Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
Exercising Second Amendment rights is important to many Washington residents, evidenced through 42% of the population being gun owners. Facing Unlawful Possession of a Firearm charges can be frustrating as it can continue to affect your gun rights in Washington. The Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer is a leading criminal defense firm specializing in criminal defense, including charges related to Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Our attorneys will analyze the specifics of your case, assessing and communicating with you what present legal options there may be.
Understanding Unlawful Possession of a Firearm charges in Washington
The complexity of the law as well as the seriousness of potential penalties underlines the importance of having a qualified criminal defense attorney represent you while facing criminal charges. Owning, possessing, or carrying any firearms following a conviction that takes away gun rights can lead to criminal charges such as the ones being discussed. The different degrees you may be charged with as well their maximum penalties are as follows:
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the 1st Degree: If you have been allegedly carrying a weapon after losing your gun rights due to a serious felony, you could face this charge. This crime is categorized as a Class B Felony, carrying up to 10 years in prison and up to $20,000.00 in fines.
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the 2nd Degree: If you have lost your gun rights due to a crime that is not a most serious offense but still a prohibitor to owning guns, and are possessing or carrying a gun you may face this charge. This offense is classified as a Class C Felony, carrying up to 5 years in prison and up to $10,000.00 in fines.
Why Choose Us
At the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer, we understand the intricacies of Washington’s firearm laws and have a proven track record of successfully defending clients facing unlawful possession charges. Here’s why you should choose our firm:
Strategic Approach: We take a strategic approach to each case, meticulously analyzing the elements surrounding your arrest in order to understand the unique circumstances of your case. Our goal is to build a strong defense strategy tailored to your specific situation.
Aggressive Advocacy: We believe in fighting relentlessly for our clients’ rights. Our attorneys are known for their tenacity and will vigorously advocate for you throughout the legal process. We will explore all possible avenues for dismissal, reduction of charges, or alternative sentencing options.
Client-Centered Representation: Our office involves our clients in the legal process by keeping them informed and including them in the decision making process to lessen the stress and weight that a criminal charge may carry.
Collaborative Approach: Our firm operates on a collaborative model, which means that you benefit from the collective knowledge and experience of our entire legal team. When you choose us, you’re not just hiring an attorney; you’re gaining access to a network of skilled professionals working together to protect your rights.
Our Defense Strategies
Every unlawful possession of a firearm case is unique, and we develop defense strategies tailored to the specific circumstances of each client. Our attorneys may employ various tactics, including:
We meticulously examine the evidence against you, looking for any flaws, inconsistencies, or violations of your constitutional rights. If the evidence was obtained illegally or is unreliable, we will fight to have it suppressed or excluded from the trial.
Unlawful possession charges often require the prosecution to prove that you had knowledge of the firearm’s presence and the intent to possess it unlawfully. We will work to cast doubt on the prosecution’s ability to establish these elements of the offense.
Our attorneys carry a deep understanding of constitutional law in order to protect and uphold your rights through the criminal justice system. They will challenge any violations of your rights, such as illegal seizures or interrogation methods.
In some cases, we may seek to negotiate for alternative sentencing options, such as diversion programs or probation, instead of more punitive punishments. Our goal is to minimize the impact of the charges on your life and future.
How We Can Help
It is crucial to have a strong defense team on your side, so do not wait to seek legal representation. At the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer, we are committed to protecting your rights, preserving your freedom, and achieving the best possible outcome for your case. Our attorneys will review the details of your case and work to build a solid defense while maintaining high quality service.
Don’t hesitate, call the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer today at (360) 334-6277 to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly experienced attorneys.