10 / 20 / Life Sentencing

Are you facing weapons charges or a violation of Florida's strict gun laws?

If so, you need a firearms defense attorney who understands the rights afforded to you by the Second Amendment to the Constitution and our state's powerful gun laws. Under provisions to the Bill of Rights, individuals have the right to possess a firearm and citizens are allowed to use a weapon for lawful purposes, such as in self-defense. In 1999, the state legislature enacted a mandatory minimum sentencing law with regards to the use of a firearm during the commission of a forcible felony. Florida's 10/20/Life Law mandates minimum sentences for the presence, firing or use of a gun to shoot someone during the commission of a crime.

At the Law Offices of Edwards & Jones, our criminal defense lawyers represent clients charged with serious weapons offenses such as:

  • Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon
  • Concealed Handgun Violations
  • Use of a Weapon in Self-Defense
  • Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm
  • Illegal Sale of a Gun or Weapon
  • Concealed Weapon in a Public Place
  • Possession of a Prohibited Weapon
  • Unlawful Trafficking of Firearms
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
  • Weapons Use in Commission of a Crime

10/20/Life Gun Sentencing Laws

Although our nation and our state give high regard to the right of an individual to own a firearm, the purpose of their gun laws is to ensure the weapon is owned and operated without endangerment to the community. Under Florida law, producing a firearm during certain felony crimes mandates a 10-year sentence; firing the gun mandates a 20-year sentence; and shooting someone during the commission of a felony mandates a minimum sentence of 25 years to life in prison. Whether your gun violation is a standalone charge or part of a larger weapons prosecution, our attorneys can help you identify the right defense strategy for the best outcomes. Call us toll free at 1-877-377-7801 for a confidential consultation to discuss the specifics of your charges with a qualified weapons defense attorney.

DISCLAIMER: This website does not seek to nor does it establish an attorney-client relationship. The content is provided "as is" and should not be construed as legal advice on any matter of criminal defense. Seek the services of a qualified attorney immediately following an arrest for any firearms or weapons charge.

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Mr.Jones went beyond needed services as a lawyer to help me with my very in depth case. Very helpful throughout the whole 6-7 month process. Not only did he get all my questions answered to the best of his abilities but also really showed compassion for my family & I during the case as well as after. 5 star lawyer, highly recommended. Thank you for all your hard work!
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I hired Mr. Jones to represent my son. We had never had to hire a lawyer and I was anxious. Mr. Jones took the time to explain what was happening and it helped lessen my concerns. Once we hired him he started work immediately and was able to get my son's case thrown out. We are very satisfied with his services. Robert H.
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I had the pleasure of having Mr. Edwards represent me in 2006. While I was charged with a crime, Mr Edwards insisted sternly that he was very confident he could successfully defend the charges against me. This man exudes confidence. It is my opinion that he is clearly one of the best lawyers in the city of Gainesville. You can't go wrong with Mr. Edwards!!! Everette Sr.
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We are from Lake City, Florida. As parents, we sought the help of Mr. Edwards in my daughter's behalf. As a young lady, she had acquired multiple felonies with the prospect of 10-15 years in prison facing her. Mr. Edwards heard our case, took it on with confidence, and got her sentence reduced to 10 years probation, and restitution. That was 8 years ago, and my daughter is married, has a son, and is doing great. She hasn't even had a traffic violation. Because Mr. Edwards believed in us and took a chance, we will be forever be in his debt. He is a great lawyer, with a very big heart. Colin
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