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What Happens If I’m Arrested For Weapons Possession?

1According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, the former owner of a Palm Coast pizzeria is accused of attacking customers who complained about their order. He has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

A Flagler County judge sentenced 42-year-old Joseph Milano last Wednesday. He was convicted in June of possession of a firearm by a felon. Milano was arrested in January 2009 after he reportedlyassaulted and pistol-whipped two men who complained about their calzone order at Goomba’s Pizzeria. Deputies later discovered that Milano is actually Joseph Calco — a former mob hit man turned federal witness.

The gun charge stems from February domestic disturbance call, where a deputy found a gun under his mattress. Milano acknowledged in court that he wasn’t supposed to have the gun but needed it to protect himself from Mafia enemies.

Weapons Charges Defense

Many weapons cases can 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.

A criminal defense attorney can represent you if you were arrested forweapons charges including:

• 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

There are many defenses an experienced criminal defense lawyer can use in a weapons case, including self-defense, false allegation, false identification, entrapment, and improper search and seizure of the weapon. In some cases, the act you are charged with may not even be illegal. For example, if the butt of a handgun sticks out of your pocket and is visible, you cannot be charged with concealing a weapon.

Have an experienced criminal defense lawyer represent you and help you resolve your case.

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