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Maryland Gun Lawyer
If you’re charged with a gun crime in Maryland, you could be found guilty of a misdemeanor or felony depending on the specifics of your case. Factors such as whether the gun was carried with a permit and whether it was used in another crime will help determine the severity of the charges. Whatever the classification for your alleged crime, however, a conviction can result in jail or prison time as well as fines, probation, driving restrictions, house arrest, community service and more, such as provisions that can restrict you from owning a gun in the future for any reason.
An experienced Maryland gun lawyer like Mr. Edward Tayter will examine every specific detail of your case and utilize every available legal resource in order to build a strong case in your defense. Mr. Tayter is experienced in representing individuals faced with a variety of criminal offenses, and he draws on such experience to achieve the best possible results for his clients. Although this defense won’t necessarily allow you to escape conviction depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, it will maximize your chances of experiencing a favorable outcome in court and receiving the most lenient sentencing and penalties possible.
Misdemeanor Handgun Possession Crimes in Maryland
In Maryland, it is illegal to wear, carry, or transport a handgun, either out in the open or under concealment, without the proper permits and licensing. The only exceptions to this law are for law enforcement officers, on-duty members of the armed forces, correctional officers, individuals with proper permits, or individuals who can prove that they are transporting the handgun to or from a gun repair shop or place of sale. These laws are covered by Maryland state code Section 4-203.
Individuals found in violation of these laws are subject to penalties described under state code Section 4-203(c), which imposes a misdemeanor conviction. The penalties associated with this misdemeanor include imprisonment ranging from 30 days to three years as well as a fine ranging from $250 to $2,500. If this crime is committed on public school property, the penalty increases to a minimum incarceration sentence of 90 days. Repeat offenders of this law are subject to a prison sentence ranging from one to 10 years according to state code Section 4-203(c)(3), or three to 10 years for violations committed on school property. The penalties increase in severity with additional convictions, the minimum prison sentence increasing for each subsequent conviction.
There are many legal gray areas related to misdemeanor handgun crimes in Maryland, such as when you are carrying a handgun on or around your property. In instances such as these, and with all other handgun crime charges, a qualified Maryland gun lawyer will consider all details of your case in order to build a winning defense, protecting your legal rights and reducing your chance of severe penalties.
Crimes Carried Out with the Use of a Handgun in Maryland
Gun crime penalties are more severe when a handgun is found to be used in the commission of a separate crime aside from the wearing, carrying or transportation of the handgun itself, as per state code Section 4-204. Section (a) of this code clarifies, stating that the crime is still punishable regardless of whether the handgun is operable when the separate crime is committed.
Section (b) of code Section 4-204 defines the penalty for this crime, which includes a misdemeanor conviction along with imprisonment lasting between five and 20 years in addition to any sentence for the separate crime. State code Section 4-204(b)(2) states that these sentences will run consecutively, not concurrently. In the majority of cases, the convicted is not eligible for parole for a minimum of five years. A Maryland gun defense attorney can help you to fight these charges, including those related to the separate crime and those related to the gun used in carrying it out.
Assault Pistol Crimes in Maryland
Crimes involving assault pistols are handled separately from crimes involving other handguns and antique firearms, as per Title 4, Subtitle 3 of the Maryland criminal law code. State code Section 4-301 defines an assault pistol as a semiautomatic pistol such as the following:
- AA Arms AP-9
- D Max Industries semiautomatic pistol
- Claridge HI-TEC
- Encom MK-IV, MP-45 or MP-9
- Heckler and Koch SP-89
- Spectre double action
- Intratec TE-9 or DC-9
The penalties associated with transporting, selling, transferring, purchasing or receiving an assault pistol are defined by state code Section 4-306 and include a misdemeanor conviction as well as a jail sentence of up to three years along with a fine of up to $5,000. Using an assault pistol to carry out a violent or felony crime results in a prison sentence between five and 20 years, and more for repeat offenders.
Gun charges don’t necessarily need to become gun convictions. We will assist you in fighting the charges and improve your chances of receiving a favorable decision in court.
Aggressive Gun Lawyer in Maryland
Even if you avoid conviction, just having a gun charge brought against you can have many unexpected effects on your life. Whether it is going to jail, having to pay a hefty fine, or just the negative impact such a charge can have on your image in the community, the range of possible consequences is serious. You deserve to have your defense handled professionally and aggressively. Don’t settle for an attorney who approaches your case with the strategy he or she uses for every client; find someone who handles each case with the same passion and fervor as they did their first. The Maryland gun lawyers with Edward Tayter’s law office will fight tirelessly to help obtain the best possible result in your case.
How Can A Maryland Gun Attorney Help Me?
Our talented team of attorneys all have experience representing clients in a variety of criminal defense matters, and can help defend you from gun charges including, but not limited to:
- Felon in possession of a firearm
- Carrying a concealed firearm
- Possession of an altered firearm
- Unlawful discharge
- Unregistered weapon
- Unlawful carrying of a weapon
- Carrying a weapon with intent to commit a crime
What Should I Look For In A Maryland Gun Lawyer?
While many attorneys will offer a value price to represent you against gun charges, your defense against serious criminal charges is not the time to shop for a bargain. Look for an attorney that will bring a unique approach to each case they handle. Our Maryland gun lawyers are detail-oriented and client focused, making sure that every person they represent will get a quality defense against the charges they face.
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The state of Maryland does not take gun charges lightly. Even a first offense for carrying an unauthorized weapon can be accompanied by a minimum sentence of 30 days in prison. The penalties for possession or discharge only increase when combined with other criminal activity or prior convictions. If you or a loved one is facing a gun charge in the state of Maryland, it is imperative that you find a well-qualified attorney who can help.
Contact An Experienced Gun Lawyer Today
When you are facing a gun charge, the potential consequences are extremely serious. Contact us today so we can begin crafting an effective defense. Call (301) 684-8088 for a free consultation on the services we can provide.
We also have a Virginia gun attorney for issues relating to the Commonwealth.