Weapon Crime Attorneys
Have you been charged with a weapon crime in Colorado Springs or the Pikes Peaks region? The Foley Law Firm can help.
Weapon Crime Attorneys in Colorado Springs, CO
The U.S. Constitution’s second amendment states the people’s right to keep and bear arms. Still, each state has unique policies regarding the possession and use of weapons. If you have been charged with the illegal possession of a weapon or another weapon crime in Colorado Springs, you may be unsure where to turn.
Working with a weapon crimes defense lawyer who fully understands Colorado’s weapon laws and is dedicated to assisting your case is essential. When you hire The Foley Law Firm, you benefit from a personalized defense and assistance from legal professionals who truly care about your case.
We can help you put your life back together — call us today.
Examples of Colorado Springs Weapon Crimes
Colorado weapon laws are complex, and residents often unknowingly violate them. Below are a few common examples of weapon crimes in Colorado Springs:
- Possessing a “dangerous weapon” (machine gun, ballistic knife, etc.)
- Possessing a firearm if you are under 18
- Possessing a firearm with a previous conviction
- Concealed carry without a license
- Carrying a loaded firearm, other than a revolver or pistol, in a motor vehicle
- Violating airport firearm policies
- Illegally discharging a weapon
- Knowingly aiming a firearm at another person
Understanding Illegal Carry, Use, or Purchase of a Weapon in Colorado
Illegally owning, carrying, or using a weapon can land you with criminal charges in Colorado.
In Colorado, you are barred from owning a firearm if any of the following are true:
- You are under 18.
- You have a previous conviction of a felony, an attempt to commit a felony, or a crime punishable for one or more years.
- You have a domestic assault conviction.
- You are subject to a protective order.
- You are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- You have been deemed “mentally defective.”
- You are a fugitive from the law.
If none of the above applies to you, you can legally own and openly carry a firearm in Colorado as long as it is visible at all times. You must have a concealed carry license if you wish to carry a concealed firearm.
Colorado law prohibits the following uses of weapons:
- Knowingly and unlawfully aiming a weapon at another person
- Knowingly setting a trap that could cause an explosion or gunshot and leaving it unattended
- Recklessly discharging a gun or bow and arrow
- Possessing a firearm while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Knowingly swinging, aiming, or throwing a nunchaku or throwing star, except as a public demonstration
Colorado weapon laws are lengthy and complex. If you’ve been charged with a related crime, allow our Colorado Springs weapon crime lawyers to defend you.
What Weapons Are Illegal to Possess in Colorado Springs, CO?
Colorado distinguishes between “dangerous weapons” and “illegal weapons.” Dangerous weapons include the following:
- Firearm silencers
- Short shotguns
- Short rifles
- Machine guns
- Ballistic knives
Illegal weapons include:
- Gas guns
- Metallic knuckles
Knowingly possessing a dangerous weapon is a class 5 felony, and subsequent offenses are class 4 felonies. Knowingly possessing an illegal weapon is a class 1 misdemeanor.
Our experienced gun defense lawyers can assist you if you have been charged with possessing a dangerous or illegal weapon.
Consequences for Weapon Crime Convictions and Strategies for Defense in Colorado Springs
The consequences of a weapon crimes conviction vary depending on the charges:
- Class 1 misdemeanors are punishable by up to 364 days in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines.
- Class 5 felonies are punishable by one to three years in state prison and/or $1,000 to $100,000 in fines.
- Class 4 felonies are punishable by two to six years in state prison and/or $2,000 to $500,000 in fines.
Presenting a strong defense against your charges can help you avoid these consequences and clear your name.
We can review the circumstances surrounding your case and create a personalized defense to help you achieve a favorable outcome. For instance, many of the statutes above include the language “knowingly.” Possessing illegal weapons is generally only a crime if the person does so knowingly. We can gather evidence to show that you did not know a firearm or dangerous weapon was in your possession at the time of the charges.
We will also review the circumstances in which the officer frisked or searched you. If the officer did not have probable cause or a search warrant, they may have searched you and discovered the weapon unlawfully, which could negate their evidence against you.
Work Closely with The Foley Law Firm – Experienced Colorado Springs Weapon Crime Lawyers
Facing a criminal charge is a serious matter; you should do everything you can to defend yourself.
The Foley Law Firm can help you develop a defense strategy that improves your case outcomes. We know that facing criminal charges can be overwhelming, but we pour years of experience and a personal commitment to our clients into every case we take on.
Not sure where to turn? The Foley Law Firm can help. Call (719) 757-1182 for your FREE consultation with weapon crime attorneys personally committed to your defense.
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