A 59-year-old man is facing gun charges in Fort Lauderdale after an incident at the Broward County Courthouse. He was released on bond over the weekend, on conditions that he get a psychological evaluation and surrender all firearms.
A criminal defense attorney in Palm Beach or Fort Lauderdale should always be called to handle defense against gun or weapons charges. Such charges can leave a convicted defendant unable to own firearms and can be particularly devastating to police officers, members of the military, or others who use firearms as part of their job.
Certainly in the wake of high profile cases like the recent tragedy in Arizona, local law enforcement may carry zero tolerance policies too far, thereby trampling the rights of law-abiding gun owners. When you combine public-safety concerns with the ever-expanding rights to keep and bear arms, and clashes are bound to occur.
Always remember, the government can charge you with whatever it wants — it’s only what you are convicted of that matters.
In this case, police claim the Broward resident was distraught over a child abuse case and threatened to shoot himself. The Sun-Sentinel reports the defendant works as a security guard, and told the judge if he loses his job he will lose his house.
He is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, improper exhibition of a firearm and carrying a concealed firearm.
Authorities say he was late for a contempt hearing in connection with $5,500 in back child support when he entered the courthouse lobby doors through a pair of exit doors, triggering a 30-minute standoff.
If you are facing criminal charges in Broward or Palm Beach counties, contact the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert, a Partnership of Former Prosecutors, for a free consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1.888.5.DEFEND.