Denver Weapons Crime Lawyer
Aggressively Protecting Your Rights and Future
After witnessing some of the nation’s most infamous shooting tragedies
in the last 15 years, our state has adopted a no-tolerance attitude towards
weapons and firearms crimes. Colorado law recognizes its citizens’
right to bear arms. Still, there are quite stringent rules in place to
regulate who can use weapons, as well as when, where, and how they may
be used. If you use a gun or other weapon in a way that violates Colorado
or federal laws, you may be charged with a weapon crime.
Depending on the nature of your crime, you may face lengthy incarceration
and heavy fines. A weapons conviction can have a significant impact on
your right to own firearms in the future and on your eligibility for many
jobs, including law enforcement or military service.
This type of conviction will remain on your
permanent record for the rest of your life, limiting your ability to secure housing and
apply for loans. The world does not look kindly on those convicted of
weapons violations, and the stain your conviction will leave on your permanent
record can keep you from leading a normal life.
If you are facing a weapons crimes charge, consult with a Denver weapons
crime attorney with experience in defending firearm and other weapons
crimes. Only a lawyer knowledgeable in this area of the law can evaluate
your situation and determine the best defense strategy for your unique
case. With the help of a Denver weapons crimes attorney, you increase
your chances of seeking a favorable outcome.
Schedule a free consultation with the Law Office of Kevin Cahill by calling
(720) 548-2990 or
submitting an online contact form.
Examples of Weapons Crimes in Colorado
Our state has many laws that restrict the way you may legally use firearms
and other weapons. Being found guilty of violating any of these laws may
result in a weapons crime conviction.
Below, we’ve listed some of the most common violation examples:
Prohibited use of weapons (CRS 18-12-106). While Colorado law permits the carrying of concealed firearms in certain
areas with a proper permit, you may face criminal charges if you use a
firearm in a way that is legally prohibited. Prohibited behaviors include
possessing a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, leaving a firearm
unattended, and recklessly firing a firearm.
Possession of a dangerous or illegal weapon (CRS 18-12-102). In our state, there are certain dangerous weapons that are typically always
illegal to possess except in very special cases. These include ballistic
knives, short rifles, short shotguns, switchblade knives, or metallic knuckles.
Defacing or possession of a defaced firearm (CRS 18-12-104and 18-12-103). You may be charged with defacing or possession of a defaced firearm if
you are found removing, altering, or destroying the manufacturer’s
serial number on a firearm, or if you are found in possession of a weapon
that has been altered in this manner.
Unlawful purchase of firearms (CRS 18-12-111). You may face
felony charges if you are found knowingly purchasing a firearm for a person you
know is not eligible to lawfully possess a firearm. You may also face
this type of charge if you are a licensed firearms dealer who does not
display a sign stating the provisions of unlawful purchase in your store.
Possession of weapons in a gun-free zone (CRS 18-12-105.5). You may not knowingly possess a deadly weapon in a recognized gun-free
zone. Colorado’s gun-free zones include public schools, government
buildings, and secured buildings.
Possession of weapons by a previous offender (CRS 18-12-108). After being convicted of a felony, you lose your right to bear arms. If
you are found in possession of a firearm or other weapon after being convicted
of a felony, you may be charged with possession of weapons by a previous offender.
Juvenile possession of a firearm (CRS 18-12-108.5). In Colorado, the minimum age to possess a firearm is 18, and the minimum
age to obtain a conceal carry permit is 21. It is illegal to possess a
handgun as a juvenile in our state with certain exceptions, such as during
legal hunting courses or while on private property with the adult owner’s
permission. Violating this provision constitutes a
Penalties for Weapons Crimes in Colorado
Whatever type of weapons crime you have been charged with, you are facing
severe penalties on both a state and federal level. Many weapons crimes
are punishable by incarceration, fines, and firearms license revocation.
The severity of punishment is enhanced for repeat offenses.
Below are some of the potential penalties for weapons crimes convictions:
Prohibited use of weapons (class 2 misdemeanor):
- Between 3 months and 364 days in jail
- Between $250 and $1,000 in fines
Defacing a firearm (class 1 misdemeanor):
- Between 6 months and 18 months in jail
- Between $500 and $5,000 in fines
Unlawful possession of a firearm (class 6 felony):
Between 1 year and 18 months in prison
Between $1,000 and $100,000 in fines
Possessing a dangerous or illegal weapon (class 4 felony):
- Between 2 and 6 years in prison
- Between $2,000 and $500,000 in fines
If you want to seek to avoid the harsh penalties and lifelong consequences
of a Colorado weapons crime conviction, you’ll need legal help from
an aggressive Denver weapons defense lawyer.
Attorney Kevin Cahill is intimately familiar with both local and federal gun laws, having handled
countless criminal weapons cases over the years. Kevin Cahill will invest
all of his time, energy, and extensive resources into your weapons crimes
case, working tirelessly to defend your rights and freedom. You can trust
Kevin Cahill to put together a strong defense on your behalf. He can work
toward the best possible outcome for your case.
Unparalleled Representation for Weapons Charges
When it comes to your freedom, future, and finances, you can’t afford
to take risks. Having an aggressive and experienced Denver weapons crime
lawyer on your side can make the difference between going to prison and
walking free. Don’t chance the lifelong consequences that a weapons
crime conviction may carry—contact a top Colorado weapons defense
Kevin Cahill and his legal team are willing, ready, and able to defend
you against whatever type of weapons crime you are facing. Kevin Cahill
strongly believes in everyone’s right to a fair trial and exceptional
representation, and he will defend your case with fearlessness and determination.
When you’re ready to take a big step toward defending your rights
and freedoms, contact Kevin Cahill by calling
(720) 548-2990 or filling out our
convenient online formto schedule a free consultation.