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Florida Law: Improper Exhibition Of A Firearm Or Weapon


Florida protects the rights of individuals to lawfully bear firearms or other weapons. That being said, there are strict rules and regulations in place regarding how a person can use a dangerous weapon—including how they can exhibit/display their weapon. In Florida, the improper exhibition of a firearm or weapon is a criminal offense. Within this article, our Orlando criminal defense attorney provides an in-depth overview of our state’s criminal charges for the improper exhibition of a firearm or weapon.

What to Know About Florida Statute § 790.10 (Improper Exhibition of a Firearm/Weapon) 

Under Florida Law (Florida Statutes § 790.10), the improper exhibition of a firearm or weapon is broadly defined as the display of such a weapon in a “rude, careless, angry, or threatening manner, not in necessary self-defense.” What exactly that constitutes depends on the specific circumstances of the case. A comprehensive investigation into the specific circumstances of the allegations is always required for this type of case. Weapons that are covered by the statute include:

  • Dirks;
  • Swords;
  • Firearms;
  • Electric weapon or electric devices; and
  • Other things deemed dangerous weapons.

An Overview of the Criminal Penalties for Improper Exhibition of a Firearm or Weapon 

Improper Exhibition of a Firearm or Weapon is a first-degree misdemeanor in Florida, punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Of course, a person facing a criminal allegation for improper exhibition of a firearm or weapon could also be subject to overlapping charges as well. These other types of charges could potentially carry even more severe criminal penalties. 

All Criminal Charges Should Be Defended On Case-By-Case Basis 

When facing charges for improper exhibition of a firearm or weapon in Florida, it is important to understand that each case is unique and should be defended on a case-by-case basis. Factors such as the circumstances surrounding the incident and the defendant’s prior criminal history can have a significant impact on the outcome of the case. Do not take on the process alone.

An experienced Orlando, FL criminal defense lawyer will be able to review your case, assess the evidence, and determine the best plan of action to protect your rights and your future. In some cases, the most sensible defense may be to work out a plea bargain. In other cases, false improper exhibition of a firearm or weapon charges should be aggressively defended. 

Get Help From Our Orlando, FL Felony Defense Lawyer Today

At The Baez Law Firm, our Orlando, FL felony defense attorney has the professional skills and legal experience that you can rely on when facing a firearms or weapons charge. If you or your loved one was arrested for any type of firearms-related offense, we are here to help. Give us a call now connect with us online to set up your strictly confidential case review. From our Orlando law office, we handle improper exhibition of a firearm or weapon charges throughout Central Florida.


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