The 10-20-LIFE law, Statute 775.087, requires that mandatory minimum sentences are imposed on those convicted of certain types of felony crimes. Those that will be impacted in the sentencing phase of a conviction are those convicted of a range of crimes, robbery, sexual assault, aggravated stalking, aggravated battery, murder, manslaughter, armed burglary, kidnapping and others. Individuals with a criminal record for certain felony crimes will be treated as an "habitual offender" and will face heavier penalties. This law leads to extreme danger for the criminally accused, particularly when there is a criminal record for any offense that is classified as violent. Young people accused of violent crimes from 16 and will also be facing mandatory minimum sentencing under this statute.
There are certain conditions under which the extreme penalties could be avoided, but only the prosecutor could make this decision. Cases of young people accused of a 10-20-LIFE crime, it may be possible for a skilled criminal lawyer to negotiate for the accused so that the mandatory minimum sentencing is waived.
A 3-time violent felony offender, if convicted in a violent crime such as carjacking, home invasion, or robbery will be sentenced to life in prison under the law. The court is required to impose a sentence of at least 25 years and as long as life in prison if the accused is alleged to be a violent sexual offender.
Florida gun laws are less stringent than in some states. This is not true in the penalties imposed on those who use firearms in the commission of a crime. Whether the gun was fired or was only in possession, the consequences in a conviction could last a lifetime.
Get defense counsel that is highly qualified to defend against 10-20-LIFE crimes. At the Law Offices of Michael Mirer, P.C. you can expect the highest level of legal representation for the most serious of charges. Contact us today to discuss your case and defense options.