With the Rio Olympics officially now over, we can take the time to reflect on the games and see if there are any lessons to learn and apply in our own lives. For certain, the Olympics always teach us how hard work and determination can pay off, and the number of children who flock to gyms or swimming pools after the summer games in the hopes of becoming the next Simone Biles or Michael Phelps is great. But there are other lessons to learn from events that happen during the Olympics, and one of those lessons has to do with crime, punishment, and weapons.

The world was shocked when popular U.S swimmer Ryan Lochte, and some of his teammates were reportedly held up while out in Rio during the games. But this shock would soon turn to disbelief, as the athletes’ story about the incident was questioned, and some of the swimmers eventually detained and questioned in Rio. As it turns out, the story is that the swimmers were out and vandalized a local gas station, then claimed to have been robbed. Three things to learn about weapons and the criminal justice system include:

  • An encounter with an armed person can happen to anyone, at any time, and at any place. To protect yourself from harm, it is always best to be vigilant and aware of your surroundings. If you are confronted, remaining as calm as possible is always best.
  • Access to weapons is not heavily regulated, not just at home but also abroad.
  • The right to carry a gun, while limited to what the law allows, does not always remain restricted to those that abide by the law.

Here at home, we have had our fair share of sensational stories centering around guns, violence, and the police force. The events in states like Louisiana and Texas have left many wondering just what rights they have left when it comes to police encounters, and weapon ownership. If you have questions about what is permitted, and what is considered a violation, it is always best to know the answer before you take any action. Our team of knowledgeable defense attorneys can help you better understand your rights, so you don’t find yourself in a sticky situation. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment, and let us help you stay safe and legal.

Allow an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast to help you if you have questions about gun and weapons laws. Your first visit is a free initial consultation and we work with you to come up with a strategy that is tailored to the facts of your case.