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Gun possession charges must be taken seriously

It may seem as if a person's right to possess a firearm is absolute, but this is not true. There are many crimes a person could be charged with that involve the unlawful possession of a gun. Some of these charges include carrying a firearm or transporting a fire arm in your vehicle without the necessary permits. Other crimes are more serious, especial certain felonies.

Maryland laws on firearms possession are stringent and if they are violated, a mandatory minimum sentence will be imposed. For example, if a person who has been convicted of a felony crime or uses a gun when committing a felony, he or she could face at least five years of incarceration and will not be eligible for parole in addition to a total of 20 years for each firearm, as well as any sentences for any accompanying or underlying crime committed. Moreover, these jail terms must be served consecutively.

With these harsh penalties in mind, it is important to take any charges of weapons crimes seriously. At our firm, we have defended both adults and juveniles who are facing criminal charges involving the possession of a firearm. Our goal is to have the charges against our clients dismissed. If this is not possible, we will seek a reduced sentence on behalf of our clients when appropriate.

Any crime becomes more serious when a firearm is involved. Sometimes an aggressive defense is needed to protect the rights and interests of the accused. The gun possession section of our website may be of interest to those facing criminal charges involving a firearm.

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