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 attorney to take on your defense and strive to obtain the best outcome available under the law.
If you face charges for carrying a concealed weapon or a felony firearm charge, it’s critical to retain the representation of highly experienced lawyers. 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 charges, avoid a conviction, or reduce the charges where possible.Your Defense is Our Priority in a Michigan Criminal Case
Michigan law enforcement and prosecutors are cracking down on violence in urban areas, so they’re actively pursuing greater volume of weapons cases. Our attorneys 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:
- Firearms Crimes: Under Michigan law, gun charges fall into three main categories:
- Possession of a Concealed Firearm: It’s illegal to carry a gun if concealed by your clothing or otherwise, unless you have the proper license to do so or fall within one of the exceptions.
- Felony Firearm Possession: If you’re in possession of a gun while committing another crime, the act of carrying the firearm is itself a separate felony. The penalties are also separate, added onto the sentence you may receive for the underlying crime.
- Possession of a Firearm in Certain Locations: It’s against the law to possess a gun when present in certain places, including churches, court houses, day care facilities, and hospitals.
- Dangerous Weapons Offenses: There are also laws against carrying a dangerous weapon, which would apply to any object you have in your possession for purposes of making an attack or self-defense. This might include a knife, baseball bat, metal pipe, or other items. It’s often possible to contest the charges by showing proof that you never intended to use the object as a weapon.
It’s a risk to represent yourself in a Michigan weapons 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. Please contact the law firm of Michigan Defense Law or call our Bloomfield Hills office 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 attorneys have the in-depth knowledge to determine the best strategy to fight the charges and obtain a favorable result.