Florida's 10-20-Life Law
Minimum Sentences for Felonies Involving Firearms
In the state of Florida, you can end up serving significant prison time
if you are convicted of certain types of felonies and those felonies involved
a firearm. This is because of Florida's "10-20-Life" law
that creates minimum prison sentence requirements for these types of offenses.
Depending on the type of offense you were accused of and how the firearm
was used, you could end up serving a minimum prison term of 10 years,
20 years or 25 years to life in prison upon a conviction. Because of how
severe the 10-20-Life law is, it is essential that you guard yourself
with top-notch legal defense when you are at risk of being sentenced under this law.
At Leskovich Law Group, P.A., our Punta Gorda criminal defense attorneys
can sit down with you and explain how this law might affect you in your
particular situation. We can thoroughly investigate the facts behind your
case and begin building a competitive defense plan on your behalf. It
might be possible to show that your offense does not qualify for the enhanced
sentencing requirements, or even that there is no basis for the any of
the allegations that have been made against you.
Minimum Prison Sentences
The 10-20-Life law applies for certain types of felony offenses that are
specifically defined under the 2013 Florida Statutes
§775.087 2(a)1. These are some of the most serious felonies, such as
aggravated assault, kidnapping, certain types of drug
trafficking, etc. When a person is convicted of a felony that is specified under this
law, he or she can be subject to the following minimum prison terms:
Minimum of 10 years—when the offender of the felony possessed a firearm or destructive
device (though, though this can be 3 years in some situations)
Minimum of 20 years—when the offender of the felony discharged a firearm or destructive device
Minimum of 25 years to life—when the offender of the felony discharged a firearm or destructive
device and subsequently caused someone great bodily harm or death
Strong Defense from a Criminal Lawyer in Punta Gorda, FL
There are many people who receive penalties that are far too harsh simply
because of technicalities related to the 10-20-Life law. We do not want
you to have to suffer a similar fate. In fact, we want to help you avoid
receiving any type of conviction, whenever possible. Our
criminal defense team has more than 25 years of experience, during which we have handled
hundreds of cases. We advise you to bring your case to us so we can inform
you about your best legal options.
Contact our firm so we can use our extensive experience to your benefit. We can help you
set up a free initial consultation!