How to Resolve a Weapons Case in West Palm Beach
Weapons charges are a serious offense in the state of Florida. A criminal defense lawyer understands how it is extremely common for people to illegally carry and improperly use weapons. Only this morning, a deadly shooting occurred in front of Jimmy’s Cafe, a local West Palm Beach night club. A teenage girl was killed.
Weapons in West Palm Beach
A deadly shooting occurred late Friday right in front of a local West Palm Beach night club. What has now been identified to be a stolen, blue SUV drove into the parking lot of Jimmy’s Café, 1999 S. Military Trail, and fired shots into the group of people leaving the club.
A 17-year-old girl was killed.
Police located the stolen vehicle near the intersection of Military Trail and 10th Avenue North. The police chased the suspects who attempted to escape on foot. Gun shots were fired by the suspects and the police. There were no injuries.
Only one of the suspects is reported to be in custody.
Weapons Charges in Florida
A criminal defense lawyer can help you if you have been arrested on weapons charges, including the following:
- Carrying a concealed weapon
- Improper exhibition of a weapon
- Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
- Aggravated battery with a deadly weapon
- Possession of a weapon by a convicted felon
- Firing or shooting an object into an occupied building
Having a criminal defense lawyer on your side is extremely important because in Florida, many weapons charges are subject to mandatory minimum prison sentences of at least three years. Even if you are not facing prison time, a conviction on a weapons charge could have a very negative effect on your life. Most employers do not want to hire an employee with a criminal record. Florida landlords conduct background checks of prospective renters, so a conviction could also affect your ability to rent an apartment.
Weapons cases may be resolved without a criminal record if your criminal defense lawyer has you immediately perform community service, complete a weapons class, and apologize to the victim (if there was one). It is essential that the state’s charging attorney understand who you really are, while providing evidence that shows you are much more than what the law enforcement agent makes you out to be.
Being proactive in a weapons case can often make the difference between facing felony or misdemeanor charges, or whether any charges are filed at all.
Be proactive and contact an experience criminal defense lawyer to help you and support you.