Weapons / Firearm Offenses

Criminal Defense Shakopee, MN

A weapons-related criminal charge is very serious, especially for those who are not allowed to legally carry a weapon, such as someone previously convicted of a felony. It is possible to receive jail time, fines, and for another criminal charge to be enhanced by a weapons charge.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a weapons offense by itself or as part of another alleged criminal act, you have the right to defend yourself against the charges with the help of a Minnesota criminal attorney. There are times when the weapons charge can be completely dropped from a case if the circumstances are right.

Defending Against All Types Of Weapons Charges

There are different reasons why a person may be charged with a weapons offense. Some of those reasons are:

  • Intentionally pointing a loaded or unloaded gun at a person
  • Carelessly handling a dangerous weapon, gun, or explosive that endangers the safety of other individual.
  • Manufacturing a slingshot or selling a slingshot
  • Transferring, manufacturing, or possessing metal knuckles, a switchblade, or similar weapon.
  • Possessing any object or substance that can be considered a weapon.

All of these may be classified as misdemeanor offenses. However, committing the offense on school property, a park, or in a housing area can upgrade the charge to a gross misdemeanor with penalties that involve a $3,000 fine and a year in jail. The charge can be classified as a felony if a person is found to be possessing or selling a firearm silencer or muffler, the firearm is discharged carelessly within city limits, or someone is seriously injured due to the discharge of a firearm.

Fighting For The Best Result

It is possible to be wrongly accused of a weapons offense. The charges can even be dropped or reduced. Your criminal defense attorney will evaluate every aspect of the arrest, why the weapons charge is in place, and if there is anything that constitutes requesting that the charge be dismissed. If it can’t be dismissed, it may be able to be reduced. Your attorney may also be able to work with the prosecution to make a deal in the case that allows you to move on with your life much sooner. Having a Minnesota criminal lawyer by your side who knows the law, knows how to negotiate, and who knows how the court system works is going to enable you to receive a much better outcome in your case so that you can move on with your life.

Contact A Scott County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Illegally possessing a firearm can result in a criminal charge that can have an impact on your future. If you or a loved one has been charged with a weapons or firearm offense, it is important that you defend yourself by calling an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. To learn more about your rights and options, call Langemo Law at 952-556-0056 to schedule a free consultation.