Maryland Weapon Offense Attorney
Serving Clients in Baltimore, Bel Air, Annapolis and the rest of Maryland
In certain situations, ownership and use of a weapon can be a crime in the state of Maryland. Weapon-related offenses range in severity, as do their associated penalties.
The exact charges will vary depending on:
- The type of weapon
- How the weapon was used
- How the weapon was carried
- The location of the incident
- Whether the weapon was used in association with a separate crime
If you were charged with a weapons crime, you need legal representation right away to protect your rights. The federal laws regarding weapons can be extremely confusing, so it is important to work with an experienced attorney who understands how these laws apply to your case. Our Maryland federal crimes attorneys know the ins and outs of what is and is not allowed when it comes to the possession, use, and sale of weapons.
If you are facing criminal charges, contact Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates at (443) 709-9999 right away.
Felon in Possession of a Gun
By law, a convicted felon may not possess a firearm. This means that any person previously convicted of a felony can be charged with a federal weapon offense for simply owning or transporting a gun.
Generally, the mandatory minimum sentence for a felon convicted with a gun possession charge is five years in prison. However, the circumstances of your situation will impact potential penalties. For example, repeat offenses can cost you more severe consequences.
Our Maryland weapon offense attorney can help you understand the charges against you and craft an effective defense on your behalf. We will make sure you are aware of your legal rights and options as we guide you through the criminal justice process.
Using a Weapon While Committing a Separate Crime
If you were found to be using a weapon in any capacity while committing a crime, you may be charged with an aggravated offense. You can still be charged with this crime even if the weapon did not cause any injury. For example, threatening to shoot a gun while conducting some other criminal offense will put you at risk of aggravated, weapon-related charges.
How We Can Help
We may be able to defend you from weapon use and possession charges by arguing that:
- The weapon was not illegal
- You did not actually possess the weapon
- You were acting in self-defense
- The object was not actually a weapon
We understand that the laws surrounding weapon possession and use can be convoluted – you may not understand how the laws apply to your situation. To avoid potentially life-altering consequences, seek representation from a Maryland weapon crime attorney who can position you for a favorable outcome. The Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates offers comprehensive representation that prioritizes your well-being while protecting your rights.
Serving Clients in Baltimore, Bel Air, Annapolis & All of Maryland