Denver Gun and Weapons Lawyer for Charges
If you have been busted with an illegal weapon in Colorado or committed a crime using a weapon, you could be facing a large fine or prison time. Hiring an aggressive weapons charges lawyer like Steven J. Pisani can help you overcome some pretty serious weapon charges.
Whether you think you are innocent or falsely accused, or made some poor choice and regret your mistake, you need an experienced attorney on your side in court to help in such a serious criminal offense.
Colorado Laws on Weapons and Firearms
You can easily go to prison as a consequence of criminal charges, or pay fines that can reach hundreds of thousands, even a million dollars. Since a weapon charge usually accompanies another felony, the accused can face both the state and federal charges and the punishment can be severe.
If you find yourself under arrest as a result of a weapon-related charge in Colorado, a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney at Pisani Law is ready to hear your story. Call us now for a free consultation.
Weapon charges in the state are not limited to wielding guns alone; you could also be charged for possessing, defacing, or unlawfully carrying a dangerous weapon.
Here are the state’s definition of main weapons categories:
- Dangerous weapons
Dangerous weapons deemed illegal by the state include firearms with silencers, short guns, machine guns, short rifles, and ballistic knives. Ballistic knives’ blades are forcefully projected from the gun using a spring-loaded device or an explosive charge.
- Illegal weapons
Possession of an illegal weapon in the state is a misdemeanor. Illegal weapons include gas guns, blackjacks, metallic knuckles, and switchblade knives.
In a weapon-related charge, the intent is considered an important factor. For example, a seemingly harmless object can be considered a “dangerous weapon” if it was used to cause harm.
Colorado Gun Charges
In Colorado, permission to own a firearm comes with qualifications. And even citizens holding gun permits can face criminal charges if they use their firearms illegally. The state’s gun charges include:
- Prohibited use of a firearm
Firing a gun recklessly while under the influence of alcohol and drugs is deemed prohibited use of a firearm.
- Possession of a defaced firearm
Removing or defacing a firearm’s serial number is illegal, and so is possessing a firearm whose serial number has been defaced.
- Illegal purchase of a firearm
The Colorado law prohibits buying and possessing of firearms to certain persons, including convicted felons. If you purchase a firearm illegally or if you buy a gun for another person who is not legally permitted to own a gun, you could end up facing felony charges.
- Unlawfully carrying a hidden weapon
Although the state recognizes hidden handgun permits, in certain areas, firearms are not allowed, including in government buildings and schools.
- Previous offender
It is illegal for a convicted felon to possess, own, or carry a firearm. It is also illegal for a minor with a previous conviction to own, possess, or carry a gun.
- Illegal discharge of a gun
If a person recklessly or knowingly fires a gun into any occupied or dwelled structure, he or she could face felony charges.
In Colorado, gun charges can range from felonies to misdemeanors and their penalties can be severe, especially if the offender has a criminal record.
Firearms Prohibited in Colorado
Any firearm that has been classified as prohibited in Colorado include:
- Machine guns
- Armor-piercing ammunition
- Short guns
- Short rifles
- Large capacity magazines
People Prohibited from Owning Weapons
The state prohibits any person from knowingly owning, using, or carrying a firearm. Here is a list of persons prohibited from owning weapons:
- Persons under the age of 21
- Non-residents of Colorado
- People with an active protection order against them
- You have been charged with a felon offense
- You are a domestic abuser
- You have a history of mental illness
- If the purchase violates federal law
- If the purchase violates Colorado law
- If you have been arrested and charged with a crime
- If you have been indicted
Places Where Weapons Are Prohibited
Here are places in Colorado where weapons are prohibited:
- Government buildings
- Sports facilities
Penalties for Weapons Charges
A firearm charge in Colorado is a serious offense that attracts a prison term or a costly fine.
It can also limit your chances to own a gun in the future, getting hired, and even owning a house.
Here is a list of common firearm charges:
Class 6 felony is the possession of a gun by a previous offender and attracts a penalty of one year to 18 months and a fine of $100,000.
Class 5 felony is the possession of any dangerous weapon and is punishable by one to three years and a fine of up to $100,000.
Class 4 felony is the unlawful purchase of a firearm and attracts 2 to 6 years in prison or a fine of up to $500,000.
Contact the Law Office of Steven J. Pisani Today
If you are facing weapons charges in Colorado and in need of an attorney, do not let the stress overwhelm you. Law Office of Steven J. Pisani today at (303) 635-6768.