Enhanced Penalties For Committing A Crime With A Firearm

Committing a crime in the state of Florida can lead to some tough consequences. The penalty for burglary or robbery carries a minimum mandatory 10 years in prison. Even third degree felonies that normally would only carry a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison, now is enhanced to a second degree felony which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

So why are consequences more severe if a gun is involved?

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The answer is simple. Crimes that may not have called for serious penalties now call for them if a firearm is involved. The state of Florida follows the 775.087 statute andhas a mandatory minimum sentencing law commonly referred to 10-20-Life. For awhile there was even a public service announcement campaign accompanying the law using the slogan, “Use a gun, and you’re done.”

10-20-Life comes from three mandatory sentences:

  1. Producing a firearm during the commission of certain felonies mandates at least a 10-year prison sentence.
  2. Firing a firearm mandates at least a 20-year prison sentence
  3. Shooting someone mandates a minimum sentence of 25 years to life regardless of whether a victim is killed or simply injured

The Law Firm of Eric Reisinger has significant experience in the detailed nuances of this law. Eric Reisinger was a former prosecutor allowing him to use his experience to his clients’ advantage. We quickly evaluate the state’s case and determine the appropriate course of action.