Gun Charges Explained
In general, gun charges cover a broad range of offenses involving a firearm.
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”
While the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms, there are restrictions and limitations.
How can my rights be restricted?
There are a variety of reasons your rights may be specifically restricted. In some situations, it is considered unlawful for an individual to possess a firearm if they do not have a permit. Restrictions also come into play if someone is a convicted felon. Once an individual has been convicted of a felony such as a drug crime, a violent offense, misdemeanor, or domestic violence crimes, they face such restrictions.
To clarify, this restriction may apply for 5 years, 10 years, or as a lifetime prohibition on the possession of firearms. However, it depends on the crime of conviction. In general, the more severe or serious the prior crime, the longer the prohibition period.
Furthermore, when a violent crime is committed with a firearm, the sentence is commonly presumed to be imprisonment and the offender is usually required to register as a violent offender.
Speak with a Criminal Defense Lawyer to understand your rights
Gun laws vary by state, and there are limitations and restrictions depending on an individual’s background or history. Jeremy Koop can help if you're facing criminal charges due to weapons violations.
A felony conviction can carry serious consequences such as prison time and a criminal record that will follow you forever. An experienced attorney like Jeremy D. Koop can help you protect your rights and prepare the best defense possible for your case. Contact us today.
The information provided in this article does not constitute legal advice; it is for general informational purposes only.