Protecting Your Rights After A Weapons Violation
As a gun owner, you consider yourself to be responsible and within the limits of the law. However, Maryland has some of the strictest firearms laws in the nation. Even the most seemingly minor firearms offense can lead to significant consequences.
At the Law Office of Marla Zide, LLC, we provide gun owners with skilled guidance to defend their rights and avoid strict penalties. As firearms charges can be very fact specific, we are here to assist you no matter how complex and difficult the case may be.
Mandatory Minimums In Maryland
While some criminal charges have minimum sentences or penalties, the mandatory minimums for firearms charges can be particularly harsh in Maryland. All firearms charges in Maryland, no matter how inconsequential they might seem, are vigorously prosecuted by the state and oftentimes the state seeks significant incarceration and forfeiture of the firearm.
We represent gun owners facing a variety of charges, including:
- Possession of a handgun. Convictions can carry stiff penalties for those found in unlawful handgun possession or without the proper permits and registrations.
- Transporting handguns. Strict regulations dictate the transportation of firearms. Improper storage or unlawful transport of the gun can result in charges.
- Felon in possession. Convicted felons in Maryland are unable to lawfully possess a firearm. Penalties for convictions include mandatory jail time.
When penalties for even first-time offenders include the risk of significant jail time, contacting a lawyer to defend your rights and minimize potential consequences is vital.
The Importance Of Working With An Experienced Attorney
We understand that sometimes firearms charges are the result of inopportune circumstances. We will work to uncover the appropriate strategic defense for your case. In cases of constructive possession, where a gun is found in your presence but it was not yours, it is extremely important to have the assistance of a skilled lawyer who understands the law and the applicable defenses. In cases where a gun was discovered during an unlawful search of your property, we will challenge that and seek to get the charges against you dismissed.
Facing a firearms charge in Maryland can have significant consequences. We will protect your rights, investigate the case, review the charges against you and pursue alternatives to harsh penalties.
Discuss Your Case With A Lawyer
Schedule a free consultation with us to determine the best possible route forward for your case. Contact defense attorneys Joshua Tabor and Robert Siegel at our Glen Burnie office by calling 443-557-4153 or by sending us an email.