Florida Man Arrested After Posting Video Of Himself Discharging Firearm From Motor Vehicle On Social Media
According to a report from ClickOrlando, a South Florida man—Nelson Alejandro Perez Valdivia—has been arrested and charged with several serious felony offenses after posting a video of him discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle. The incident in question reportedly happened in Southwest Miami-Dade County. Here, our Orlando criminal defense lawyers discuss the allegations in more detail and provide an overview of discharging a firearm from a vehicle charge in Florida.
Allegations: Man Discharged Firearm From Motor Vehicle
Law enforcement authorities in Florida allege that Nelson Alejandro Perez Valdivia, 23 of Doral, is the man responsible for discharging a firearm from a moving vehicle. The incident, which occurred in a Southwest section of Miami-Dade County, was posted on social media. The vehicle was traveling down the Palmetto Expressway. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) alleges that the vehicle in question was traveling at more than 100 miles per hour (MPH) near the time of the incident. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported. The defendant turned himself in after a warrant was issued.
An Overview of the Criminal Charges Filed Against the Defendant
Discharging a firearm may be a criminal offense in Florida in some circumstances. Under Florida Statutes § 790.15(2), a person who knowingly and willfully discharges a firearm from a moving vehicle within 1,000 feet of another person can face a second degree felony offense. This is a very serious charge that is punishable by significant prison time. The defendant in this case is also facing a number of other felony criminal charges, including carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and the improper exhibition of a firearm. Weapons offenses—particularly firearms—must always be taken seriously. If you or your loved one was charged with a felony firearms charge, consult with an Orlando, FL criminal defense lawyer who can protect your rights and interests.
Criminal Law Fact: Social Media Posts Can Be Used as Evidence in a Criminal Case
Social media posts can be used as evidence in a criminal case. This is because social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, are considered public forums, and the content that is posted on these platforms is generally considered public information. It does not matter that a user has enhanced privacy settings—anything that is posted on your social media or another person’s social media could potentially be admissible evidence in a criminal case in Florida
Contact Our Florida Criminal Defense Lawyers for Immediate Help
At The Baez Law Firm, our Florida criminal defense attorney is an aggressive, justice-driven advocate for people charged with a crime. Every person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If you or your loved one was arrested and charged with any firearms-related offense, we are here to help. Contact our criminal defense firm today for your confidential case review. Our criminal law firm serves communities throughout Florida from our law offices in Orlando and Miami.