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Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon in Washington D.C. and Maryland
At Lotze Mosley, LLP, our criminal defense attorneys in Washington D.C. and Maryland know the penalties for gun crimes in both places are incredibly harsh and can land our residents in jail for an extended period.
That is because the ability for both Maryland and Washington D.C. residents to possess a firearm relies on them never being convicted of a felony.
Any felony criminal conviction prohibits the person from ever owning or possessing a firearm.
Here is what residents in Our Nation’s Capital and the Old Line State need to know about the penalties associated with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and how we can help prepare a customized defense strategy for their unique charges.
What are the Penalties Associated with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon in Washington D.C.?
In Washington D.C., a convicted felon may not possess guns or ammunition of any kind.
The penalties for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon conviction include a mandatory sentence of one year in prison, which could be extended up to ten years, and include fines up to $10,000, or both.
The mandatory minimum sentence of one year may increase depending on any prior felonies the accused has on his or her criminal record.
What are the Penalties Associated with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon in Maryland?
In Maryland, the penalties for unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon are much harsher than its D.C. counterpart.
The minimum sentence is five years imprisonment, which cannot be suspended in any way. If convicted, the individual will not be eligible for parole and must serve each day of the five-year sentence.
If there are other aggravating factors associated with the gun’s possession, the individual may face 15 years in prison for unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in Maryland.
Our Washington, D.C. criminal lawyers have helped people who were suspected or accused of committing:
- Drug Crimes
- Gun Crimes
- Sex Crimes
- Violent Crimes
- Traffic Offenses, such as driving under the influence
What Are My Legal Defense Options for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon?
At Lotze Mosley, LLP, our criminal defense lawyers in Maryland and Washington D.C. provide customized legal defense strategies for each of our client’s unique needs.
In cases where our clients have been charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, which could include constructive possession, where we will aggressively argue that the weapon was not directly under your control. This is especially true if the firearm was not in your direct possession but found nearby during an arrest.
We may also present an illegal search and seizure defense stating law enforcement officials violated your Fourth Amendment rights if they found a firearm during an unlawful search.
Each case is unique, and our dedicated Washington D.C. gun crimes attorneys will examine your charges, criminal history, and other mitigating factors to determine the best defense for your individual circumstances.
Contact Our Criminal Defense Attorneys at Lotze Mosley Today
When our clients know their complete legal rights and options, they better understand the range of defense strategies that are available for their unique cases.
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