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Lakewood Weapons Charges Attorney

Facing Weapons Charges? We Can Help.

Our nation is more divided than ever when it comes to the possession and use of guns and other weapons. Moreover, state and federal laws around weapons possession/use are detailed and complex, leading to accidental violations that can have significant consequences. For your own personal and legal safety, it is important to understand and obey the laws to the best of your ability.

If you have been charged with a weapons offense, it’s time to seek the help of an experienced Lakewood criminal defense lawyer. As an attorney with over 25 years of experience in criminal law, Elaine Lukic can help.  She has worked on both sides of the criminal justice system and understands how the prosecution deals with weapons charges and how to defend them. With one of the highest rates of acquittals and dismissals in Colorado, our success on behalf of clients speaks for itself.

Why You Need A Lakewood Weapons Charges Attorney 

The potential consequences of a weapons charge conviction are serious and life-altering. A single conviction can derail the rest of your life. Colorado gun laws are very strict and call for years of imprisonment and hefty fines that can bankrupt the accused. If you are facing serious gun charges, you need a knowledgeable and skilled Lakewood weapons charges attorney. 

The Law Offices of Elaine E. Lukic, we can defend you against weapons charges. Attorney Elaine Lukic is a former prosecutor and is intimately familiar with how the prosecution assembles these cases. She continuously leverages this knowledge to her client’s advantage to defend their rights and freedoms.  When you hire us for your case, we get to work immediately to devise an effective legal strategy. This may consist of:

  • Reviewing the charges against you and getting your side of the story to determine if there are inaccuracies in the charging documents
  • Interviewing witnesses and reviewing the evidence against you
  • Filing motions to suppress evidence if a weapon was obtained through an illegal search or seizure 
  • Carefully reviewing the statutory definition of the crime and arguing for a dismissal of charges if the facts do not fit the statute
  • Mounting a case for a dismissal or reduction of the charges against you
  • Developing a strategic defense based on individual factors involved in your case

We have extensive experience defending people against various types of gun crimes and am prepared to defend clients against these charges, such as assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, prohibited use of a weapon, illegal discharge, and possession of a weapon by a previous offender. We know what it takes to beat these cases. Call today for your free case review. 

Common Weapons Crimes Charges

We are ready to defend you against any weapons charge, including those listed below:

  • CRS 18-12-108 – Unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon (known as possession of a weapon by a previous offender, or POWPO)
  • CRS 18-12-102 – Felony dangerous weapon charges (possessing modified firearms, machine guns, ballistic knives, etc.)
  • CRS 18-12-102(4) – Misdemeanor illegal weapon charges (possessing metallic “brass” knuckles, flame throwers, or blackjack such as a sand club or billyclub)
  • CRS 18-12-106 – Concealed weapon charges (Carrying a concealed weapon on government premises or without a valid permit)
  • CRS 18-12-103 – Misdemeanor defacing a firearm (altering its identifying information such as the serial number) or misdemeanor possession of a defaced firearm
  • Weapon charges as part of a drug arrest

If you are facing any of these charges, it is critical that you reach out immediately to an experienced Lakewood weapons charges attorney. Your life may hang in the balance. 

Potential Penalties For Weapons Charges In Colorado

Prosecutors use their discretion when determining the penalties for specific weapons charges based on the details of the alleged crime. The criminal record (or lack thereof) of the accused, associated crimes and where the crime took place all factor into the severity of penalties. Regardless of the specific crime, weapons charges are serious and usually come with harsh consequences if you are convicted. Here are some of the potential penalties you can face, based upon the charge:

  • Class 2 misdemeanor – Three to twelve months in jail, a fine up to $1,000
  • Class 1 misdemeanor – Six to eighteen months in jail, a fine up to $5,000
  • Class 6 felony – One year to eighteen months in prison, a fine up to $100,000
  • Class 5 felony – One to three years in prison, a fine up to $100,000
  • Class 4 felony – Two to six years in prison, a fine up to $500,000 
  • Class 3 felony – Four to twelve years in prison, a fine up to $750,000
  • Class 2 felony – Eight to twenty-four years in prison, a fine up to $1,000,000

In addition to these penalties, you can also face various collateral consequences that can affect your life for years to come. You may be fired from your job, have difficulty finding employment, securing housing, and be barred from owning a gun in the future. 

Laws Against Prohibited Use Of A Weapon

Colorado also has laws against how/when weapons can be used. Here are some common examples of illegal behavior related to weapons:

  • Possessing a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Shooting a gun recklessly or negligently, including shooting into a home or occupied structure. This also applies to other projectile shooters like bows.
  • Willfully aiming a gun at another person for any reason other than self-defense
  • Leaving a loaded weapon unattended or setting a trap meant to shoot or explode when someone else approaches or trips it
  • Possessing and using non-gun weapons like bombs, switchblade knives, bows, throwing stars and nunchakus except in situations involving legitimate public demonstrations.

A conviction for prohibited use of a weapon can result in between 3 and 12 months in jail and a fine of between $250 and $1,000.

The right attorney can make a big difference in your case – with 25 years of experience in criminal law, I am that attorney. Contact my firm to learn more about how I can help you.

Free Consultations Available – Call Or Email Today

If you have been charged with a weapons charge in Colorado, you need an experienced Lakewood weapons charges attorney who can protect your rights. If you have been accused of causing property damage with a firearm, learn about Lakewood criminal mischief. For more than 25 years, I have fought to protect the rights of my clients. With experience as a former prosecutor and one of the highest acquittal rates in the state, you can trust that I can capably handle your case. 

The Law Offices of Elaine E. Lukic serves clients throughout Lakewood and the Denver Metro area. To arrange your free initial consultation, send an email or call (303) 809-3425. I can help.