. Depending on the circumstances of your case, it may be possible to have charges dismissed or reduced so that penalties are less severe. If the evidence against you is overwhelming, we have the experience and skill to prepare an aggressive defense and fight for you in court. We will thoroughly explore all legal options and dig deep to find mitigating circumstances which could substantially reduce the penalties, or help reach an acquittal.
Prosecutors must prove specific elements of a crime in order for a defendant to be found guilty. In the case of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:
- You have been convicted of a felony offense previously, which means you have been found guilty in a criminal proceeding. However, if you successfully completed probation after the court withheld adjudication (judgment or a verdict), it usually means you were not convicted of a felony offense.
- Following your conviction, you knowingly had in your possession, control, care, or custody a firearm, electric device or weapon, or ammunition, or carried a concealed weapon.
If the prosecutor cannot prove these elements, you cannot be convicted of the crime of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.Contact Adams & Luka Immediately
As you can see, the punishment if found guilty is severe; you may also be subject to fines of up to $10,000. We urge you to contact our Lake County possession of firearm attorneys immediately, so that work can begin to protect your freedom and determine the most effective legal approach. Contact our firm today for a free consultation at (352) 787-2101.