Except for a few select locations, a Florida resident is allowed to carry a concealed firearm or weapon so long as he or she has obtained a concealed weapon license from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. However, a person who carries a concealed firearm or weapon without such a permit faces extremely serious criminal charges.
People are frequently arrested for this crime when they had absolutely no criminal intent. For instance, a person lawfully transporting a legally obtained firearm locked away in the glove compartment of his or her automobile may still be charged with this offense.
Have you been arrested for carrying a concealed firearm or weapon in South Florida? Working with experienced legal counsel can dramatically help you achieve the best possible outcome to your case.
The Palm Beach County carrying a concealed weapon attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. assist clients facing these charges in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Greenacres, Jupiter, and several other nearby communities. Our firm will provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon as you call (561) 283-3259 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
Under Florida Statute § 790.01, there are two criminal charges for an unlicensed person carrying concealed weapons:
Florida Statute § 790.01(4) notes that it is not a violation for a person to carry the following in a concealed manner for purposes of lawful self-defense:
Prosecutors take these criminal charges very seriously and will aggressively pursue lengthy terms of imprisonment for alleged offenders. Depending on the specific offense, a conviction can possibly result in:
In the case of carrying a concealed firearm, a felony conviction would actually result in the alleged offender being prohibited under Florida Statute § 790.23 from owning or having in his or her care, custody, possession, or control any firearm, ammunition, or electric weapon or device. He or she would have to wait eight years before being eligible to apply for Restoration of Firearm Authority with the Florida Office of Executive Clemency.
These types of cases are rarely black and white matters. Oftentimes, alleged offenders have multiple aspects unique to their circumstances that may allow for defenses that include, but are not limited to:
If you have been charged with carrying a concealed firearm or weapon in South Florida, it is critical to get legal representation as soon as possible for favorable progress in negotiations with prosecutors. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. represents clients in Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, and many surrounding areas.
Our firm has criminal jury trial experience both as prosecutors and public defenders, and we make ourselves accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can have our West Palm Beach carrying a concealed weapon attorneys review your case during a free, no obligation consultation by calling (561) 283-3259 right now.