Do I Need an Attorney for a Weapons Charge?
With harsh sentences looming, you need a skilled and competent weapons defense attorney to help you navigate the criminal justice system and help to secure a lesser sentence, if guilty. Georgia prosecutes offenders for both possession as well as use of weapons. The severity of the charges and penalties depends on the inherent danger of the weapon and whether it was used to commit another crime. Your criminal record also plays a role in the severity of any prosecution on weapons charges. Penalties can be devastating to you and your family.
Possession of an illegal weapon, such a fully automatic machine gun, bazooka, sawed off rifle or shotgun, silencer, and rocket launcher can be prosecuted even if no one was hurt and no one was even threatened by the weapon. Mere possession of these contraband weapons is enough to establish guilt. The illegality of these types of weapons is based on a public policy determination made by the Georgia legislature.
Certain classifications of Georgia residents cannot own weapons, including minors under the age of 18, convicted felons, convicted drug dealers, and those determined to be mentally incapacitated or addicted to drugs or alcohol.
Weapons possession charges can escalate a prosecution for another felony, such as robbery, assault and battery, sex offenses, and burglary. Displaying a weapon to frighten and intimidate a victim during the commission of a crime turns that charge into an aggravated offense, with greater penalties, including mandatory minimum prison sentences.
You need a skilled weapons defense lawyer to represent you in a weapons charge to protect your rights, preserve your defenses, navigate the plea negotiation process with the prosecutor, and go to trial, if necessary.
A knowledgeable and competent weapons defense attorney will:
- Research the facts of your case as gathered by the police
- Investigate police tactics to ensure that evidence was gathered legally
- Independently examine the quality of evidence against you
- Locate and interview witnesses
- Hire investigators and expert witnesses, as needed
- Represent you in all court proceedings
- Analyze the impact of a criminal conviction and plea on immigration status
- Negotiate with the prosecutor’s office on your behalf to reduce bail, charges, and sentencing
Only a skilled and competent weapons defense attorney has the knowledge and experience to navigate the criminal justice system, knowing how to provide you with a realistic and compassionate assessment of the quality of the case the prosecution has put together against you.
Only a skilled and competent weapons defense lawyer knows when a plea deal is the right route. Due to public and political pressures, and the backlog of cases and overcrowded prisons, most prosecutions resolve without a jury trial, relying on plea negotiations with sentencing agreements. However, your weapons defense lawyer should have extensive trial experience so that you have the option to demand a trial before a jury of peers, as provided for in the Constitution, if that is the smartest choice to make.
Michael Fulcher Law is that skilled and competent criminal defense lawyer you can trust to bring you through investigation, indictment, arrest, and resolution. Let us help you. Call or contact us online now for a free consultation.