Regulated firearms range from handguns to high powered assault rifles. With the high crime rate in and around Baltimore, these types of weapons are heavily regulated. If you are facing criminal charges associated with the use or possession of a regulated firearm, you need an experienced lawyer to help you avoid a potentially lengthy jail sentence.
At the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., our Baltimore criminal lawyer has tried thousands of cases through his own practice and in his prior history in working with the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office. Between our knowledge of the law and our experience in the criminal court system, we can help you strategize the best course of defense in your case.
Under Section 5-101 of the Maryland Public Safety Code, regulated firearms consist of everything from handguns and pistols to assault and semi-automatic shotguns and rifles. These include popular models, such as AK-47s and M-16s, which are now manufactured in the U.S., as well as the Heckler & Koch G36 and the Steyr AUG, which are shipped in from overseas.
In order to be able to purchase, sell, or transfer ownership of a regulated firearm, you must file and complete your application through the Maryland State Police. There is a seven-day waiting period before your application can be processed, and you will be required to pass fingerprinting and background checks. Those who are prohibited from possessing a regulated firearm in Maryland include:
With the number of regulated firearms on the streets and the amount of firearm crimes increasing throughout Baltimore, law enforcement and the legal system are aggressive in arresting suspects, pressing charges, and assigning strict penalties upon conviction. If you are facing these types of charges, you need a lawyer who will fight for your rights, while providing you with a strong legal defense. At the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., we represent clients charged with regulated firearm crimes, including:
The best defense starts early in your case. If you are arrested and charged with any of the above regulated firearm crimes, it is vitally important to contact our Baltimore criminal lawyer as soon as possible to help avoid potentially severe penalties.
Under the Public Safety laws and Section 4-301 to 306 of the Maryland Code, regulated firearm crimes carry serious penalties, involving heavy fines and mandatory minimum sentencing. In addition, your charges will remain in a permanent criminal record, potentially preventing you from obtaining student loans or employment, and even impacting your ability to qualify for a home mortgage or apartment lease. Penalties associated with regulated firearm crimes include:
It is important to note the above penalties are in addition to any other criminal charges you face. This sentence is served consecutively, not concurrently, with other jail time you receive, and the law prohibits judges from reducing the mandatory minimum.
If you are charged with misdemeanor possession of a regulated firearm, your case will be heard in the District Court of Maryland, depending on the area in which you reside. If you are charged with a felony regulated firearm crime, your case will be heard in the Circuit Court. Depending on the circumstances involved, you could also be facing federal firearms charges through the U.S. Department of Justice as well.
Due to the serious nature of these crimes, it is imperative to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible if a warrant has been issued or immediately upon your arrest. Vital services we provide include:
When you are facing criminal charges that could result in a potentially lengthy jail sentence, you need a lawyer you can trust to aggressively defend your rights and interests. We serve Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Harford, Howard, and Worcester Counties; get the help you need and call or contact the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr. online today.