Singer Tory Lanez Arrested; Gun and Drug Charges

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Canadian hip hop and R&B Artist  Daystar Peterson, known as Tory Lanez was arrested Thursday in Florida’s Broward County.  Lanez is well-known for the mixtape Lost Cause and the singles, “Say It,” and “Luv”, which climbed to number 23, and 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

He was charged with carrying a concealed firearm, possession of cannabis 20 grams or less, failure to register a motor vehicle, driving without a valid driver’s license and failure to show proof of liability insurance.

Tory Lanez Mugshot – CREDIT- Broward Sheriff’s Office

In the state of Florida possession of cannabis 20 grams or less is considered a first-degree misdemeanor. It is punishable by up to one year in jail and or a $1,000 fine. However, the charges of carrying a concealed firearm are a little more serious. In the state of Florida it is a felony offense for a person to knowingly carry a concealed firearm without having a valid license and concealed weapons permit.

According to Section 790.01(2), Florida Statutes:

To prove the offense at trial, the State must establish the following two elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. The defendant knowingly carried on or about his person a firearm;
  2. The firearm was concealed from the ordinary sight of another person.
    • See Fla. Std. Jury Instr. (Crim) 10.1

The penalties for Carrying a Concealed Firearm in Florida are fairly severe. The offense is generally classified as a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison or 5 years of probation, and a $5,000 fine.

Lanez was released from jail after posting his $1,000 bond. On May 4, he is set to embark on Future’s “Nobody’s Safe” tour. Lanez and his representatives have yet to comment on the situation.

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