A former player for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins may need a Fort Lauderdale concealed firearm lawyer after Davie police officers arrested him for carrying a concealed firearm. Police officers explain the former NFL safety was arrested just after four in the morning while walking with the gun in his possession. Officers say the smell of alcohol was apparent on the man at the time police officers made contact with him.
The arrest report indicates the encounter between the officers and the man took place near the intersection of South State Road 7 and Griffin Road. The report describes the grip of the handgun was visible at the top of his front pants pocket. The man admitted to police that he did not have a permit to allow for the concealed carry of the weapon.
The arrest report says the man complied with the orders first given to him but later became a problem for the officers on the scene. Officers suspect the man was under the influence of a substance other than the alcohol they smelled on his breath.
The 32-year-old ex-football player was taken into custody by the Davie Police Department. Police officers transferred him a short time later to the main Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale.
The playing career for the arrested man ended in March after a 10-year playing career that included two Pro Bowl appearances.
Florida Concealed Firearms Violations
The legalities involved with carrying firearms in South Florida differ from locations in other parts of America. The well-publicized “Stand Your Ground” laws in the state have caused a bit of confusion among citizens who sometimes struggle to understand when and how they can legally carry a firearm. The result of this confusion is that many citizens in possession of a firearm for protection purposes only have found themselves in need of a Fort Lauderdale criminal lawyer.
The burden rests with the State Attorney to prove the defendant knowingly carried a firearm on their person with the intent to conceal the presence of the weapon from others. Defendants should employ the services of a Fort Lauderdale criminal lawyer to help them prepare a defense against this allegation as early in the process as possible.
The consequences for carrying an illegal weapon in Florida are severe, and an attorney with experience defending gun violations will become necessary to minimize the defendant’s exposure to damage. Individuals in the Fort Lauderdale area in need of a Fort Lauderdale concealed firearm lawyer should contact Hassett & Associates, P.A. at 954-791-3939.