Being accused of carrying a loaded weapon in public is often a nasty challenge you must overcome. Steve Kallas of CBS-New York has one such story:

“By now you know that New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arrested and arraigned Tuesday in state criminal court in lower Manhattan. He was charged with two felonies: criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree (a Class D felony), and criminal possession of a firearm (a lesser Class E felony).

Felton was initially charged with, among other things, criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, a Class C felony, which is a more serious charge than what he ended up being charged with during his arraignment 18 hours later.”

The strange journey of Felton’s case can be just as confusing for Florida residents if similar charges are thrown their way. The Sunshine State has 56 laws pertaining to ownership and use of licensed firearms, with one provision, Florida Statute 790.10, expressly banning the improper exhibition of firearms. When you are accused of firearms-related offenses and you know you did nothing wrong, an expert Fort Lauderdale criminal lawyer such as Richard F. Della Fera is ready to see your case through in court.


Investigators stated that Felton was arrested and charged with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of a firearm. They are Class C, D, and E felonies, with minimum one-year jail time for Class C. The charges stemmed from his wife Ariane’s counsel turning over a fully-loaded and unlicensed FN Herstal semiauto pistol to police; Felton was supposedly holding it during an argument with her.


Although the police can recommend filing of charges, there is still the possibility that some of them will be dropped by the time of the arraignment, leaving your camp with enough leeway to prepare for the remaining charges. Kallas reports that the second-degree firearms possession charge was left out because the ownership of the weapon was not established and Felton has not talked about it. The firearm was at his apartment.


The lesser charges will warrant bail depending on the merits of the case. Felton was allowed to post $25,000 bail but was also slapped a six-month restraining order against his wife, who filed for divorce a few days before he was arraigned.


Allegations of carrying a firearm for purposes other than self-defense can make for a dicey situation in court. Trust a criminal lawyer in Fort Lauderdale like Mr. Della Fera to give your case a fighting chance.


(Source: Knicks’ Felton Is Not In The Same Boat As Plaxico Burress, CBS New York, 26 Feb 2014)