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10-20-Life Law

Under Florida Law, crimes involving firearms are harshly prosecuted. The 10-20-Life Law, also known as “Use a gun and you’re done” is a statute which greatly increases the penalties for several crimes. Under Florida Criminal Code 77.087 criminal offense may be reclassified as a life felony, second-degree felony, or first-degree felony if the offender carries, displays, uses, or threatens to use, or attempts to use a firearm during the commission of such felony.

The reclassification and increased penalties imposed by the 10-20-Life Law can result in spending an individual spending the remainder of his or her life in prison.If you have been accused of using a firearm during the commission of a felony, it is imperative to consult an experienced, trial-proven criminal defense lawyer.

Lawyer for Crimes Involving Firearms in Miami, FL

Former State Prosecutor and seasoned criminal defense Evan Hoffman has the experience and skills to build the strongest defense on your behalf if you are charged with any felony involving a firearm, including murder, sexual battery, burglary, robbery, or kidnapping.

With over 20-years of trial experience, Evan Hoffman has extensive knowledge of the strategies used by prosecutors and will work tirelessly on your behalf. Contact The Hoffman Firm at (305) 249-0090 or submit an online form to discuss your legal options


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10-20-Life Law Overview

When a firearm is used in the commission of a crime, the crime may be enhanced to a higher level/degree Felony, and the possible punishment may be greatly increased. Under the 10-20-Life Law, if a person is convicted of one of the crimes listed in the statute and a firearm was used, they could face a minimum mandatory prison sentence of:

  • 10 years if they carried a firearm
  • 20 years if the firearm was discharged during the crime
  • 25 years to life, if any person was seriously injured or died as the result of a discharge of the firearm during the crime

The 10-20-Life Law is covered under section 775.087 of Florida’s Criminal Code and reads as follows:

Unless otherwise provided by law, whenever a person is charged with a felony, except a felony in which the use of a weapon or firearm is an essential element, and during the commission of such felony the defendant carries, displays, uses, threatens to use, or attempts to use any weapon or firearm, or during the commission of such felony the defendant commits an aggravated battery, the felony for which the person is charged shall be reclassified as follows:

  • In the case of a felony of the first degree, to a life felony.
  • In the case of a felony of the second degree, to a felony of the first Degree.
  • In the case of a felony of the third degree, to a felony of the second Degree

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Common Crimes Involving 10-20-Life Law

There are a variety of criminal offenses that are eligible for reclassification under the 10-20-Life Law if the offender uses a firearm. The following are common offenses in the State of Florida.

The aforementioned list is non-exhaustive. It is important to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney regarding your specific case.


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The Hoffman Firm | 10-20-Life Lawyer in Miami-Dade County

If you are facing charges which may fall under the 10-20-Life Law, Evan Hoffman can provide you with the best possible legal defense. He is a former prosecutor, so he understands the system from every side and he knows how to make the law work in your favor.

Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer Evan Hoffman of The Hoffman Firm represents clients throughout Florida and Miami-Dade County including Miami, North Miami, Key Biscayne, Aventura, Coral, Miami Beach, and surrounding cities.

Give The Hoffman Firm a call today at (305) 249-0090 or submit an online form to schedule a free consultation and review of your case.


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Evan A. Hoffman

Evan A. Hoffman

Mr. Hoffman’s philosophy is "our knowledge and experience is your best defense." He has been a featured author on criminal law issues such as driving under the influence, domestic violence and illegal searches.

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