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10-20-LIFE

“Possession of a firearm by a felon and during the commission of the offense, such person actually possessed a “firearm” or “destructive device” as those terms are defined in s. 790.001, shall be sentenced to a minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years, except that a person who is convicted for aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a felon, or burglary of a conveyance shall be sentenced to a minimum term of imprisonment of 3 years if such person possessed a “firearm” or “destructive device” during the commission of the offense. However, if an offender who is convicted of the offense of possession of a firearm by a felon has a previous conviction of committing or attempting to commit a felony listed in s. 775.084(1)(b) 1. and actually possessed a firearm or destructive device during the commission of the prior felony, the offender shall be sentenced to a minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

Any person who is convicted of a felony or an attempt to commit a felony listed in sub-subparagraphs (a)1.a.-q., regardless of whether the use of a weapon is an element of the felony, and during the course of the commission of the felony such person discharged a “firearm” or “destructive device” as defined in s. 790.001 shall be sentenced to a minimum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

Any person who is convicted of a felony or an attempt to commit a felony listed in sub-subparagraphs (a)1.a.-q., regardless of whether the use of a weapon is an element of the felony, and during the course of the commission of the felony such person discharged a “firearm” or “destructive device” as defined in s. 790.001 and, as the result of the discharge, death or great bodily harm was inflicted upon any person, the convicted person shall be sentenced to a minimum term of imprisonment of not less than 25 years and not more than a term of imprisonment of life in prison.” Florida Statute 775.087 (2)(r).

Chris Abdoney has handled cases involving minimum mandatory sentences under the 10-20-LIFE statute. Crimes eligible for sentencing under the 10-20-LIFE statute include murder, sexual battery, robbery, burglary, arson, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, kidnapping, escape, aircraft piracy, aggravated child abuse/abuse of the elderly, discharging destructive devices or bombs, carjacking, home invasion robbery, aggravating stalking, and trafficking in drugs. People sentenced under this 10-20-LIFE statute are not eligible for gain time and serve day for day. Many times, if there are no other defenses or legal issues justifying a dismissal or acquittal of the charges, an attorney can negotiate a lesser sentence than the minimum mandatory sentence depending on the specific facts of each case. If you, or somebody you know has been charged with an offense that qualifies for sentencing under the 10-20-LIFE statute, contact Chris, an experienced criminal defense and trial attorney, to discuss your legal rights, your case, and his qualifications.

 

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