§ 790.07 – Persons engaged in criminal offense having weapons

  • This crime of Persons Engaged in Criminal Offense Having Weapons, requires some other felony, called an underlying felony, to go along with it for it to apply.
  • This crime is classified as either a Third Degree Felony or Second Degree Felony. Classification is dependent upon (1) the type of weapon and (2) whether the person committing the crime is under indictment.
  • In Florida, a Third Degree Felony is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a fine up to $5,000.
  • In Florida, a Second Degree Felony is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

The offense of Persons Engaging in Criminal Offense Having Weapons occurs:

  • The offense is a Third Degree Felony when a person does any of the following while committing or attempting to commit the underlying felony, or while they are under indictment:
  • Displays, uses, threatens, or attempts to use any weapon
    • Displays, uses, threatens, or attempts to use any electric weapon or device, or
    • Carries a concealed weapon.
  • The offense is a Second Degree Felony when a person does any of the following while committing or attempting to commit the underlying felony:
  • Displays, uses, threatens, or attempts to use any firearm, or
    • Carries a concealed firearm

Defenses to the crime of Persons Engaging in Criminal Offense Having Weapons:

  • The object being used was not used or could not be used in a manner likely to cause death or bodily harm.
  • Conviction of the underlying felony is already enhanced on the basis of a weapon or firearm. An additional separate conviction would be barred due to the principle of Double Jeopardy. [1][2].

There are other possible defenses which I can explore with you during our Free Initial Consultation.

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References:

[1] Cleveland v. State, 587 So. 2d 1145 (Fla. 1991).

[2] Hall v. State, 517 So. 2d 678 (Fla. 1988).


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