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10-20-Life Breakdown
If you’re facing charges for a crime involving a gun, it is important to choose a defense team willing to strongly advocate for you and your freedom. Gun crime charges should not be taken lightly as Florida law requires mandatory minimum sentences for crimes committed with a firearm. Florida’s 10-20-Life Law requires that courts must impose minimum sentences for crimes regarding the following felonies:
  • Murder
  • Sexual battery
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Arson
  • Aggravated assault
  • Aggravated battery
  • Kidnapping
  • Escape
  • Aircraft piracy
  • Aggravated child abuse
  • Aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult
  • Unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging of a destructive device or bomb
  • Carjacking
  • Home invasion robbery
  • Aggravated stalking
  • Drug trafficking and capital importation of cocaine and other illegal drugs
  • Possession of firearm by a felon
There is a mandatory 10-year prison sentence for anyone convicted of committing or attempting to commit one of these crimes (with certain exceptions) while armed with a firearm. There is a mandatory 20-year prison sentence for anyone convicted of firing a weapon in the process committing or attempting to commit.
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Defense for Gun Crimes
At Henderson Legal Group we are experienced in defending clients against charges for crimes involving guns. If you find yourself facing a charge regarding a gun crime, our team is prepared to help you determine the best possible defense strategy. Your experienced Melbourne criminal defense lawyers are capable of vigorously defending you against the following charges:
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Gun possession by a convicted felon
  • Possession of a legal or stolen firearm
  • Robbery, carjacking or another felony offense involving a gun or weapon
  • Carrying a concealed weapon without legal authorization
Florida law requires mandatory minimum sentencing when guns are involved in crimes, and the phrase “10-20-life” refers to those statutes. Our primary concern is preserving your freedom, and we will do so by aggressively challenging evidence, presenting relevant personal history facts, and taking several other key steps to ensure your liberty. If you have been accused of committing a gun crime, contact the Henderson Legal Group for.
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Marissa Alexander Case and 10-20-Life
At Henderson Legal Group, we’ve briefly mentioned the name Marissa Alexander in a previous blog concerning an expansion of Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law. As your Melbourne criminal defense attorneys, we would like to share more details concerning her case and how it has been impacted by the 10-20-Life mandatory minimum sentences required by Florida law when possessing or firing a gun while committing a crime. When Marissa Alexander was found guilty of aggravated assault for what was, according to her, a warning shot to ward off her allegedly abusive husband, she was sentenced to a mandatory 20-year prison term. The judge presiding over her case, Circuit Judge James Daniel said, “The decision on an appropriate sentence where the state has provided competent and substantial evidence to support a jury’s verdict of aggravated assault, which they have in this case with the discharge of a firearm, has been entirely taken out of my hands.”.
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