If you have been charged with a weapons crime, our Lexington weapons charges lawyers at Suhre & Associates, LLC, are here to help you fight against these charges and bring peace back to you and your family. Call us for a free consultation at (859) 569-4014.
Facing charges of any crime is a nerve-wracking experience.
Fear, uncertainty, frustration—all these negative emotions can be destructive to both you and your family. We understand that life does not always go according to plan and that mistakes happen.
You do not have to deal with any of this on your own. In fact, trying to fight criminal charges without a qualified and experienced attorney is a very bad idea. The criminal justice system in Kentucky can be quite complex. Give our Lexington law office a call and let us help you get through this difficult time. Your initial consultation is free.
What Can Suhre & Associates, LLC Do For You If You are Facing a Weapons Charge in Lexington, KY?
If you have been charged with a weapons crime, hiring our Lexington criminal defense attorneys can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
Having us in your corner can ease the burden you are feeling after being charged.
Among other things, our attorneys at Suhre & Associates offer the following to our clients:
- Case Interview: We sit down with you to discuss your case and learn as much about it as we can. We will ask about specific details that can help us understand exactly what happened, so we can build a strong legal defense.
- Investigation: We review police documents and talk to them about your arrest and the process used. We also talk to witnesses who may have relevant information that could be critical to your case. Every document available to us will be thoroughly examined for any possible evidence that could help in your case, including the prosecution’s case before it goes to a jury.
- Expert Witnesses: If needed, we will bring on independent experts to testify on your behalf regarding some of the more technical aspects of your case.
- Communication: We take pride in our communication with clients. This is a stressful time for you, and you will likely have many questions as we proceed. We make ourselves available to you and we ensure you understand what is happening with your case, as well as what you can expect regarding the outcome.
- Negotiation and Plea Bargaining: We handle all discussions and interactions with the prosecution regarding potential plea deals. We will do everything in our power to get you the most optimal deal, including getting the charges dropped or reduced.
- Representation: If a plea deal is not an option, we represent you at trial. We examine and cross-examine all the witnesses, and make a powerful case to the jury that the prosecution has not proven your guilt.
After a verdict has been rendered, we still fight for you regarding the sentencing the court will hand down. We argue for lessened jail time or alternatives to incarceration. We’re here to fight for you. Give us a call to get started today.
Weapons Crimes Charges
Kentucky is home to some of the nation’s most permissive gun laws. Forty-eight percent of residents admit to possessing a firearm in their homes. As of 2019, a license is no longer required to carry a concealed weapon.
Despite the fact that you have the right to bear arms and that the state has relaxed gun laws, it is still possible to find yourself facing a weapons charge. Whether you are innocent, made a poor decision, or unknowingly committed a weapons crime, our law firm can help.
There are several predicaments that could lead to being charged with a weapons crime. Often, it’s simply an unfair lack of knowledge regarding Kentucky weapons laws. Examples of weapons crimes include:
Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
One of Kentucky’s few provisions regarding firearms is that felons are not permitted to own one. The only cases in which this is legal is when crimes have been pardoned by the President of the United States or the Governor.
Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is illegal in the state of Kentucky and a class d felony. If the weapon in possession is a handgun, it becomes a Class C felony.
Note, however, that felons can possess pellet guns, crossbows, and small one-sided bladed weapons in their homes.
Distribution to a Felon
In addition to the law prohibiting felons from possessing a firearm, knowingly providing them with one is a crime.
Knowingly distributing a firearm to a subject that is not permitted to own a firearm is a Class A misdemeanor.
Other Weapons in Possession of a Felon
This is a less severe charge than possession of a firearm, but some felons still find themselves facing charges for a minor weapon, including stun guns, knives, and even double-ended sharp objects.
A felon in possession of butterfly knives, tasers, stun guns, and various other small weapons is a misdemeanor.
Distribution to a Minor
Knowingly providing a minor with a firearm is illegal. The exception is your dependents. Children under eighteen are not permitted to possess handguns in Kentucky but can have rifles and other long guns.
When a minor is in possession of a handgun, it is a Class A misdemeanor for the first criminal offense and a Class D felony for recurring offenses. Providing a handgun to a minor is a Class D felony.
Weapon Possession in Government Buildings
Bringing any weapon into a government building, including the courthouse, judicial building, police station, and detention centers is a crime.
Firearm in Schools
Bringing a firearm on school property is illegal in Kentucky. An exception applies for police officers.
This felony weapons charge comes with facing a hefty $10,000 fine and up to five years in person. Police are exempt from this law
Defacing a Firearm
Removing the serial number from a weapon is illegal. Purchasing or possessing a firearm with no serial number visible is also illegal.
Whether you defaced the said weapon is irrelevant. Owning a defaced weapon is a Class A misdemeanor.
Possession of a Destructive Weapon or Booby Trap Device
Having possession of a destructive device (missiles, bombs, grenades, mines, etc.), with the intent to use for harm, is illegal. This includes having the components in your possession to craft the destructive device. Lacking a legally justifiable reason can also result in a criminal charge.
Possession or Distribution to a Mentally Ill Individual
Knowingly providing a weapon to a person that you are aware is mentally unstable, or that has made threats to harm another is illegal.
Armor Piercing Ammunition
Manufacturing, selling, or delivering armor-piercing ammunition is a crime. This ammunition is entirely composed of materials that penetrate bulletproof vests, including tungsten alloys, iron, steel, or copper.
Involvement including the sale, manufacturing, or delivery of armor piercing ammunition is a class d felony for the first offense. Subsequent offenses are then a Class C felony charge.
Facing weapons crimes charges without an experienced law firm like Suhre & Associates, LLC, on your side, could have a devastating outcome. Sentencing could result in hefty fines, jail time, and a criminal record. Aggravating factors, such as the use of a weapon to commit an assault or act of domestic violence, can lead to harsher penalties. And, criminal records involving weapons crimes could ruin future job opportunities, education, and other endeavors.
We want to keep these accusations from destroying your criminal record and reputation. With the right criminal defense attorneys in your corner, you can fight these firearm offense charges.
Defending Weapons Charges in Lexington, KY
Never forget that you are innocent until proven guilty. No matter your situation, our gun lawyers stand ready to step in and help you deal with what you are facing.
Potential defenses to weapons charges include:
- You were not in possession of a weapon in violation of any state or federal law
- You did not know you had possession of the weapon
- You openly carried your weapon in full compliance with the law
- The weapon is not one that’s classified as a deadly weapon
- You did not have a concealed deadly weapon
- Your right to possess a weapon has been restored
Give our law office a call to arrange a free consultation today. We are here to help you fight to defend yourself and protect your future.
Contact a Lexington Weapons Charges Lawyer at Suhre & Associates, LLC Today
If you have been accused of committing a weapons crime in Lexington, KY, give us a call. Our team of dedicated criminal defense lawyers at Suhre & Associates are specially trained to handle Lexington weapons charges cases. We will do everything in our power to get the charges dropped.
If we cannot get them dropped, we will certainly do everything we can to get them lowered to a lesser charge. We are here to help you get out of this frustrating and frightening situation. Call our Lexington weapon charges lawyers today to get the help you deserve.