Firearm Offenses Firearm charges are serious and are often treated harshly by South Florida prosecutors. Some firearm charges also carry severe penalties for those convicted which may include a three-year minimum mandatory prison sentence. Also, in addition to State criminal charges, an arrest for a firearm offense may also result in a federal prosecution as these offenses often violate federal law as well. For these reasons, it is important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney when facing a charge or charges relating to a firearm. As former State prosecutors, the attorneys at Lopez and DeFilippo handled hundreds of firearm cases that involved countless unique defenses. Your firearm attorney at Lopez and DeFilippo will use this experience to investigate your case and provide you with the best possible defenses to achieve your desired result.