Fort Pierce, FL (November 15, 2018) – Police say that a speeding motorist was stopped on North US 1 in Fort Pierce and charged with a drug crime.  He was also charged with possession of an illegal weapon.

Police immediately smelled marijuana in the vehicle when they approached the car. The passenger said that he smoked pot earlier but denied having it with him. However, officers searched him and found that he was hiding 8 grams of pot in his groin area. From there, police searched the rest of the vehicle and found a loaded firearm under the seat with a magazine in a book bag on the floor.

The passenger admitted that he was a convicted felon and shouldn’t have had the weapon in his possession. The driver said that the pot and gun belonged to the passenger. The pair had their 2-year-old child sleeping in the back of the vehicle, who was not inside a legal car seat.

The man was arrested and taken to jail, while the woman was given citations for speeding and not having the child in a proper seat. She was able to get a car seat out of the back of the vehicle and secured the child, and was then permitted to leave the scene.

Fort Pierce Weapon Charge Laws 

Man Arrested for Possessing Marijuana and Having Illegal WeaponIf you are a convicted felon in Florida and you are caught possessing a firearm, you could receive a wide variety of penalties. A felon who is in possession of a weapon is required to serve a three-year minimum mandatory sentence for their crime. However, the judge in your case could choose to prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law, which could mean up to 15 years in prison, 15 years of probation, and $10,000 in fines. You want to avoid these charges at any cost, which is why it is important to speak with an experienced attorney who has proven case results and can stand by your side.

If you have been arrested for an illegal weapons crime in the Fort Lauderdale area, you need to speak with an experienced criminal attorney that can help you navigate the complex legal system.  You may be facing time in jail or even prison for this type of crime.  That's a frightening prospect. Our focus is going to be on you and making sure that you have the most aggressive defense possible. If you believe that you have been charged unfairly and you are having difficulty understanding how the legal system prosecutes these crimes, we would like to stand by your side. At Musca Law, we will apply our knowledge of Florida laws to your case and help you through this difficult and stressful time. Contact us today for more information at (888) 484-5057.

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Disclaimer: As members of the local Naples and broader Florida community, we hope everyone in our community is safe and protected. We cover the events included in this blog as a way to offer support to the victims in similar circumstances and to provide relief during these difficult times. However, this information should not be misconstrued as legal advice, and you should speak with a trained legal professional for more information regarding your situation.