At the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, we have successfully defended our clients from an array of weapons charges. Under Maryland law, many gun crimes, if convicted, are felonies and could carry heavy jail time. If you or a loved one has been accused of violating a gun or other weapon crime, you need to talk to a Baltimore weapon crime lawyer immediately. Their criminal defense lawyers will work to ensure the State must prove the case against you beyond a reasonable doubt and if the evidence does not exist, then fight for an acquittal.
Types of Weapon Crimes in Maryland
The term “weapon crimes” encompasses a wide variety of crimes that can be charged. Some of the most common weapon crimes are:
- Handgun crimes
- Regulated Firearm crimes
- Assault Weapon crimes
- Rifle and shotgun crimes
In Maryland, gun crimes are covered under Title 4 of the criminal code. Residents of Maryland are prohibited from transporting an assault pistol into the state, as well as, possessing, selling or buying assault pistols in Maryland. Under §4-102 it is illegal to possess a deadly weapon on the grounds of public school. Unless you qualify under an exception it is also illegal to carry a handgun, no matter if it is concealed or open carry.
If you are found violating any of these laws, your punishment can range from a misdemeanor to felony charges. If you have been charged with any of these firearm crimes, call a Baltimore weapons crime lawyer for a free consultation today.
Penalties Associated with Weapons Crimes
Weapons crimes in Maryland are normally regulated to following sentencing guidelines. This means that a minimum and maximum sentence may be proscribed under the Maryland Criminal Code. Under §4-306, if a person uses an assault weapon or a magazine that has a capacity of more than ten round of ammunition in the commission of a felon is guilty of a misdemeanor. The penalties are not to exceed three years and/or a fine not exceeding $5,000. For each subsequent violation, a person may be sentenced to imprisonment for not less than ten years and not exceeding twenty years.
In general, the more violations of the same crimes that a person has on their record, the increased penalty will be for each subsequent crime. So, if you or someone you know if facing weapon crime charges, it is important to consult a Baltimore criminal lawyer to discuss with you the possible options.
How Can You Fight a Weapon Crime Charge in Baltimore?
If you are charged with a weapons crime, there are several defenses that can be raised. Some of the most common include constructive possession and illegal search. Constructive possession means that the weapon was not actually under your possession or control. If, when the police found the gun, you were not in direct possession of the gun, this may be a viable defense.
For an illegal search defense, your main argument is that the police had no right to search you or your dwelling, making anything that was found illegally obtained. If the weapons were illegally found and obtained, then you have a defense that could result in the charges being dropped. Every weapons charge is different. If you have been charged with a weapons crime, contact a Baltimore weapons crime lawyer to talk about possible defenses today.
Our Baltimore Weapon Crimes Defense Lawyers Can Help
Why take a chance in court alone? Maryland gun crimes can carry harsh penalties and you should not gamble with your future. If you have been charged with any of the aforementioned weapons crimes, you could end up with a felony on your record. A Baltimore weapons crime lawyer can help you fight the charges. Call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice today for a free consultation.