Davis & Cannon, LLP aggressively defends criminal clients throughout the State of Wyoming. We have extensive criminal litigation experience at both the misdemeanor and felony level including DUIs, drug offenses, white collar crime, sexual assault, and homicide.
Committing a crime while in possession of a weapon or firearm is a felony offense with severe penalties in Wyoming. It is also illegal to be in possession of a firearm if you’ve been convicted of certain felony offenses. If you have been charged with any type of weapons or firearms offense, it is essential to contact an experienced Wyoming gun crimes defense lawyer immediately.
Previous Felony Convictions
In Wyoming, as in the rest of the country, federal law prohibits felons and some individuals convicted of domestic abuse from purchasing or possessing a firearm. If you have previously been convicted of anyfelony in any state, and you knowingly possess or use a firearm, this felony offense is punishable by up to three years in jail and up to $5,000 in fines.
Using a Firearm While Committing a Felony
If you use a firearm or deadly weapon during the commission of a felony offense, your felony charges will be elevated. In addition to penalties for the underlying felony, you will face up to 10 years imprisonment for a first conviction of using a firearm while committing a felony. For second and subsequent convictions, you will receive an added sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
What to Do if You are Facing a Weapon Charge
If you have been charged with any type of weapons offense, step one is to find a defense attorney with extensive experience in this particular area of the law. The key to winning your case is solid legal representation.
Whether you have been charged with illegal possession of a firearm, violating a concealed carry law, committing a felony while in possession of aweapon, possessing an illegal weapon, such as brass knuckles or a silencer, or being under the age of 18 and in possession of a handgun, an experienced defense attorney can ensure that your rights are protected.
Possible Defenses to Weapons and Firearms Offenses
Defenses to weapons and firearms offenses are largely dependent on the circumstances of your case, but some of the most common defenses include:
You did not actually have a weapon, or your possession of the weapon was not illegal.
The instrument you had in your possession was not intended to be used as a weapon.
The search and seizure during which the weapon was discovered was illegal.
You were acting in self defense or to protect someone else from serious injury or death.
Getting convicted of any type of weapons or firearms offense can have disastrous consequences. In addition to fines and imprisonment, you may:
Lose your right to carry a firearm.
Lose custody of your children.
Run into immigration issues, including deportation.
Receive a permanent criminal record.
Be ordered to pay restitution to victims.
These are serious charges with serious consequences, and it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced defense attorney if you have been charged with a weapons or firearms offense.
Contact Davis & Cannon, LLP Today
If you are facing felony charges for illegal possession or use of a firearm or other deadly weapon, the skilled legal team at Davis & Cannon, LLP can help. We have been protecting the rights of individuals charged with crimes in Gillette, Cheyenne, Sheridan and all of Wyoming for more than 70 years. Our experienced, knowledgeable defense team has an impressive track record of obtaining the results our clients want. Do not attempt to fight these serious charges on your own. A felony conviction will negatively impact your ability to get a job, housing, and even loans for years. We can help. Contact Davis & Cannon, LLP at (307) 672-7491 today for a free and confidential consultation about your case.