In the Gwinnett County area gun charges are prosecuted often and severely. Due to the rash of gun violence throughout the metro Atlanta area, the District Attorney’s office in Gwinnett County takes a very serious view of anyone who uses a gun in a crime. A person who has been charged with possession of heroin might only face anywhere from no jail time to three to four years in jail. However, if there is a gun involved, there is typically an additional five years added to the prison sentence just for having a gun during the commission of the crime.
Therefore, if you have been charged with a gun or firearm offense it is vital to contact a Gwinnett County gun lawyer as soon as possible to begin building a defense as soon as possible. An experienced defense attorney can assist in investigating the facts of the case and ensuring that the consequences are minimized as much as possible.
The two most common firearm offenses in Gwinnett County are number one, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, which means a person did some sort of felony and they had a gun with them.
The second most common charge is possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. If a person has been convicted of a felony charge anywhere in the United States, it is illegal for them to have a gun in the State of Georgia. Sometimes a person was convicted of a felony 25 or 30 years ago or earlier, and they are caught with a hunting rifle during deer season and are charged with an additional gun offense. Although this may seem like a minor firearm offense, it is treated very seriously and warrants contact with an attorney in Gwinnett County as soon as possible.
Many municipalities and counties in the State of Georgia have their own rules about where a person can carry guns, these sometimes conflict with state laws. There are two main camps – the pro-gun movement and the anti-gun movement. The pro-gun movement is largely advocated for and led by the NRA in Georgia. They want to expand the right to carry weapons, including concealed weapons throughout the State of Georgia.
The anti-gun movement is led in a large part by the many victims of gun crimes in Georgia. This movement wants to make sure that guns stay out of schools, movie theaters, bars, et cetera. Sometimes the state law and local ordinances conflict on whether a person is allowed to carry a gun into a certain type of establishment. This is a matter in which the courts will probably have to get involved in order to sort it out for the people of Georgia.
The benefit of hiring a private Gwinnett County gun lawyer is that we are committed to the individual’s case and working for them. If a person uses a county-paid public defender, that attorney does not necessarily have the same financial incentive to work hard for the defendant and put his efforts towards them. Private attorneys get business based on their reputation, and the way they keep a good reputation is by working hard for their clients.
If you are charged with a gun crime or any type of crime, get in touch with the office today.