If you have been busted with an illegal weapon in Colorado or accused of committing a crime using a weapon, you could be facing a hefty fine or lengthy prison time. The good news is that hiring a reputable criminal defense lawyer 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, our weapons charges lawyer Steven J. Pisani is ready to handle your case. He is dedicated to providing compassionate, aggressive representation to ensure that you obtain a favorable judgment. Call him today to schedule a free consultation.
Being convicted of weapon charges may lead to imprisonment or fines as high as hundreds of thousands or 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 due to a weapon-related charge in Colorado, our criminal defense attorney at Pisani Law is ready to handle your case. Call us now for a free case evaluation.
Weapon charges in Colorado are not limited to wielding guns alone. You could also be charged for wielding a switchblade or other dangerous weapons.
State laws in Colorado recognize the following categories of weapons:
Dangerous weapons that are considered 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 include gas guns, blackjacks, metallic knuckles, and switchblade knives. Possession of an illegal weapon in the state is a misdemeanor offense. In a weapons-related charge, 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.
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. Common gun charges in Colorado include:
Firing a gun recklessly while under the influence of alcohol and drugs is deemed prohibited use of a firearm.
Removing or defacing a firearm’s serial number is illegal, and so is possessing a firearm whose serial number has been defaced.
The Colorado law prohibits buying and possessing of firearms to certain persons, including convicted felons. If you purchase a firearm illegally or buy a gun for another person who is not legally permitted to own a gun, you could face felony charges.
Although the state recognizes hidden handgun permits, firearms are not allowed in certain areas, including government buildings and schools.
If a person recklessly or knowingly fires a gun into any occupied or dwelled structure, he or she could face felony charges.
In Colorado, weapons charges can range from misdemeanors to felonies and often attract lengthy prison sentences and enormous fines. A person convicted of a weapon charge may also find it hard to get a job or an apartment for rent and even lose a right to own a gun in the future. However, it’s important to note that prison sentences and fines typically increase for crimes of violence, repeat offenders, and when aggravating factors are present.
Firearms that have been classified as prohibited in Colorado include:
The state prohibits any person from knowingly owning, using, or carrying a firearm. Here is a list of persons prohibited from owning weapons:
Here are places in Colorado where weapons are prohibited:
If you are facing weapons charges in Denver or anywhere else in Colorado, our competent attorney is ready to handle your case. Steven J. Pisani has over ten years of experience, which he has always devoted to defending Colorado clients charged with crimes. Talk to him today. He is ready to put his experience to work for you.