Those who have been accused of domestic violence may face consequences under Florida law, even if they have not yet been convicted of anything. One consequence of domestic violence charges and convictions could be an impact on the right to possess and own a gun. Much of this comes from federal law.
Laws about firearms ownership can be complicated
Not all domestic violence cases require that the suspect surrender their firearms. The requirement is that they have committed some type of battery against the alleged victim. However, those who have active restraining orders against them for domestic violence or stalking cannot possess a firearm. In addition, Florida enforces federal law that requires background checks on firearm purchasers, disallowing purchases by those convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors. However, there are some loopholes in the state laws that allow some convicted of domestic violence to continue to keep their weapons. Surrender of weapons is not an automatic requirement when convicted.
You could lose the right to own firearms
If you have been convicted of domestic violence, the firearms ban can be made permanent. This is one consideration that you should think of before you decide on any plea deal with the prosecution that could leave you banned from owning firearms forever. This is why you may decide to fight the domestic violence charges against you. Before making any quick decisions, speak to an attorney about the ramifications of a conviction.
If you have been charged with domestic violence, you should speak with an attorney about your legal rights. Jail time and fines are just two of the consequences of a conviction. There may be a host of other penalties or ramifications that you might not know about when charged. Domestic violence is one of those areas where the collateral consequences are not always immediately apparent.