Dealing With Charges of Illegal Use of a Weapon

Charges pertaining to weapons offenses are very serious and they bring with them the risk of serious legal penalties. Anyone who has been charged with a crime related to carrying or using a weapon illegally must take the situation seriously and deal with it by retaining an experienced criminal lawyer who knows the laws and how to devise a solid defense strategy for the client.

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Today, many people carry weapons to protect themselves. Though this is permitted in some cases, the laws against the illegal use of a weapon are severe and must be respected in order to avoid serious penalties including possible jail time. Ignorance of the law is no excuse, which is why it is important for anyone who uses a weapon to be very aware of the responsibility that goes along with it.

Types of Weapons Charges

Carrying a weapon is a very serious responsibility. Given that, there is a wide variety of possible charges that come with irresponsible use of a dangerous weapon. There are a range of legal penalties that can come along with each type of legal infraction, and these must be taken seriously.

One charge is for the careless use or storage of a firearm. The penalty for this is a possible sentence of two to five years, and a fine of up to $5000. Pointing a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and the unauthorized possession of a firearm all carry a possible sentence of five years and a fine of up to $5000. Possession of a restricted firearm or a firearm with ammunition can carry a sentence of up to ten years, and a $5,000 fine. Obviously, these are very serious charges that might be avoided or lessened with the help of a dedicated and skilled lawyer who understands the laws.

Building a Solid Defense

It’s imperative that anyone charged with a crime relating to the improper and illegal use of a weapon seek out the help of an experienced lawyer immediately. Time if on your side in the case of a serious weapons charge, as the sooner your lawyer can begin researching your case and building a strategy, the better off you will be.

If you have been charged, you need to call for a legal consultation as soon as possible, and be candid with your lawyer about everything involved with your case. There are certain conditions that may give your legal team an opportunity to work with a judge to lessen the charges against you, especially if it is a first offense. You must be completely candid with your lawyer so they can work as your advocate. Judges do have a fair amount of leeway in sentencing, depending on the details of the case, and your lawyer will work hard to ensure you have the fairest possible outcome in your case.

If you have been charged with a weapons offense, don’t delay. Call on expert representation today.

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Young Offenders, including: Special attention for young persons charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA)

Assault, including: Domestic Assault, Assault With a Weapon, Aggravated Assault, Assault Causing Bodily Harm

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