In Jacksonville, Florida, if a Jacksonville Criminal Defendant possesses a firearm during the commission of a crime, additional points will be added to the Defendant’s sentencing scoresheet. If more points are added, the Jacksonville Criminal Defendant’s scoresheet will result in a higher score. In turn, this will result in a higher minimum Florida State Prison guideline sentence.
If possession of a firearm is an essential element of the underlying crime, these additional points should not be added to the Florida Sentencing Scoresheet. Therefore, points cannot be added in cases where the only underlying crime is possession of a firearm by a convicted felon or carrying a concealed firearm. Fisher v. State, 718 So. 2d 753, 754 (Fla. 1998).
If you are charged with a Jacksonville Firearm Crime contact a Jacksonville Criminal Firearm Lawyer to discuss your case and make sure your rights are being protected.