Firearms and Weapons Violations
Massachusetts has some of the toughest firearm and weapon laws in the United States. A person charged with a Massachusetts gun law violation can expect to be subjected to an aggressive prosecution by government lawyers specifically trained to try firearms violations. A person convicted of a violation of Massachusetts gun laws can expect stiff punishment including a minimum mandatory sentence of 18 months for unlawful possession of a firearm or gun outside the home. If you receive federal or state benefits as a result of your service in the military or other occupation, a conviction for violating the gun laws could terminate your pension benefits. If you are not a citizen of the United States, you could be deported. You also may be disqualified for many jobs and professions. In short, the consequences for weapons related convictions are life changing, and you need an experienced zealous attorney to preserve your rights and your life. If you have been charged with a gun or weapon violation in Boston or anywhere else in Massachusetts, it is crucial to retain a knowledgeable and experienced firearms and weapons violation attorney right away to represent you at every stage of your case.
Only an experienced criminal defense lawyer who knows the ins and outs of the Massachusetts laws about guns, and also knows all the Constitutional protections the police have to abide by, can represent your interests effectively. For example, there are a number of exemptions that apply to most gun charges. Only an experienced firearms and weapons violation attorney will know the exemptions and how to argue them before the court. Also, the United States Constitution and the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights guarantee citizens certain protections from the police regarding interrogations, searches and seizures, and detention and arrest. At KJC Law Firm, we have a Constitutional Law Professor, Timothy Wilton, who is an expert in analyzing these Constitutional rights. Professor Wilton has been a lawyer for over 40 years, and he has been a tenured law professor at Suffolk University Law School for 30 years.
As an example of why experience makes a difference, KJC Attorney John Martin represented a man who was found with a handgun in his motor home. He was not from Massachusetts, and he did have a license to have a gun in his home state. In Massachusetts, however, that often makes very little or no difference whatsoever: he had no license to carry a gun in Massachusetts, and the gun was discovered while the motor home was being searched in connection with an investigation for domestic violence. The defendant was a veteran, former police officer, and former corrections officer. The only offer from the Commonwealth for a plea was eighteen months in jail. The defendant would have lost his federal pension and state pension benefits. He hired two very well-known attorneys from a large city in Massachusetts, and both of those attorneys advised him to plead guilty to avoid stiffer penalties. Luckily, he did not give up and neither did John. Through vigorous investigation, John was able to determine that the client may have qualified for a little known exemption. John was able to obtain a landmark ruling in which the trial court allowed argument to the jury that certain aspects of his life made him exempt from the gun laws. At the conclusion of the trial, the jury deliberated for less than thirty minutes before finding him not guilty. Similarly, Attorney Ben Duggan has tried numerous gun cases in state and federal court. Most recently, Ben was able to secure an acquittal at trial for his client who was facing a 15-year minimum-mandatory state prison sentence on a gun charge.Gun Crimes in Massachusetts
The following laws create a complicated web in which even the most responsible, lawful gun owner can be trapped. However, an experienced KJC Law Firm Worcester or Boston criminal defense attorney can help defend your right to bear arms. Whether you are caught in a technical and innocent violation of the law, or have been charged as a result of a bad decision you made that you now regret, we can help you with the following charges:
- Unlawful Carrying of a Firearm;
- Non-Residents Carrying a Firearm;
- Possession of a Firearm;
- Defacing Firearm Serial Number;
- Receiving a Firearm with a Defaced Serial Number;
- Possession of Firearm with Defaced Serial Number during Felony;
- Carrying Certain Dangerous Weapons;
- Carrying a Dangerous Weapon When Arrested;
- Ammunition Sale to Aliens;
- Assault Weapon, Possession;
- Selling or furnishing air rifle to minor;
- Minors in possession of air rifle or BB gun;
- Body Armor, Use in a crime;
- Carrying Rifles or Shotguns on a Public Way;
- Possession of Electrical Weapons;
- Firearm, Illegal Multiple Sales;
- Sale of Firearm;
- Illegal transportation of a Firearm;
- Carrying expired License to Carry (LTC);
- Transportation of Large Capacity Rifle or Shotgun;
- Illegal Transfer of Large Capacity Feeding Device;
- Possession of Large Capacity Feeding Device;
- Purchase of Large Capacity Feeding Device;
- Possession of a Firearm within a School Zone;
- Illegal Storage of a Firearm;
If you have been arrested and charged with a Massachusetts firearm or weapon violation, you have a very important decision to make about hiring the right lawyer. Failure to do so can lead to disastrous consequences including loss of your freedom, heavy fines or loss of gun rights. It is of the utmost importance to hire an attorney with broad knowledge and experience in this area.
The criminal defense lawyers at KJC Law Firm in Worcester and Boston have more than 60 years of experience litigating major cases. KJC Law Firm represents people accused of crimes from communities all across Massachusetts, including the Greater Boston area, Cambridge, MetroWest, Cape Cod, Fall River, Lowell, Worcester and Springfield. Call us today for a free consultation.