Attorney Shawn Haff of The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan will provide aggressive representation to anyone charged with firearm crimes in all West Michigan courts.
Please don’t hire another attorney or law firm until you’ve talked with The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan regarding the firearm crimes you are being charged with at 616-438-6719.
If you are a convicted felon you must meet certain requirements before you are lawfully allowed to carry a firearm. If you, as a qualifying felon, are caught in possession of a firearm, you could be facing charges that are a felony and a prison term of 5 years along with potential fines of up to $5,000.
Carrying a concealed weapon in Michigan can result in serious charges. It is a felony and unlawful in Michigan to carry a firearm or other dangerous weapon. With respect to a handgun in Michigan, it is illegal to carry a handgun on your person, or concealed, or in a vehicle without a license to carry a concealed weapon. Additionally, if you are licensed to carry a concealed firearm, you must do so consistent with the rules issued at the time of licensing.
The penalty for CCW, carrying a concealed weapon, in Michigan, is that you may face up to 5 years in prison and $2,500 in fines.
It is a separate felony to possess a firearm at the time of the commission of a crime in Michigan. this charge is called felony firearm. When a crime is committed in Michigan and the defendant is in possession of a firearm, the statute calls for a 2-year mandatory sentence in prison. This sentence will be added to any additional penalties for the original charge.
In certain criminal cases, additional charges can be added because the offender was in possession of a firearm at the time of the offense. Felony Firearm Possession charges are very serious charges and can result in mandatory prison time which may be added to whatever sentence you receive for the initial crime you are accused of committing. Anyone charged with Felony Firearm possession in Grand Rapids or any West Michigan county needs to contact The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan right away! Our felony firearm lawyers will aggressively defend you against these charges.
Felony Firearm Possession can result from all drug crimes, gang violence, assault, and other criminal cases, and without a skilled attorney, could lead to years in prison. Always speak with a criminal defense lawyer as soon as you can and make sure your rights are fully protected.
The extremely tough punishments prescribed by the felony firearm penalty clearly shows us that the legislature intended to discourage a criminal from using a gun while committing an act that is a felony in the state of Michigan. When a firearm is being used during the commission of a felony, the chance of a serious injury or death increases dramtically. An experienced felony firearm lawyer will make sure that your rights, liberties, and best interests are guarded.
Defenses that can defeat a felony firearm charge include proving that the defendant can show there was no knowledge of the existence or location of the firearm that the prosecutor claims was used during the commission of the felony crime. The prosecution must also prove that the firearm was accessible to the person charged with committing a felony with a firearm. If there was no firearm using during the commission of a felony, this is a powerful defense against the charge. Self-defense can be raised as a defense if there is evidence to support the claim. There are some people who try to claim that because their gun was not loaded they can’t be charged with felony firearm. This is false. The gun does not need to be loaded. The gun does not need to be operable. The person who is the victim of the crime needs to believe the weapon was loaded or operable.
If you are under investigation for Felony Firearm Possession call our firm right away to get a free initial consultation. We know what it takes to get you the best results possible.
Possessing a gun does not have to involve you actually carrying the gun with you, and could just mean that you had a firearm in your house along with illicit narcotics, in your car during the commission of a crime, or concealed on your person. Although the gun may not have been connected to the offense or involved in committing a crime, prosecutors may push for additional charges.
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