Discharging a Firearm in Public
Under Florida Statute Section 790.15, Discharging a Firearm in Public occurs when a person knowingly discharges a firearm:
- in a public place;
- over or on the right of way of a paved road, highway, or street, or occupied premises; or
- over an occupied premises.
In Jacksonville, Florida, Discharging a Firearm in Public is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in the Duval County Jail. However, if the occupant of a vehicle knowingly and willfully discharges the firearm within 1000 feet of another, it is a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in Florida State Prison.
Florida law provides a defense to this crime. In Jacksonville, Florida, a person can discharge a firearm in a public if he or she was acting in self-defense, defense or another person, or defending property.
Each Jacksonville Florida Firearm case is different. To learn more about the crime of Discharging a Firearm in Public or any other Florida firearm offense, contact a Jacksonville Firearm Attorney. A Jacksonville Firearm Lawyer will investigate your case and advise you further. Contact our Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyers by email or by calling 904-685-1200.