One of the most prominent and well-known constitutional rights in America is the right to bear arms. However, this right is not without many significant restrictions. Maryland residents should know that if they are accused of violating any gun laws in Maryland, including gun possession laws, they may face some very significant consequences.
For instance, some gun laws are tied to other crimes, such as drug possession or distribution. If a Maryland resident is charged with using a firearm during the course of committing another criminal act, there may be mandatory minimum sentences involved. Many gun-related criminal charges are felonies.
A felony conviction of any kind can have severe consequences, but a gun crime can be somewhat worse. For example, some potential employers or landlords may be able to see past certain felony crimes if they aren't considered "violent." But, some will consider any type of crime involving a gun to be a violent crime and hold it against the convicted individual.
At our law firm, we understand that facing a gun-related felony charge in Maryland is not something to take lightly. However, "possession" can sometimes be a relative term, with many legal explanations that may lead to the conclusion that the suspect in question actually was not in possession of the firearm. For more information about how our law firm might be able to help you with whatever gun-related criminal charges you face, please visit our website. Defendants need to do their best to present a solid criminal defense to these charges.