The topic of using deadly force is a touchy one, especially in Florida. As we all know too well, when mistakes about a possible assailant are made, the results can be deadly. The controversy that surrounds this issue reached an all-time high with the case of George Zimmerman, and it remains a hot topic three years later.  So, it seems reasonable that precautions would be taken to avoid similar results, or at the very least to avoid criminal issues related to weapons. However, that is not always the case, and concerned citizens continue to argue both sides of the issue of gun control. But as authorities take steps to try and contain situations where weapons are involved, an unknown cell phone case manufacturer has added to the problem.

CNN Money published a story on Facebook about a cell phone case that looks like a gun. The problem with the case is that it is too life-like for most policemen’s comfort level. When thinking about gun and weapons charges, here are two things to know:

  • If you appear to be reaching for a weapon, you stand the chance of being fired on either by a police officer or a citizen “standing their ground”.
  • If you actually are drawing a weapon (and not just taking your iPhone out of your pocket to send a text or take a call), if you are not lawfully in possession of the weapon you will face criminal charges.

The rules on gun possession in Florida are pretty liberal, but there are restrictions on what you can do and where you can carry a weapon even if you have a license. If you are found to be in violation of these rules, the penalties are stiff. You will face criminal charges and possible jail time, depending on the specific facts of your case. In order to learn what you can and cannot lawfully do regarding your right to bear arms, call our office for answers. We can help you to understand the gun and weapons laws, and can also help you if you have been charged with a violation of these laws.

For questions about weapons offenses, call one of our knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys to schedule an appointment. Allow an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast to help you. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.