Carrying a Concealed Weapon Defense Lawyer in West Palm Beach

The right to bear arms is in the United States Constitution. However, there are regulations in place, and Florida is tough on those that fail to follow them. Thus, if the prosecution charges you with carrying a concealed weapon without a valid license, you can expect the prosecution to fight vigorously to secure a conviction.

Ronald S. Chapman has over 30 years of experience defending clients facing weapons charges. As a sole practitioner, he takes the time to work directly with his clients and gather evidence to mount your defense. You do not want to face these charges alone with so much on the line. Thus, contact our West Palm Beach concealed weapon defense lawyer today.

Criteria for Securing a Conviction

To be convicted of illegally carrying a concealed weapon, the prosecutor must prove that:

  • You knew you had the weapon on or about your person.
  • You concealed it from the view of others.
  • You did not have a license to carry a concealed weapon.

Your West Palm Beach concealed weapon defense lawyer will review the circumstances of the case, including the prosecutor’s evidence. Then your attorney will take steps to reduce, dismiss, or defend the charges.

Misdemeanor And Felony Charges

If you are charged with carrying a concealed weapon other than a firearm, it will be a first-degree misdemeanor. Some examples of concealed weapons include knives, brass knuckles, and dirks. Unfortunately, jail time, probation, and a hefty fine are possible.

The potential consequences are more severe if you carry a concealed firearm without a permit. Then you will face a third-degree felony charge that includes stiffer sentencing guidelines.

The consequences can go beyond the sentence handed down by the judge. In fact, you might not be able to own a firearm again. You do not want to hand over your constitutional rights, so contact a West Palm Beach carrying a concealed weapon lawyer today.

Prohibited Places

You can also be charged with illegally carrying a concealed weapon if you have a license. For this to happen, law enforcement must prove that you carried it into a prohibited place. Such locations include federal facilities, airport terminals, polling places, detention centers, schools, and courthouses.

If you have a license and are found with a concealed weapon in a restricted site, you can be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor. Then the prosecution must prove that you willfully and knowingly carried your concealed firearm into the establishment. Thus, contact our West Palm Beach carrying a concealed weapon lawyer to build your defense.

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  • Over 30 Years of Experience – Ronald S. Chapman has represented clients facing both state and federal charges since 1990, and he has had more than 200 trials.
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  • Represents Clients in State and Federal Court – While some West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyers handle only state charges or federal charges, Ronald S. Chapman handles both types of charges ranging from state-level assault charges to federal-level drug trafficking and white-collar crimes.
  • Bilingual Legal Services – Ronald S. Chapman provides legal services in English and Spanish, so you won’t have any trouble communicating with him.

Was It Really A Firearm?

If you were charged with illegally concealing a firearm, your attorney needs to review the weapon in question. If it is not a firearm by statuary definition, your lawyer can negotiate with the prosecutor to reduce your charges. While it might still be considered a weapon, it can be reduced to a misdemeanor instead of a felony charge.

Was The Firearm Readily Accessible For Use?

Are you confused about your charges because your firearm was not readily accessible for immediate use? For instance, maybe you have a trigger lock or something else that would have prevented you from using the firearm right away. If so, discuss this with your West Palm Beach carrying a concealed weapon defense attorney. Then your lawyer can use that information when creating your defense.

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