The laws in Arizona that allow you to legally possess a firearm are fairly lenient. Even so, those who choose to take advantage of this right must be sure to understand their obligations under the law. This includes both demonstrating responsible gun ownership and avoiding the illegal use of these weapons.
Gun charges in Arizona can come with severe consequences, and incidents involving the alleged use of a firearm to commit a crime can bring the harshest penalties under state law. In addition, merely bringing a gun into certain places can result in felony charges. If you are facing criminal charges related to the improper ownership or use of a firearm, reach out to a Glendale gun lawyer now. The skilled attorneys at Grand Canyon Law Group are ready to explain your rights under the law and develop a defense to protect your way of life.
In many instances, gun charges involve accusations of firearm use while engaging in other criminal behavior. For example, having a gun in one’s possession during the commission of a crime is an aggravating factor that can immediately make a criminal offense more serious. An experienced attorney at our Glendale office is prepared to help if you are facing allegations related to criminal acts while in possession of a weapon. This can include cases involving supposed assaults, robberies, or sex crimes.
One common example of these types of gun cases involves alleged burglary. According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-1506, a burglary in the third degree is a class 4 felony. However, AZ Rev. Stat. § 13-1508 describes a burglary in the first degree as an event where a person commits this offense while having a gun or other deadly weapon. The only differentiating factor here is a defendant’s supposed possession of a firearm.
Burglary in the first degree is at least a class 3 felony. This can bring a minimum prison sentence of five years, with some sentences extending to eight years. If a defendant has a prior felony conviction, these prison terms will be even longer. A Glendale gun lawyer at our firm can fight to avoid these outcomes.
Not every criminal allegation related to firearms in Arizona alleges that a person has illegally used a weapon. Some statutes make it a criminal offense to merely possess these items. For instance, AZ Rev. Stat. § 13-3102 prohibits people with a prior felony conviction involving drugs from ever legally possessing a firearm. This same statute also prevents people from bringing guns into a school, discharging weapons during supposed gang activity, or possessing illegal weapons, such as sawed-off shotguns.
Convictions under this statute can be either misdemeanors or felonies. A knowledgeable gun attorney at our firm is prepared to create a defense against the specific allegations of illegal possession or use.
Even if a gun charge is only a misdemeanor, a conviction will create a criminal record, could jeopardize your future ability to own a firearm, or require you to spend time in jail. Other cases are felonies that carry mandatory-minimum prison sentences, even if you have no criminal record. It is crucially important that you act swiftly to protect yourself.
Consult with a Glendale gun lawyer about the next steps to take in your case. The dedicated attorneys at Grand Canyon Law Group can evaluate the reason for your arrest and determine the strength of the prosecutor’s case. We will work to develop a defense that aims to protect your rights, freedom, and reputation. Call our team now to discuss your options.