As an American citizen, you have the right to bear arms. Like many of our other constitutional rights, your right to own and use firearms is subject to certain state and federal restrictions. For example, a convicted felon cannot own firearms.
Individuals who violate these restrictions can face criminal weapons charges. Depending on the charge, you could potentially face prison time, steep fines, and other criminal penalties. In addition to your right to bear arms, you have the right to defend your case against a criminal charge with the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer. If you are charged with a weapons offense, be proactive and contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Michigan recognizes a variety of gun-related offenses. These include:
There are many potential defenses to your charge. The right defense strategy for your case depends on the nature of the charge and the circumstances surrounding it. Defense strategies that can be used effectively against gun charges include:
Ideally, your defense strategy will result in the charge being dismissed, but in some cases, the best case scenario is to have it lowered or to secure a plea bargain.
If you are facing a gun charge or any other type of criminal charge, work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer to defend your case to potentially have the charge lowered or dismissed completely. To get started on your legal defense strategy, contact our team at The Van Den Heuvel Law Office today to set up your initial legal consultation in our office.