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Phoenix Weapon Charges Lawyer

If you have been arrested on suspicion of weapons charges, contact an experienced Phoenix weapon charges attorney who can walk you through the criminal charge and prepare a defense strategy for your case. You are well aware of the rash of potential punishments you face. Craig Orent has over 25 years of experience as a Phoenix weapon charges attorney, handling criminal defense claims and is well acquainted with the penalties for weapons charges in Arizona. He will work tirelessly to come up with a defense strategy which is unique to your case.

Weapons charges can have heightened penalties throughout the state of Arizona due to the punishment ranges which are easily manipulated by the circumstances of your unique case. If you have been arrested on suspicion of weapons charges in Phoenix or anywhere else in Arizona, do not attempt to argue your case yourself. Do not hesitate to contact the Orent Law Offices of Phoenix criminal defense lawyers, and begin to discuss your options for your case.

Phoenix Weapon Charges

Arizona, unfortunately, has a high number of weapon and gun-related crimes committed each year, and as a result, the state has heightened its regulations and laws regarding weapons charges. Legislators have passed stricter laws which require prosecutors to aggressively pursue convictions for weapons charges and have heightened penalties as well.

Weapons charges are classified according to the severity, beginning with a Class 1 Misdemeanor charge, including the following crimes:

  • Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit
  • Unlawfully carrying a deadly weapon where it is prohibited

Phoenix weapon charges attorney Craig Orent has seen these charges lead to arrests when someone accidentally carries a weapon into a public location where weapons are banned, such as a school or other public place. Additionally, if a misstep led to a failure to properly register your concealed weapon, you can potentially face criminal charges.

Class 6 Felonies include the following:

  • Selling or transferring a deadly weapon
  • Removing the serial numbers off a deadly weapon
  • Possession of a weapon without serial numbers

Class 6 felonies assume that you are involved in criminal underground activity if you do not want to go through the proper avenues to purchase or sell a weapon.

Class 4 felony punishments for weapons charges include the following offenses:

  • Possession of prohibited deadly weapons such as automatic machine guns
  • Possession of deadly weapon when you are prohibited from doing so (for example, if you have a prior felony conviction)
  • Possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a crime
  • Entering a nuclear facility with a deadly weapon

Class 3 Felonies include the most egregious weapons charges and heightened punishment ranges:

  • Discharging a weapon during gang activity
  • Involvement in terrorism
  • Aiding in the commission of a felony

It is important to keep in mind that “deadly weapon” does not just mean a gun, but can include a host of other weapons used to commit a crime.

Who is Prohibited From Buying Guns in Phoenix?

Arizona law prevents specific individuals from purchasing or possessing a firearm. The prohibited possessors include:

  • An individual found to be in danger to self or others. This could be someone disabled or gravely disabled under the order
  • A convicted felon in Arizona or any other state whose rights to possess a firearm hasn’t been restored
  • Those serving the time of imprisonment in any correctional facility
  • Individuals serving probation for a domestic violence crime, home arrest, work release, or another release while on probation.
  • Minors
  • An undocumented immigrant or someone who is studying in Arizona and maintains a foreign residence outside the USA

If a prohibited possessor is found with a firearm, he or she will face specific weapons crime penalties which could result in the original sentencing of jail or incarceration they previously were charged with. Additionally, a person in this situation will automatically be charged with a Class 4 felony, and the person found transferring or selling the weapon to a prohibited possessor will be charged with a Class 6 Felony.

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