Gretna Gun Crime Lawyer
The right to bear arms is one of our civil rights, found in the Second Amendment of the Constitution. While most of us have the right to own a gun, firearms still need to be used and carried properly. If you discharge a firearm in public or use a gun to hurt someone, you could face criminal charges. If you are a convicted felon or have controlled substances in your possession, you cannot have a gun.
The gun laws in Louisiana are always changing and can be confusing. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced Gretna gun crime lawyer on your side if you are facing criminal charges. Contact Palazzo Law Firm today to get started on your case.
Gun Crimes in Louisiana
There are various ways in which you can be charged with a gun crime in Louisiana. Here are some common crimes in the state:
- Illegal use of weapons. Illegal use of weapons is a felony crime that refers to the intentional or criminally negligent discharge of any firearm. It could also involve the use of any deadly object, liquid, or substance. A person is typically charged with this crime when they are shooting guns outside in an area where someone could get hurt. The purpose of this law is to make it illegal to shoot a weapon in places where people could get hit by a bullet.
- Illegal carrying of weapons. Illegal carrying of weapons refers to intentionally concealing a firearm on one’s person, such as in their pants. It is not a crime if the weapon is not concealed. This is a misdemeanor charge.
- Illegal carrying of weapons with CDS. Possession of a firearm while in possession of controlled dangerous substance (CDS), or drugs, is a serious felony offense in Louisiana. This charge is usually added on when the officer discovers a weapon after conducting a drug arrest.
- Possession of firearm by convicted felon. In many cases, a convicted felon cannot possess a gun for 10 years after completing his sentence. If they do, they will be charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and go back to jail for up to 20 more years.
- Illegal possession of stolen firearms. It is illegal to possess a firearm that you know was stolen. Even if you are not the one who stole the gun, you could face this charge if you bought the gun from someone knowing that it was stolen. Pawn shops have a defense if they regularly sell firearms and they are licensed.
Contact Palazzo Law Firm Today
Guns are dangerous and if someone is not being careful, they can result in injuries and fatalities. That’s why gun crimes are punished harshly. Don’t leave your gun charge to chance. The team at Palazzo Law Firm can help you understand gun laws in the state and ensure your legal rights are protected. Schedule a consultation with an experienced Gretna gun crime lawyer today. Call 504-433-1442 or fill out the online form.