Southern Minnesota Criminal Lawyer
An individual has the right to bear arms. However, there are times when those rights are terminated because of a criminal record. There is also the fact that a person can be charged with a weapons charge if they use a firearm during the commission of a crime.
If you have been charged with a weapons offense or you need to have your gun rights reinstated, it is important to work with a skilled Mankato criminal defense lawyer who has the experience you need working for you.
Aggressively Fighting Weapons Charges
Weapons charges can be charged on their own or they can be charged in addition to another criminal offense, such as robbery when a weapon is used in the commission of the crime. If convicted of a weapons charge, the consequences can be very serious and the penalties can be paid concurrently with any other sentences or consecutively, depending on the judge’s discretion.
Both Minnesota and the federal government have regulations regarding the possession of firearms. For instance, the possession of some types is illegal or it may be illegal to carry a certain type of firearm in public or to carry one at all without the proper permit. There are also some public places that do not allow firearms on the property.
The federal gun laws state that a person who is convicted of a crime that has a prison term of at least one year cannot own, accept, ship, sell, or transfer firearms or ammunition. If the conviction is for domestic assault, the individual could be banned from owning a firearm at any point for the rest of their life. Being caught possessing a firearm when it is not permitted can result in time in jail and fines. Collateral consequences include loss of the right to vote, difficulty finding a job, difficulty finding a place to live, and much more.
Helping You Reinstate Your Gun Rights In Minnesota
It can be difficult to get gun rights reinstated in Minnesota, but an experienced St. James criminal defense lawyer who has knowledge of the laws surrounding gun rights can help you recover your right to own a firearm.
There are several different strategies that can be used to reinstate gun rights. They include expungement, the setting aside of a conviction, and the restitution of rights. While the reinstatement of gun rights is not always guaranteed, there are sometimes circumstances that are present that will allow it. Your attorney will be able to advise you as to whether or not it is possible and can then take the appropriate action if it is.
Contact Criminal Defense Attorney
If a firearm is used in the commission of a crime, a separate firearm charge can be brought. Individuals can also be charged with standalone firearm charges or a person can challenge the revocation of their rights. If you need to fight a charge or for your rights, call the Rosengren, Kohlmeyer & Hagen Law Office Chtd. at 507-625-5000 for an initial consultation.