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Fairfax Gun Crimes Attorneys

Firearms Offenses in Virginia 

Americans have numerous firearms rights, but with those rights come certain responsibilities, which are enforced by some of the strongest gun laws. Violating these laws—even unintentionally—can leave you facing serious criminal penalties. 

If you were charged with a gun crime, such as illegal possession of a firearm or using a firearm in the act of committing a crime, you face possible felony charges that can include a mandatory minimum sentence. Your attorney must be ready to fight aggressively to protect your immediate rights and your long-term future.

At Lawrence, Smith & Gardner, we provide the knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense representation you need. Our Fairfax gun crimes attorneys have been aggressively protecting the rights of individuals charged with felony weapons offenses in the state and federal courts for decades. We provide clients with honest, straightforward counsel. We don’t make empty promises, but we can assure you that we will do everything we can to secure the best possible outcome in your case.

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Common Types of Gun Crimes 

Virginia law outlines a variety of gun crimes, each of which carries harsh criminal penalties. Additionally, residents of Virginia must also abide by various federal gun laws defined by the U.S. government. Failure to follow these laws could result in felony charges, which may lead to lengthy prison sentences and thousands of dollars in fines, among other potential penalties. 

Some examples of common gun crimes in Virginia include: 

  • Possessing a firearm after a felony conviction
  • Using a firearm in the commission of a crime 
  • Illegal sale or purchase of an unregistered firearm
  • Illegal transport or discharge of a firearm 
  • Brandishing a weapon, including a firearm 
  • Armed robbery, burglary, or assault 
  • Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit
  • Obtaining a concealed carry permit through fraud
  • Possessing a gun in a prohibited place, such as a school or courthouse
  • Carrying a firearm while consuming or under the influence of alcohol 
  • Carrying a firearm while in possession of or under the influence of an illegal substance

Depending on the type of offense allegedly committed, gun crimes are often charged alongside other criminal offenses, such as drug charges, assault and battery charges, or domestic violence charges. This can lead to even harsher penalties if you are convicted. 

What Are the Penalties for Gun Crimes in Virginia? 

The exact penalties you face depend on the factors of your case. Some of these factors include how the crime is charged (i.e., as a felony or misdemeanor), whether there were any aggravating factors present, and whether you are facing additional charges for another offense. 

In many cases, a conviction for a gun crime in Virginia carries the following penalties: 

  • Up to one year in jail or up to five years or more in prison
  • Thousands of dollars in fines 
  • Probation 
  • Court costs and fees 

You could also lose certain rights if you are convicted of a gun crime, including your right to own or possess a firearm in the future. A conviction will also result in a criminal record, which is public and accessible to family members, friends, employers, landlords, and anyone else with internet access. This can significantly impact your ability to get or keep a job, find housing, or even obtain a loan. 

Avoiding a Gun Crime Conviction

At Lawrence, Smith & Gardner, we understand how important it is that you avoid the harsh penalties that come with a gun crime conviction. Depending on the circumstances of your case, there could be many potential options available to you. Our Fairfax gun crimes lawyers can help you understand these options and determine the best course of action for your unique situation.

Our firm has a long track record of success in helping clients from all walks of life fight serious criminal charges. We have helped people work to have their charges reduced or dropped, fought for lesser sentencing, and achieved numerous not-guilty verdicts. Your best defense against gun crime charges is working with a knowledgeable and experienced attorney, like ours at Lawrence, Smith & Gardner. 

Contact Our Gun Crime Attorneys Today for a Free & Confidential Consultation

Time is of the essence when it comes to fighting criminal charges. The prosecution is likely already developing its case against you; you need an attorney by your side who is ready to work just as quickly and even more efficiently to defend your rights, your freedom, and your future. 

Reach out to Lawrence, Smith & Gardner right away to learn how our gun crime attorneys in Fairfax, VA, can help you with your criminal defense case. We offer complimentary consultations in person or over the phone/virtually. 

Get in touch with us at (703) 382-5840 or submit a secure online contact form to request a free consultation with our team today. 

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