Michigan Criminal Defense Attorneys Fighting Weapon Charges
Gun and dangerous weapons charges are among the most serious crimes under Michigan law. Due to the potential for causing harm or death to others, law enforcement officers crack down on investigating these crimes. Plus, prosecuting attorneys are aggressive in pursuing the charges, and will take all legal action necessary to secure a conviction. Without an attorney, an accused individual puts his or her rights at great risk.
If you’re facing weapons charges in Michigan, it’s critical to consult with the criminal defense attorneys at Van Den Heuvel Law Office right away. Our experienced lawyers have represented many individuals accused of weapons crimes, using proven defense strategies to fight the charges.
A Weapon Charges Conviction Has Serious Implications
A conviction for weapons offenses can mean prison time and hefty fines, but the state must still prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. Our knowledgeable attorneys will advocate on your behalf and ensure protection of your legal rights, including charges related to:
- Felon in Possession of a Firearm: A person convicted on a previous felony charge must meet certain legal requirements before he or she can lawfully carry a gun. Violations of the law can lead to a felony conviction, which carries a prison sentence up to five years and a maximum fine of $5,000.
- Carrying a Concealed Weapon: Under Michigan law, it’s a felony to carry firearms and certain dangerous weapons, including daggers, stilettos, and double-edged knives. If you’re convicted for an offense under this section, you may be sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison and be ordered to pay a fine up to $2,5000.
Note that there are certain exceptions:
- Hunting knives are excluded from the description of the offense.
- If you have the proper license and are carrying a firearm consistent with that license, there is no crime.
- There are no restrictions upon carrying a dangerous weapon or firearm within your own home, place of business, or upon land that you possess.
- Illegal Weapons: There are certain weapons that lawmakers have determined have no legal purpose, so there is an outright ban on possession, manufacturing, and selling them. Illegal weapons include:
- Machine guns;
- Metal knuckles;
- Mufflers or silencers; and,
- Other weapons listed in the statute.
Contact a Michigan Weapon Charges Defense Lawyer Right Away
You put your legal rights at risk if you attempt to represent yourself in connection with weapons charges, so you’ll need a skilled attorney to defend your interests in court. The attorneys at Van Den Heuvel Law Office are committed to fighting the allegations, identifying weaknesses in the case against you, and obtaining the best possible outcome under the law. If you’re facing weapons charges, time is of the essence to speak with a member of our legal team. Our lawyers have been representing clients throughout Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb Counties in criminal defense cases for more than 70 years, so please call us at 616-698-0000 or visit us online to discuss your situation.