Firearm Charge Defense
The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution represents a careful balancing act between an American’s right to bear arms and the need to regulate gun ownership and use. While this balance is meant to protect both rights and safety, the result is often a confusing sea of ever-changing gun laws that can be complex and difficult to follow.
Most residents who possess a firearm want to do so legally. They don’t intend to break any gun laws, and they are often as dismayed to discover they have inadvertently done so. Unfortunately, gun crime is a “hot-button” issue in the U.S., and police and prosecutors zealously pursue weapons charges as a result. State gun crime laws may also be written to impose strict penalties, such as mandatory minimum jail or prison sentences.
Facing a weapons charge is difficult, but you do not have to do it alone. Working with a skilled Maryland weapons charges attorney will help you to protect your legal rights to the fullest possible extent. At Alpert Schreyer, our attorneys have years of experience defending those who face weapon charges in Maryland.
Types of Maryland Weapons Charges
There are a variety of circumstances under which a person may be charged with a weapons crime and weapons offenses may be considered separate charges in addition to those of other crimes. For example, a person may be arrested for a theft crime but can also be prosecuted for a weapons crime if one was involved. Some of the weapons crimes prosecuted under Maryland law include:
- possession of a concealed dangerous weapon;
- publicly displayed possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure another in an unlawful manner;
- possession of a knife, firearm or any type of deadly weapon on public school property (unless authorized to do so);
- storing or leaving a loaded firearm in a place where the person knew or should have known that an unsupervised child could gain access to it; and
- wearing, carrying, or transporting a concealed or open handgun on the person or in a vehicle.
It is also possible for weapons crimes to aggravate other criminal charges. If you have been accused of a weapons crime or another crime that involved the possession or use of a dangerous or deadly weapon, you face an aggressive prosecution and significant penalties if convicted, which is why you must meet the prosecution with an equally aggressive defense.
Protecting Your Legal Rights is Our Priority
Each and every person accused of a crime has the right to legal representation. At Alpert Schreyer, our aggressive defense attorneys have years of experience in defending our clients’ rights and fighting overzealous prosecutors against excessive penalties and/or unjust conviction. If you have been arrested for a weapons crime in Waldorf or anywhere in the State of Maryland, your best chance is in a strong defense lawyer. To speak to one of our attorneys about your particular case, call us today for a free consultation at (866) 444-6363.
Maryland’s Weapons Laws
Maryland has a number of laws that apply specifically to possession and use of weapons, including firearms, knives, and other objects. For instance, wearing or carrying a concealed dangerous weapon without the proper permit is a misdemeanor, and a convicted person may face years in jail, significant fines or both. Similar penalties may be imposed if a person is convicted of carrying a weapon on school property, or if a person is convicted of storing a loaded firearm in a place where a child can access it.
Making matters more complicated is the fact that not all Maryland’s weapons laws apply in every Maryland county, or the laws do not apply in each county in the same way. For instance, target practice is generally permitted in Montgomery County, but is prohibited in Anne Arundel County or Caroline County except under certain circumstances. Some Maryland cities also have ordinances that regulate the use of firearms and other weapons within the city. With each added layer of law, it becomes easier for the owner of a weapon to accidentally violate a rule that applies to his or her weapon – or to appear as if he or she has done so.
Penalties for Weapons-Related Convictions
Many weapons-related convictions in Maryland come with stiff penalties. Jail time and/or significant fines are imposed in many weapons cases if a person is convicted. A person convicted of a weapons crime in Waldorf may also be forced to give up his or her weapon or required to perform community service, serve probation, pay court fees and costs, or carry out other tasks. A weapons conviction may even prevent the convicted person from purchasing or owning certain types of weapons in the future, no matter how careful he or she plans to be.
Defending Your Legal Rights
Every person charged with a weapons crime in Waldorf has certain legal rights, including the right to consult an attorney of that person’s choice. At Alpert Schreyer, our skilled attorneys have been the attorneys of choice for many Maryland residents facing weapons charges. We’re dedicated to fully protecting the legal rights of each person we represent and fighting for the best possible results in every case. For a confidential consultation, contact us today.