NFL Player Charged with Carrying a Firearm Illegally

football_1.jpgPlaxico Burress, New York Giants’ receiver, accidently shot himself in the leg last Friday night while at a nightclub.  The NFL player has been charged in New York with criminal possession of a weapon.  New York has strict gun laws that require a minimum mandatory prison sentence.  

Similarly, Florida laws prohibit criminal carrying of weapons.  Under Florida Statute Section 790.01, Carrying a Concealed Firearm occurs when a defendant knowingly carries the firearm and the firearm is concealed from another person’s ordinary sight.  Florida Carrying a Concealed Firearm is a third degree felony.  As such it is punishable by up to 5 years in Florida State Prison.  
Like New York, Jacksonville, Florida takes gun crimes very seriously.  Often, Jacksonville prosecutors request incarceration for a defendant charged with Carrying a Concealed Firearm in Jacksonville Florida.  However, in my experience, there are ways to avoid incarceration.  Usually, a Jacksonville Carrying a Concealed Firearm Attorney will present mitigating evidence to the prosecutor.  This evidence explains to the prosecutor why the defendant was carrying the firearm.  Additionally, a Jacksonville Carrying a Concealed Firearm Lawyer needs to show that the defendant is not the type of person that commits crimes and is not a threat to the community.  In essence, the most important thing is to demonstrate that the defendant deserves another chance.  
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