Defending Clients Against Even The Most Serious Violent Crime Charges
Although the U.S. Constitution grants every citizen the right to bear arms, that right can be restricted or revoked if you are charged with using that weapon in an unlawful manner. Plus, if you have a prior felony conviction, you will be barred from possessing any type of firearm in the future. If you are an avid hunter, or your job requires you to carry a gun, this law can be devastating.
At the North Carolina law firm of Gerrans, Foster & Sargeant, PA, we have been fighting in defense our clients' rights, reputations and freedom for more than 30 years. Our Kinston and Morehead City weapons offenses attorneys have experience representing individuals accused of all types of weapons violations, including:
Carrying a concealed weapon
If you are found outside your own property with a concealed handgun, stun gun, brass knuckles, knife or other weapon, you may be charged with this crime. A first offense is a Class 2 misdemeanor, which carries up to 60 days jail for a first offense and up to 15 months in jail for a second or subsequent offense.
Using a firearm to commit a felony or drug crime
Simply being found with a gun in your possession will aggravate any other felony charges or drug-related offenses. Robbery, for instance, may be increased to robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons, which carries a much longer mandatory active prison sentence.
Possessing a weapon on school property
Carrying any type of weapon onto the grounds of an elementary school, high school, university or other school can be a misdemeanor or felony offense, depending on the type of weapon. For instance, a shotgun will likely be viewed as a far greater threat than a BB gun.
Carrying a weapon into a bar or other establishment
If you carry a firearm into any establishment that sells alcohol or charges admission, you may be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor, resulting in up to 120 days of jail time.
Contact Our Eastern NC Gun Charges Attorneys
If you have been charged with weapons offenses or firearm offenses in North Carolina, take action to defend your rights and your freedom. Schedule a consultation with one of the criminal law lawyers at Gerrans, Foster & Sargeant, PC, by calling us at 252.522.4500, or send us an email today.