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Weapons & Firearms Offenses

Tampa Weapon and Firearm Defense Attorney

Gun Crimes Lawyer in Tampa, FL

A charge involving possession or use of a firearm is extremely serious and should not be taken lightly. The State Attorney's Office has a specialized division that exclusively reviews and handles gun-related cases. Tampa criminal defense attorney Dereck Capaz has the necessary background to provide an effective and assertive defense against weapon and gun charges.


Florida's Minimum Mandatory Sentencing Requirements on Firearm Cases

Minimum mandatory prison sentences apply to many criminal charges that involve possession or use of a firearm. Depending on the crime, the prosecutor may file enhanced charges alleging the use of a gun during the commission of a crime, and the accused can be sentenced to prison for 3, 10, 20, 25 years, or life in prison. See §775.087, Florida Statutes.


Frequently Charged Gun Crimes in Tampa

• Carrying a Concealed Weapon

• Carrying a Concealed Firearm

• Felon in Possession of Firearm

• Armed Trafficking

• Armed Possession of Drugs

• Shooting into a Dwelling

• Shooting into a Vehicle

• Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

• Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon

• Improper Exhibition of a Firearm

• 10/20/Life cases


Experienced Representation on a Gun Charge is a Must

If you have been arrested or charged with a crime involving a gun or firearm, it is important to have an experienced Tampa defense lawyer on your side as soon as possible. Your defense attorney may be able to present exculpatory evidence and/or mitigating circumstances to the prosecutor before charges are formally filed. This may lead to no charges being filed or to a lesser charge that does not carry a minimum mandatory prison sentence.

Prior to establishing the Capaz Law Firm, attorney Dereck Capaz was a felony lead trial attorney at the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office in Tampa. He has handled many firearm cases and 10/20/Life cases from the initial stages through trial. Thus, Mr. Capaz understands the delicate nature of these types of cases and the serious consequences at risk to those involved.

To ensure protection of your legal rights, contact a weapon and gun defense attorney at the Capaz Law Firm at (813) 440-2700.


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