Miami Criminal Defense Attorney on Plaxico Burress

December 4, 2008 by David S. Seltzer

As a Miami Dade Criminal Defense Lawyer pondering Plaxico Buress’ latest off the field saga, I guess the real question that sports fans have to ask one another is why do people who have it all feel the need to do stupid things? Just a thought, but if I was making $206,000.00 a week playing football, carrying concealed weapon into a night club and shooting myself would not be at the top of the list of things a Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Attorney would consider to be a fun night out.

Under Florida law, carrying a concealed firearm is third (3) degree felony punishable by up to five (5) years in prison. However, that being said, discharging a firearm in public carries an additional penalty of up to a year in jail. Under Florida law, if the individual is not a convicted felon, there are no minimum mandatory sentences, unlike New York. The long and short of it is, Plaxico Buress, next time you are stupid and want to lose $824,000.00 do it in a state where the penalties aren’t so harsh.

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