If you are facing a charge for weapons crimes in the State of Alabama, you are facing grave consequences including expensive fines and fees and lengthy prison time. A conviction for a weapons crime can have long-term ramifications even after you have served your sentence and paid your fines. You may have difficulty finding employment or renting a place to live due to your criminal record. Fortunately, you do not have to face zealous prosecutors alone. As a dedicated Alabama weapons crimes attorney, I can help protect your rights and your freedom for the duration of your encounter with the criminal justice system.
Gun & Weapons Charges in Alabama
Many weapons crimes convictions in Alabama are related to issues surrounding licensing. Although you can purchase a handgun in Alabama without a license or a permit, a license is necessary to carry a handgun that is concealed on your person or in your vehicle. These licenses do not allow the carrying of concealed handguns in courthouses, airports, or any criminal justice building. It is illegal to bear arms at or near public demonstrations, whether concealed or otherwise. Pleading ignorance will not clear you of a weapons charge; many peaceful citizens of Alabama have been convicted of weapons charges because they failed to have the proper licensing for their handgun. Sentences of up to a year and fines of $500 are not uncommon for license-related weapons convictions. Note that it is illegal to carry a sawed-off shotgun or a short-barrel rifle under any circumstances; this is a Class C felony that can result in sentences of up to ten years in prison. Additionally, individuals may be prevented from carrying handguns if they have been previously convicted of a violent crime or attempting to commit a violent crime.
Protecting Your Constitutional Rights
Sometimes law enforcement officers may violate the rights of Alabama citizens during an arrest. For example, if your person or your vehicle was illegally searched – that is, without probable cause – your 4th Amendment constitutional rights were violated. Your knowledgeable weapons crimes lawyer can have such charges dismissed entirely. You cannot be convicted if the initial circumstances of your arrest were illegal. Even if we cannot have your charge thrown out of court, we may be able to have your charges reduced at your arraignment.
Talk To Us First!
The two things you should do following an arrest for a weapons crime in Alabama are to remember to say nothing to law enforcement officials about your charges, and to contact an aggressive weapons crime lawyer to assist with your criminal defense. You will have the chance to explain your version of events during your consultation in an environment where you cannot incriminate yourself.