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Man facing weapons charges after Florida altercation

In the heat of the moment, many people do not give themselves time to think about the words they say or the actions they carry out. Unfortunately, acting without thinking can easily cause a situation to escalate and potentially lead to police involvement. In some cases, circumstances may even lead to weapons charges.

It was recently reported that a man in Florida was taken into custody in what some individuals are calling a possible hate crime. Apparently, a group of teenagers were on bicycles and blocking a bridge in protest of the redevelopment of a public housing complex. A woman apparently got out of a vehicle and then claimed that one of the teens ran over her foot with a bicycle. The woman and the group then got into a verbal altercation.

The woman's boyfriend then exited the vehicle with a handgun and began yelling racial slurs at the teens, who were reported as African American. Someone in the group of teens recorded the event and claimed that in addition to the obscene language, the man also pointed the gun at the young man and attempted to run him over with the vehicle. Police caught up with the couple after they had left the scene, and the man was taken into custody for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. Authorities are also looking into the possibility of enhancing the charges for a hate crime.

The man already stated that he acted out of anger and a desire to protect his family, but he must still contend with the felony weapons charges that he now faces. Gaining information on the allegations and his possible defense options will undoubtedly prove useful to his case. Utilizing local Florida legal resources may be to his benefit.

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