Las Vegas Weapons Charges Lawyer

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Many weapons charges carry mandatory prison sentences. At Oronoz and Ericsson, our Las Vegas criminal defense can work to help you minimize (or sometimes eliminate) these prison sentences.

The some of the different types of weapons charges are listed below:

  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Battery with substantial harm with a deadly weapon
  • Robbery with a deadly weapon
  • Federal firearms offenses

These crimes carry serious penalties alone, and they are often brought in conjunction with charges of other serious crimes. The stakes are so high when it comes to weapons crimes that defendants can’t afford to wait or to risk going into the justice system without excellent counsel. It’s important that you contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are being protected.

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Potential Issues in Weapons Cases

Illegal Search and Seizures

Weapons charges must be supported by, obviously, evidence of a weapon. Law enforcement must follow specific procedures when they search for evidence, seize evidence, and catalog it for use at trial. If they find the weapon through an illegal search and seizure, this could cause issues. Further, prosecutors have to take certain steps in disclosing evidence before they are allowed to admit it at trial. A weapons charge attorney knows the rules. We know how to use these rules to beat convictions.

Prior Convictions

Penalties from weapons charges often depend on whether there have been previous convictions. Federal sentencing guidelines often provide heightened sentences for certain categories of criminal. The Armed Career Criminal Act, passed in 1984, requires a 15-year minimum prison sentence for people convicted of three prior violent offenses or serious drug crimes when facing a federal weapons charge.

The effects that prior convictions have on your case are entirely dependent on the skill of the attorney. Our team is familiar with all of the current case laws involving the use of prior offenses for calculation of sentencing and will work to make persuasive arguments to the court that can cut years of jail time off of a sentence, even in the cases of conviction.

Why Weapons Charges Require Skilled Representation

A conviction for any crime involving a weapon can be life altering in almost every way imaginable. It takes the skills of a criminal defense attorney with experience in all types of cases where a weapon is involved in order to avoid such an outcome. Our legal team at Oronoz and Ericsson Injury Lawyers brings the cumulative experiences of past cases to bear where firearms were part of the case in order to develop the strongest defense for every single client. This enables us to construct a solid defense that can influence pre-trial negotiations for trial avoidance or in trial outcomes that favor the client. If you have been accused of crimes involving weapons, Oronoz and Ericsson Injury Lawyers is prepared to do whatever is needed in order to protect your rights.