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10-20-Life Law Defense Attorney in Miami

Fighting to Prevent Heightened Penalties for the Accused in Fort Lauderdale

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 that increases the penalties for several crimes. Under Florida Criminal Code 77.087, a criminal offense may be reclassified as a life felony, second-degree felony, or first-degree felony if the offender carries, displays, uses, 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 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.

Former State Prosecutor and seasoned criminal defense lawyer 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, our Miami 10-20-Life Law attorney has extensive knowledge of the strategies used by prosecutors and will work tirelessly on your behalf.

Call (305) 928-1669 if you are in Miami, 954-737-3004 if you are in Broward County or contact us online for a free consultation about your case.

10-20-Life Law Overview

When a firearm is used in the commission of a crime, the crime may be enhanced to a higher degree of 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

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 Florida:

  • Murder
  • Sexual battery
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Arson
  • Aggravated battery
  • Kidnapping
  • Aggravated child abuse
  • Aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult
  • Carjacking
  • Home-invasion robbery
  • Aggravated stalking

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

Turn to The Hoffman Firm

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

If you reside in Miami call (305) 928-1669 now. If you reside in Broward County call 954-737-3004 now.

Why Should You Choose The Hoffman Firm?

Here Are Six Reasons
  • Client-Focused Representation

    Our Firm is dedicated to client satisfaction. We are available 24/7 to help those in need.

  • Decades of Experience

    Attorney Evan Hoffman has over two decades of experience fighting for the accused.

  • Premier Criminal Defense Firm

    Experienced Attorney Evan Hoffman has handled some of the most high profile and complex cases.

  • Proven Track Record

    Client satisfaction is our top priority. At The Hoffman Firm we take great pride in our success and case victories.

  • Florida Former State Prosecutor

    Attorney Evan Hoffman has extensive knowledge of the strategies used by prosecutors throughout Florida.

  • Free Initial Consultation

    We offer free initial consultations to ensure that we have your best interests in mind.

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  • “THE BEST ATTORNEY in town. My family member was arrested and I was referred to Evan. He provided me his personal cell phone and I was always able to text him if I had any questions. As busy as he is, I was always able to get a hold of him.”

    - John
  • “Evan was able to get all my charges dismissed and now 6 months after the worst mistake of my life (getting arrested), Evan was able to give me my life back. Hiring Evan was the best decision I have ever made and it will be yours also.”

    - Stacy
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  • “I know that I am grateful for all of Evan's hard work and can without a doubt recommend him to my friends, family and all of those out there on the world wide web.”

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  • “If anyone is ever arrested or even under investigation, I can assure you the only person you need to call is EVAN!”

    - John

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