how much jail time can I expect to get for improper exhibition of a firearm if I have never been in trouble before?

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how much jail time can I expect to get for improper exhibition of a firearm if I have never been in trouble before?

I was in my own front yard and pulled my firearm out because I was in fear for my life and my family’s lives.

Asked on May 11, 2009 under Criminal Law, Florida

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

I'm not a Florida attorney. From the statutes available on the internet, this is a first degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail or a $1,000 fine for a first offender.

However, Florida law also makes self-defense, and defense of your family and your home, a good defense to this charge, if you can prove it.

You should give very serious thought to hiring a Florida criminal lawyer to defend you on these charges, since proving self-defense is not as simple as you might think.  One place to look for qualified defense counsel is our website, http://attorneypages.com


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