A conviction on weapons charges could lead to incarceration, fines, probation, and other penalties that can have a profound impact on your future. Whether the crime is a misdemeanor or felony, it will stick around to become part of your permanent record. A prosecutor has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, but it may be possible to exploit weaknesses in the case. You’ll need a knowledgeable Michigan criminal lawyer to take on your defense and strive to obtain the best outcome available under the law.
If you face accusations for carrying a concealed weapon or a felony firearms charge, it’s critical to retain the representation of a highly experienced weapons attorney. At the office of Michigan Defense Law, we’re committed to protecting your rights in both dangerous weapons and firearms matters, drawing upon our comprehensive legal backgrounds. We take advantage of every legal opportunity to fight the criminal case, avoid a conviction, or reduce the charges where possible for our clients. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Michigan law prohibits you from carrying ‘dangerous weapons,’ hidden firearms, or weapons on or around your body or in any vehicle. Carrying one is called a concealed weapons violation. This can lead to up to five years in prison, and a $2,500 fine.
Michigan does have a concealed gun license (CPL) that allows people to carry weapons provided they meet all the requirements. An individual who is licensed to carry concealed firearms cannot have one on their person, or in their vehicle, if they have any alcohol content of.02 or more or a controlled substance. A civil infraction, a misdemeanor, or criminal charge can be filed against you and your CPL may be lost. If you are arrested for an OWI while in possession of a gun you will receive a separate, additional charge, for possessing the gun while drunk driving. This will be a State Law charge because most local municipalities do not have a separate charge for this. That means your case will suddenly be prosecuted by the County/State prosecutor rather than the local city attorney. All of these nuances can affect the ultimate outcome of your case and the effect on your CPL.
Additionally, the law in Michigan states that it is also a crime to produce, distribute or sell certain weapons such as short-barreled shotguns and rifles. If you have been involved in a Michigan concealed weapons case, it is always best to speak with an experienced weapons lawyer who can help you win or at least minimize the impact of such a charge in your life. At Michigan Defense Law, firearms attorney Paul Tafelski and our team of defense lawyers can help. We have helped clients obtain a more favorable outcome to their cases including, in many cases, an acquittal.
To schedule a consultation, contact us today at (248) 451-2200.
The federal law sets a national baseline regarding the eligibility of individuals to possess and acquire firearms. Federal law generally prohibits people from possessing or purchasing firearms if they have been convicted for misdemeanors of domestic violence. Federal law does not include all possible violations. It has significant gaps that permit individuals with high-risk factors for violence and self-harm to legally possess and acquire guns.
The law prohibits anyone convicted of a felony or “specified crime” from possessing, using or transporting, buying, selling, purchasing, or shipping a firearm or ammunition. If the person has not fulfilled any statutory requirements to restore their ability to possess or own a firearm, such as serving any sentence or conditions to parole and paying any fines, they will be prohibited from doing so.
In addition, the state prohibits handgun sellers from selling firearms or ammunition to anyone under arrest for a crime. It is also prohibited to issue a handgun license to anyone local law enforcement believes would pose a danger to themselves or others or would commit a crime using the handgun. If you are involved in violations related to firearms, you need a gun rights lawyer to help you navigate the complexities of your case. Michigan Defense Law understands how important criminal defense is and how important it is to minimize the impact of such a charge in your life.
Michigan law enforcement and prosecutors are cracking down on violence in urban areas, so they’re actively pursuing a greater volume of weapons cases. Our lawyers dedicate time and effort to analyze your case and determine the best strategy to defend your interests. Whether it makes sense to contest the allegations or work with prosecutors on a reduced charge, we’ll make sure you understand your options. We handle all types of matters, including:
Dangerous Weapons Offenses
- Possession of a Hidden Firearm
- Felony Firearms Possession
- Possession of Firearms in Certain Locations
It’s a risk to represent yourself in a Michigan firearms crime case, especially when up against aggressive prosecuting attorneys. You face considerable penalties if convicted and your rights to legally own a firearm in the future are threatened.
Contact the law firm of Michigan Defense Law or contact us at (248) 451-2200 to help avoid the harsh penalties of a weapons crime conviction.
We’re happy to answer your questions or discuss your options at a case evaluation. Our experienced criminal defense lawyers have the in-depth knowledge to determine the best strategy for your case and obtain a favorable result.