Certain things can add a whole new level of seriousness to being accused of a crime here in Florida. One is if a person is accused of having used or displayed a firearm in connection to the alleged crime. For a wide range of criminal offenses, such an allegation can greatly increase the charges and penalties a suspect could be facing. Today, we will go over three examples of this.
Guns and battery
In Florida, the basic charge of battery can sometimes be as low as a misdemeanor charge. However, being accused of battery using a firearm is one of the things that can lead to a person facing charges of aggravated battery rather than basic battery. Aggravated battery is always a felony here in Florida.
Guns and burglary
There are three felony degrees the crime of burglary can fall under in Florida: third, second and first. First is the most severe, and this is the degree that burglary while armed with a gun or other dangerous weapon falls under. So, being accused of having a gun during a burglary can lead to a person facing the most severe of burglary charges, where life in prison is a possible punishment.
Guns and robbery
Life in prison is also a possibility if a person is convicted of robbery with a gun or other deadly weapon. Meanwhile, robbery without a gun can fall into lower degrees of robbery where a life sentence isn’t on the table.
And these are just three examples. There are numerous circumstances under which being accused of having a gun at the time of an alleged crime can have major implications on the severity of a suspect’s situation. Skilled attorneys can help individuals facing gun-related criminal accusations with protecting their rights in these particularly high-stakes cases.