Skilled Gun and Weapon Crimes Attorney Provides Strong Defense in Marietta, Georgia
Protecting clients’ right to freedom and right to carry
As they’re often combined with other criminal offenses, gun and weapon charges may seem like the least of your problems. But in combination with homicide, aggravated assault, or other serious crimes, a weapon or gun charge can add a year to your sentence and restrict the possibility and terms of parole. Even if your gun or weapon charge is not connected to another crime, you still need skilled legal representation, which the Law Offices of Melvin S. Nash provides. We understand that a conviction on a weapons charge may restrict or prevent you from carrying a firearm or other form of self-defense, gaining employment or re-employment, or obtaining housing. These are serious charges with far-reaching repercussions and require thorough, vigorous criminal defense to represent your rights.
Restrictions on possessing firearms
Although the Georgia legislature has greatly expanded gun rights and licensing in recent years, there are still restrictions on your legal ability to carry weapons. You are not permitted to carry a lethal weapon if you —
- Are under 18 years old
- Have a felony conviction on record
No state permit is required to buy or own a handgun, shotgun or rifle.
Defense against many kinds of gun and weapons charges
Gun and weapons charges, whether misdemeanors or felonies, can carry fines and jail time and limit your ability to arm yourself in the future. First-time offenses are often charged as misdemeanors, but subsequent offenses are frequently considered felonies. A felony conviction on a gun or weapon crime could result in up to five years in prison and steep fines.
Weapon and gun crimes in Georgia include the following:
- Possessing a firearm without a license
- Unlawfully possessing a firearm
- Carrying a firearm without a license
- Concealed carry of a firearm without a permit
- Carrying weapons in unauthorized locations, such as government buildings
- Giving a minor a gun without permission of the minor’s legal guardian
- Pointing a firearm at another person
- Altering serial numbers on a gun or weapon
- Discharging a firearm within 50 yards of a public highway or street
- Discharging a firearm on another person’s property without his or her permission
- Possessing a firearm while committing another crime
- While hunting, using a firearm in a manner that endangers another person
- Discharging a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Possessing one of the following illegal weapons listed in Georgia Code 16-11-121:
- Explosive devices and mortars
- Machine guns
- Recoilless rifle
- Rocket launchers
- Sawed off shotguns and rifles
Consider the consequences of a weapon or gun conviction
Having a weapons conviction on your record can negatively affect future legal proceedings. If you face criminal charges in the future, the dark mark of a past gun conviction can add to the appearance of guilt and lengthen the sentence recommended if you are convicted.
As a former judge and prosecutor, attorney Melvin S. Nash is uniquely qualified to offer criminal defense. Our law firm understands the nuances of Georgia weapons laws, and we use our considerable knowledge and dedication to address every element of your gun and weapons crimes case. We work to secure a dismissal or significant reduction of your charges before going to court, when possible. If you are not satisfied with pre-trial options, our lawyers are deeply experienced in criminal court proceedings and do not hesitate to bring your case to trial.
Contact professional gun and weapon crimes defense attorneys serving Marietta and metro Atlanta
Alone or combined with other criminal charges, gun and weapon crimes charges should be taken very seriously. In the face of severe penalties, long-term repercussions, and loss of liberty, you need aggressive weapons offense representation. For tireless advocacy in your case, call the Law Offices of Melvin S. Nash at 770.422.0878 or contact our office online to schedule a free initial consultation. We have six locations throughout metro Atlanta to serve your needs.