How to Deal with Firearm Possession Charges as a Minor
According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, a minor has been arrested and stands accused of firing a gun at a house party near Apopka Saturday night and wounding nine people. It is unclear why the shooting occurred but the teen that opened fire has been charged with several crimes including possession of a firearm by a minor.
Possession of a Firearm by a Minor in Apopka
Weapons possession without the permits or credentials can be a serious crime. When it is a minor, the consequences are a little different but it is still a serious crime. The suspect in this case is a 17-year-old male who is now being held at a juvenile detention center.
He has been charged with eight counts of attempted second-degree murder with a firearm and one count each of carrying a concealed firearm, shooting into an occupied dwelling and possession of a firearm by a minor, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.
The Palm Beach Post article said the teen pulled a handgun and fired several shots inside the house before fleeing in an SUV. It has been concluded that the teen was the only shooter. Nine people were injured, three of which took themselves to area hospitals. Two of the victims had to undergo surgery and one is rumored to be in critical condition.
Possession of a Firearm by a Minor and the Law
According to Florida Statutes 790.22, a minor under the age of 18 years old may not possess a firearm other than an unloaded firearm at his or her home, unless the minor is engaged in lawful hunting activity and is at least 16 years old or supervised by an adult. This also applies to lawful events like marksmanship competition or practice.
If a minor violates any of the above conditions, it is a first-degree misdemeanor, which can result in 3 days in a secure detention facility and 100 hours of community service in addition to suspending the minor’s driver’s license. A second offense is a third-degree felony with 15 days of detention and 100 – 250 hours of community service.
Possession of a Firearm Criminal Defense
Committing a crime and being convicted as a minor can set you up for failure for the rest of your life. If you have been charged with any crime as a minor, you need the help of a criminal defense lawyer. While a few days in detention might not sound like much, a criminal defense lawyer can help you keep your record clean so you don’t have a criminal history following you around for the rest of your life.