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Weapons Charges in South Florida

1FORT PIERCE, Fla.– An 18-year-old Fort Pierce Central High School student has been arrested for bringing a gun to the school.

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office says a school resource deputy arrested Jabaui Terrell German thanks to a confidential tip.

“A tip from Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers indicated that a student at Fort Pierce Central High School wearing a light blue shirt had a gun in his ‘Iverson’ book bag,” said St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara in a written release.

“Crime Stoppers passed the tip to deputies assigned to the high school…deputies located the student… grabbed his book bag and took the student into custody.”

The Sheriff said deputies found a .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol as well as a clip loaded with four bullets. He’s charged him with carrying a concealed firearm and possession of a firearm on school property.

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.

Many weapons cases can be resolved without a criminal record if your 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. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney for a free consultation.

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