Felons and delinquents; possession of firearms,
ammunition, or electric weapons or devices unlawful.—
(1) It is unlawful for any person to own or to have in his or her care, custody, possession, or control any firearm, ammunition, or electric weapon or device, or to carry a concealed weapon, including a tear gas gun or chemical weapon or device, if that person has been:
(a) Convicted of a felony in the courts of this state;
(b) Found, in the courts of this state, to have committed a delinquent act that would be a felony if committed by an adult and such person is under 24 years of age;
(c) Convicted of or found to have committed a crime against the United States which is designated as a felony;
(d) Found to have committed a delinquent act in another state, territory, or country that would be a felony if committed by an adult and which was punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year and such person is under 24 years of age; or
(e) Found guilty of an offense that is a felony in another state, territory, or country and which was punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year.
(2) This section shall not apply to a person convicted of a felony whose civil rights and firearm authority have been restored.
(3) Except as otherwise provided in subsection(4), any person who violates this section commits a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
(4) Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 874.04, if the offense described in subsection (1) has been committed by a person who has previously qualified or currently qualifies for the penalty enhancements provided for in s. 874.04, the offense is a felony of the first degree, punishable by a term of years not exceeding life or as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
Minimum Mandatory Sentencing For Actual Possession
If you are found to be in actual possession of a firearm, you are subject to day for day sentencing, with no gain time and consecutive sentencing to any other sentences. Judges cannot depart from this sentence without good cause. This gives prosecutors more power in plea negotiations.
The Charge Possession of a Firearm by a convicted Felon is subject to several enhancements, that increase the minimum and maximum punishments, including prior convictions for Possession of a Firearm by a convicted Felon, Prison Release Reoffender, Career Criminal Designation, Violent Career Criminal Designation.
If you are charged with Possession of a Firearm by a convicted Felon, it's important that you are represented by an experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact us now:
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