Protecting Your Right To Bear Arms After A Weapons Charge
In Arkansas, laws are lenient for gun owners – for example, both concealed and unconcealed carry are legal. So when you lawfully own your firearm, you may be confused and frustrated when facing a weapons charge. At The Sanders Firm PLLC, our experienced criminal defense attorneys defend clients throughout Faulkner County against damaging weapons charges.
With previous experience in the prosecutor’s office, our attorneys have firsthand experience working on both sides of the criminal justice system. We deeply understand the local court system and know what arguments prosecutors use against you. This knowledge gives us the ability to think one step ahead of the prosecution in order to best protect your rights.
Helping You Understand Arkansas Firearm Laws
Obtaining a firearm in Arkansas is not overly difficult. You must be 18 years old and have a state ID, and you cannot have a felony conviction or a mental illness. Although obtaining a firearm is easy, if the police suspect you have a criminal intent to use it, you can face criminal charges.
We can help defend you against a variety of weapons charges, including:
- Illegal firearm modification
- Defacing a firearm (removing serial numbers or manufacturer’s markings)
- Possession of a defaced firearm
- Felon in possession of a weapon/firearm
If you are caught committing a crime with a weapon on your person, you may face more serious consequences. In some instances, the prosecution may upgrade your charges from a misdemeanor to a felony based solely on the presence of a weapon. If you find yourself in this situation, it is vital that you contact an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible.
The penalties for weapons charges in Arkansas range from six to 30 years in prison, depending on the severity of the crime and your criminal history. You may also have to pay a large fine, and you will likely lose your right to possess a firearm entirely.
Let Us Fight For You
Our experienced attorneys at The Sanders Firm PLLC, will take the time to review your case and develop a strong argument on your behalf. To schedule a free consultation at our Conway office, contact us online or call 501-400-7352.