Seminole County Gun Attorney

Being found guilty of an illegal weapon possession is a serious offense that needs to be discussed with a qualified criminal defense attorney. Penalties vary depending on the severity of the crime but can lead up to a maximum of 20 years in prison for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Don’t leave your situation to chance – let an award-winning attorney guide you through the complexities of Florida’s court system.

Can I carry a gun in my car in Florida?

Per Florida Statute 790.06, in certain instances you are allowed to carry a gun in your car if you have a concealed weapon license.  It is also legal to carry a firearm in your vehicle in other circumstances, such going or returning from hunting, fishing or camping.

Illegal places to carry a gun in Florida

Unless in a job or law enforcement role specified by the law, it is illegal to carry a gun in any of the following places in Florida:

1. Courthouses & Courtrooms
2. Polling Places
3. Police, Sheriff or Highway Patrol Stations
4. Career Centers, Schools, Colleges or professional athletic events not related to firearms;
5. Any meetings of public school districts, municipality, or governing bodies of a county
6. Prisons, jails, detention facilities
7. Any meeting of legislatures
8. Any establishment that dispenses alcoholic beverages for consumption; so bars, clubs, etc.
9. Any place of nuisance as defined in Florida Statute 823.05
10. Airports unless the firearm is lawfully encased for shipment
11. Anywhere else where prohibited by the law

Types of Gun Charges in Florida

Some of the charges that we handle, including but not excluded to:

• Use of a deadly weapon during a crime
• Illegal sale of a firearm
• Convicted felon in possession of a firearm
• Improper exhibition/brandishing of a firearm

• Carrying a concealed weapon without a license

Gun Offense Penalties in Florida

Penalties as defined and described in Florida Statutes 790.01,  790.23 and Chapter 790.


It is illegal for a person to possess or have custody of any ammunition, firearm, electric weapon or device, or carry concealed if that person has been convicted of a felony. 


A convicted felon with possession of a weapon – Is a felony of the second-degree, punishable by 15 years in prison.


Unlicensed carrying of a firearm – Is a felony of the third degree, with a punishment of up to 5 years in prison. 


Discharging a firearm in a public or residential place – Statute 790.15 – Is a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable by up to a year in prison and up to a $1,000 fine. This does not apply if the person is lawfully defending their life. However, if fired from a vehicle, within 1000 ft of any person, it is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. 


Brandishing or improper exhibition of a firearm – Florida Statute 790.10  Is a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable by up to a year in prison and up to a $1,000 fine.

When to Consult a Lawyer

If you or your loved ones have been accused of a gun crime, remember a criminal charge does not necessarily translate into a conviction. Your rights and liberty are on the line - don't hesitate to get the best defense for your case. We offer affordable payment plans and complimentary consultations to accommodate towards your budget and needs. Call us now at 407-865-8888.

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