While some activists contend that the Second Amendment’s protections are limited only for the purpose of sporting and hunting, the underlying liberty interest protected by the Second Amendment is the right to defend oneself, one’s family, and one’s neighbors. The laws of the State of Florida robustly promote the right of self-defense. However, law enforcement often errs on the side of arresting individuals who exhibit weapons, regardless of the context.
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In the State of Florida, it is unlawful to exhibit a weapon in the presence of one or more people in a “rude, careless, angry, or threatening manner.” The definition of “weapon” includes “any dirk, metallic knuckles, slungshot, billie, tear gas gun, chemical weapon or device, or other deadly weapon.” Under Florida law, virtually any household item may fit the definition of “other deadly weapon,” depending upon the way in which the item is used and exhibited.
While there are numerous defenses and strategies suited for defending an allegation of improper exhibition of a weapon or firearm, the right of self-defense is the ultimate defense. It is imperative that individuals accused of improper exhibition of a weapon or firearm seek representation from an experienced Broward County criminal defense lawyer and litigator, who can best plead a defense that limits the exposure of an accused individual from criminal liability.
Weston criminal defense attorney Kevin F. Moot is a former Major Violent Crimes prosecutor from the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office. He has significant experience litigating weapons-related offenses and self-defense cases.
Contact the Law Office of Kevin F. Moot for a free consultation to discuss how best to defend your case.