After being arrested for speeding on a motorcycle and carrying multiple weapons, an NBA player was indicted recently on additional weapons and traffic charges related to his September arrest. According to an nba.com story, the athlete was riding a motorcycle along the Capital Beltway in Prince George’s County at 10 p.m. while carrying two loaded handguns and a loaded shotgun. A recent addition to the list of concealed weapons being carried by the man included an 8 ½-inch Bowie knife.
The article explains that it is illegal in the State of Maryland to carry concealed weapons and to transport loaded handguns. The misdemeanor charges that this man now faces include:
- Two counts of carrying a dangerous weapon
- Two counts of carrying a handgun
- Two counts of transporting a handgun
- One count reckless driving
- One count negligent driving
Each of the weapon counts carries a penalty of up to three years in prison if the athlete is convicted. When the initial charges were filed, the man was facing only two counts of carrying a handgun and with driving in excess of reasonable and prudent speed.
Many residents and visitors of Maryland are just as susceptible to being accused of a gun-related crime as the athlete in this case was, especially if they are suspected of violating a firearm law or weapons regulation. The article mentioned that Prince George’s County has attempted to institute minimum sentences of one year for first-time gun offenders, but has had little success thus far. Nevertheless, being accused of a weapons or gun offense in the State of Maryland is a serious matter that should not be taken lightly.
If you have been accused of a concealed weapons charge, whether it relates to a firearm, knife, or other item considered a weapon, it may be in your best interest to seek the legal counsel and representation of a skilled Maryland weapons charge defense attorney. At Alpert Schreyer, LLC, our criminal defense lawyers are experienced in combating criminal charges and know what it takes to protect your rights and defend the charges against you. Call Alpert Schreyer at 866-444-6363 today for a free consultation.
Source article: http://www.nba.com/2009/news/11/03/cavs.west.ap/