Facing Weapons Charges? My Firm 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 criminal defense lawyer. I am Elaine Lukic, an attorney with 25 years of experience in criminal law as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. With one of the highest rates of acquittals and dismissals in Colorado, my success on behalf of clients speaks for itself.
Common Weapons Crimes Charges
I am ready to defend you against any weapons charge, including those listed below:
- Unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon (known as possession of a weapon by a previous offender, or POWPO)
- Felony dangerous weapon charges (possessing modified firearms, machine guns, ballistic knives, etc.)
- Misdemeanor illegal weapon charges (possessing metallic “brass” knuckles, flame throwers, or blackjack such as a sand club or billyclub)
- Concealed weapon charges (Carrying a concealed weapon on government premises or without a valid permit)
- Misdemeanor possession of a defaced firearm
- Misdemeanor defacing a firearm (altering its identifying information such as the serial number)
- Weapon charges as part of a drug arrest
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.
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.