Twin Cities Gun Charges Lawyer
A criminal charge that involves the use of a gun could result in a charge for a gun offense. In other words, one alleged criminal act could result in multiple criminal charges. If convicted of multiple charges, the penalties become more serious. For instance, a person can spend more time in prison, serving the sentences for the multiple convictions either concurrently (at the same time) or consecutively (one sentence begins when the other ends).
If you or a loved one has been charged with a gun offense, you can fight the gun offense charge and any other charge accompanying it. You have rights and they need to be protected, plus you have a future that you need to move toward. With the help of an experienced Minneapolis criminal defense attorney, you can fight for the best possible outcome in your case.
Effective Defense Against Gun Charges
Even if a gun offense is charged as a misdemeanor, the penalty could be up to 90 days in jail and fines of up to $1,000. Misdemeanor gun offenses include:
- Pointing a gun at another person, even if it’s unloaded
- Careless handling of a gun, placing others in danger
- Illegally transferring or possessing a firearm
If a gun offense is committed on school grounds, in a park, or in a public housing zone, then the charge can be classified as a gross misdemeanor, which has a penalty of one year in prison and $3,000 in fines.
The next classification is the felony gun charge, which can include the selling or possessing of sound mufflers or silencers for firearms, drive by shootings, or recklessly firing a gun within city limits. If a gun is fired intentionally with the purpose of endangering the safety of other people, then the charge is a felony. A felony gun conviction can result in up to 5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. The minimum conviction for a felony offense is two years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines.
Straightforward Criminal Defense
In addition to advocating for you and working with you to avoid the maximum penalties or any penalties at all for an alleged gun offense, your Minneapolis criminal defense attorney gives you answers. The legal process can be confusing and daunting, but your attorney will guide you through everything from start to finish. You will be educated so you know what to expect and will be presented with detailed options so you can make informed decisions. Not only do you have an advocate, but you have someone who can properly help you establish your expectations.
Contact A Minnetonka Criminal Defense Lawyer
Any time a firearm is involved in the commission of a crime, a separate weapon charge can be filed. A person can also be charged with a gun offense if they have previously been convicted of a felony and they are prohibited from possessing a firearm. Regardless of the reason behind the alleged gun offense, the right attorney by your side can make a difference in the outcome of your case. To learn more about how you can defend yourself against the charge, call James H. Leviton at 612-799-4740 to schedule a free consultation.