Virginia Gun Attorney
Although the United States Constitution upholds the right of American citizens to keep and bear arms, that right is conditional and can be revoked. Each state is responsible for establishing and enforcing pertinent laws that explain and define the rights of its citizens. In Virginia, these laws require that individuals who possess and carry a concealed firearm must have a valid permit. Carrying a concealed firearm without a permit, and similar violations, are serious criminal offenses which can lead to misdemeanor charges. If you have been charged with a violation of this area of Virginia law, protect your rights and build a strong defense with the help of a qualified and aggressive Virginia gun lawyer.
Virginia Gun Laws
In Virginia, there are several laws outlining who can own, possess, or carry guns and any relevant restrictions that could limit the situations where the citizens are able to carry weapons. We represent those accused of violating those laws. Some commonly prosecuted firearm offenses include but are not limited to:
- Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit – misdemeanor for the first offense; felony upon second and subsequent offenses
- Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon – felony offense with mandatory minimum sentencing
- Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony – felony offense with mandatory minimum sentencing, separate from the felony in which the gun was used or displayed
Convictions of these or any similar crimes carry significant jail or prison time, even for crimes of unlawful possession in which the weapon was never brandished or discharged. Mandatory minimum sentencing for certain offenses makes it critical that those charged explore all legal options. If you have been charged with one of these offenses, or a different weapons violation, the attorneys at Price Benowitz have the experience to build a strong and persuasive defense. Our lawyers can carefully evaluate the circumstances of your case and advise you on the best options moving forward, ensuring that you do everything in your power to obtain a positive result. For an evaluation of your case and to outline possible options for your defense, schedule a consultation with Virginia gun attorney Thomas Soldan. Please visit Seth Okin’s page for more information if you are facing a gun charge in the state of Maryland.
The Commonwealth of Virginia takes gun offenses very seriously because of the affect that that these types of weapons can have on the lives of innocent bystanders. While most people keep firearms legally, with the correct permits and well within the confines of the law, there are some people that either do not have the correct permits for their weapons, or who own firearms that are illegal in Virginia. There is, of course, a chance that you were not aware that the gun was illegal in the state, or that you simply didn’t understand the laws and how they applied to the guns you owned, but the Commonwealth will likely still prosecute you even if your violation was accidental. Don’t make a similar mistake by retaining the services of an attorney without a strong grasp on this area of the law. Our attorneys will work tirelessly to pursue a positive result in your case, and make sure that your interests are protected and looked out for throughout the trial.
Gun laws can be complex and difficult to understand because they vary greatly depending on the weapon in question, the circumstances surrounding the arrest, and the prior criminal record of the accused, among many other things. Even if you understand the violation you have been accused of committing, the specific charge you receive and the penalties that could be issued upon a conviction might still comes as somewhat of a surprise. If you have been formally charged, or if you think that a charge is on the way as police is investigating you, schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. They can help answer any questions you might have about your case and the trial that awaits. The best way to make sure that you are receiving the best possible representation is to have a good understanding of the charges you face. Our firearm attorneys can help provide that.
Thomas Soldan in His Own Words
Below is a link to a question-and-answer page excerpted from an interview with Thomas Soldan in which he discusses various gun charges.
- On Gun Charges