Firearm Possession By A Convicted Felon
Firearm possession by a convicted felon statutes make it unlawful for someone convicted of a felony who has not had their rights restored to possess a firearm. Both federal and Florida laws include heavy fines and severe criminal penalties, including potential mandatory/minimum sentences of up to 25 years and maximum potential sentences of up to life. Mr. Petruzzi has represented numerous individuals charged with, or under investigation for, firearm possession by convicted felon offenses by both federal and state authorities. His experience and knowledge serve as an invaluable asset to his clients.
Federal firearm possession by a convicted felon offenses are investigated and prosecuted by various agencies, including the FBI, ATF and the Department of Justice. Some common federal statutes criminalizing firearm possession by a convicted felon include:
18 USC Sec. 922 –
(g) It shall be unlawful for any person –
(1) Who has been convicted in any court of, a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year; to ship or transport in interstate or foreign commerce, or possess in or affecting commerce, any firearm or ammunition; or to receive any firearm or ammunition which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.
Florida firearm possession by a convicted felon offenses are investigated and prosecuted by various state and local law enforcement agencies. Some common Florida statutes criminalizing this offense include:
790.23 Felons and delinquents; possession of firearms, ammunition, or electric weapons or devices unlawful. –
(1) It is unlawful for any person to own or to have in his or her care, custody, possession, or control any firearm, ammunition, or electric weapon or device, or to carry a concealed weapon, including a tear gas gun or chemical weapon or device, if that person has been:
(a) Convicted of a felony in the courts of this state;
(b) Found, in the courts of this state, to have committed a delinquent act that would be a felony if committed by an adult and such person is under 24 years of age;
(c) Convicted of or found to have committed a crime against the United States which is designated as a felony;
(d) Found to have committed a delinquent act in another state, territory, or country that would be a felony if committed by an adult and which was punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year and such person is under 24 years of age; or
(e) Found guilty of an offense that is a felony in another state, territory, or country and which was punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year.
(2) This section shall not apply to a person convicted of a felony whose civil rights and firearm authority have been restored.
(4) Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 874.04, if the offense described in subsection (1) has been committed by a person who has previously qualified or currently qualifies for the penalty enhancements provided for in s. 874.04, the offense is a felony of the first degree, punishable by a term of years not exceeding life or as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
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