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Protecting Your Rights From Gun Law Violations
While there are many legitimate and lawful reasons to be carrying a weapon in Michigan, the practice is tightly regulated – especially when that weapon is a gun. Even if you are a responsible owner with the proper license, accidentally breaking the law is easier than you may think.
If you are facing weapons charges, you need to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer. As a former prosecutor with more than 30 years of experience, I can guide you through this difficult time, defend your rights and help you mitigate the consequences of your weapons charges.
When Gun Possession Is A Crime
Even if you are otherwise acting legally, merely possessing a concealed weapon can be a crime if you don’t have a valid concealed pistol license (CPL) or are violating the terms of the license. This includes:
- Carrying a concealed firearm while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Carrying a firearm while operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated
- Carrying a concealed firearm on prohibited premises
It is important to note that the blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) threshold is much lower for carrying a concealed pistol (no more than 0.02 percent) than it is for driving (no more than 0.08 percent).
Depending on your BAC, the charges you face range from a civil infraction to a misdemeanor. In any case, your weapon would be seized and you would face suspension or revocation of your CPL.
Other Weapons Offenses
I am also ready to vigorously defend you against other charges related to weapons possession, including:
- Being a felon in possession of a firearm
- Use of a weapon in the commission of a crime
- Possession of a weapon while committing a crime
These offenses will be or can be charged as felonies, which can come with fines and serious jail time. Moreover, many prosecutors are aggressive about pursuing weapons charges and may not be eager to offer a plea deal. For these reasons and more, it is critical to have a criminal defense attorney on your side throughout the entire process. The sooner you get me involved, the more help I may be able to provide.
Contact Me For A Free Discussion About Your Case
My law practice is based in Ann Arbor and I proudly serve clients throughout Washtenaw County and surrounding communities. To take advantage of a free initial consultation about your criminal charges, call Stacey M. Washington, Attorney and Counselor, at 734-274-6567. You can also send me an email.