Gun Laws and Gun Charges
Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyer
Alabama as a state is known as a strong defender of the 2nd amendment. There are laws in place which guarantee law-abiding citizens plentiful rights when it comes to gun and weapon ownership. However, this does not mean that the state is not tough on those that violate gun laws. There are a number of restrictions that if ignored can lead to jail time, fines, and a felony record.
Generally, the types of offenses that categorize a gun charge deal with possession, concealment, and the right to actually own a gun. However, being in possession of a weapon is an enhancement for many felony charges. What does this mean? If someone is charged with assault, their charge can be enhanced if the prosecutor argues they had a weapon on them or used that weapon.
Attorney Travis Juneau has the necessary experience and drive to help you fight these charges. If you are located in Tuscaloosa, Northport, Demopolis, Greensboro, or anywhere in Alabama contact our team today. With the right defense, you can fight these charges and avoid the worst consequences.
First Time Felony Gun Charge in Alabama
If I have a felony can I carry a gun in Alabama?
AL Code 13A-11-72 prohibits certain people from owning firearms.A firearm is defined as a weapon from which a shot is discharged by gunpowder. Violating this section can mean a prison term of up to 5 years for a first offense. What does this section of Alabama law prohibit?
Federal law prohibits all indicted and convicted felons of owning any sort of firearm or gun. This prohibition applies to those with a misdemeanor domestic violence charge on their record too.
Alabama law is much narrower. In Alabama, you must be convicted of a violent crime in order to be prohibited from owning firearms. Violent crimes listed Section 12-25-32(15) include Murder, Assault, Kidnapping, Rape, and other serious charges. Drug crimes also exclude a person from owning a firearm.
It’s important to understand that while the state laws are more narrow a person can still face federal charges for illegal firearm possession. These charges also tend to carry much heavier consequences. A federal prosecution must prove that the gun in your possession originated outside of the state, that it has crossed state lines, or was somehow connected to interstate commerce. They must also prove that the weapon was indeed in your possession. An ex-convict can also not cross state lines with a firearm or ammunition.
Alabama Gun Crimes Criminal Defense Lawyer
Travis Juneau knows what it takes to successfully defend you. A criminal defense attorney is highly recommended if you want to avoid the worst consequences. Gun charges can leave costly, damaging, and lasting effects on a person’s future. Don’t let a gun charge ruin yours. Contact us today.