Defending You Against Weapons Charges in South Florida
Despite the Supreme Court’s ruling that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is a private right guaranteed to all citizens, law enforcement officers aggressively target individuals for suspected weapons offenses. These charges can range from possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, to possession of short-barreled shotguns and weapons with defaced or obliterated serial numbers.
At do Campo & Thornton in Miami, we are experienced at defending people who face all types of weapons charges, including:
- Felon in possession charges
- Armed career criminal charges
- Carrying a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking offense
- False statements in connection with a firearm purchase
The penalties in gun cases are generally tied to the number and nature of prior convictions an accused has. However, both state and federal authorities impose high mandatory minimums for many firearms offenses, particularly if possession of a weapon is charged along with other offenses. Nevertheless, a vigorous defense that includes challenging all evidence that the weapon was actually or constructively possessed can result in reduced charges, dismissals or outright acquittals.