Criminal charges in various areas of the law can not only render consequences such as fines and jail time but they can also affect your rights in other areas, like the right to bear arms. Your criminal charge or conviction should not have to affect your right to lawfully own a firearm, especially if you simply own that firearm for recreational activities such as hunting.
If you do not act quickly to protect your rights, your ability to own a firearm could be gone forever. Contact the Law Office of Mark R. Stephens to get representation today from an Everett attorney handling unlawful possession of firearms.
State and Federal Gun Laws
Federal gun laws dictate rules and regulations about firearm possession, ownership and distribution. State laws vary in this area, and more often dictate conceal and carry regulations on how a gun must be kept. In cases of criminal defense, federal laws are what affect your ability to own a gun.
Federal laws restrict some criminal offenders from personal or business gun ownership, possession and sales. An individual may not be permitted to own a gun if he or she was convicted of a crime that is punishable by more than one year of incarceration. Gun ownership rights may also be restricted if an individual is committed to a mental institution, illegally uses, sells or is addicted to a controlled substance, or has had issues of domestic violence and/or restraining orders. This is only a brief list. To find out more about whether or not you could be in violation of gun laws, contact a skilled lawyer who can help protect your rights.
How to Protect Your Rights
Once your gun ownership laws are revoked, you must get them reinstated. Many individuals understand that gun ownership rights may be revoked for a certain period of time, and once that time frame is up, they may neglect to have ownership rights reinstated. Being charged with unlawful possession of a firearm in this case could result in a felony charge, and that is not something to be taken lightly.
Contact a Snohomish County Gun Crime Defense Attorney Today
For fervent representation that can protect your basic right to bear arms as a United States citizen, contact attorney Stephens. 425-320-4931 or e-mail to schedule a free initial consultation. He provides representation throughout Washington state to both English- and Spanish-speaking clients and can be flexible in payment options.