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Legal Representation Defending the Rights of Those Accused of Gun Crimes in Georgia

If you have been accused of illegally carrying or using a firearm in the state of Georgia, you must quickly find powerful support from a knowledgeable firearm offense attorney in Atlanta. Your criminal defense advocate will need to be able to carefully analyze the specifics of your case, and accurately represent your side in court. There are many complexities in federal and state laws regarding firearms restrictions. You can count on The Law Office of Ahmad R. Crews to support you in obtaining your rights.

Contact us now at (404) 282-4190 whenever you have any questions regarding firearms restrictions, offenses, or penalties.

Misdemeanor and Felony Firearm Offenses in Atlanta, GA

There are many different offenses for firearms in the state of Georgia. Fortunately, you can trust our experienced lawyer to skillfully work for you no matter what the charge is.

Just some examples of the firearm charges we can work to overturn include cases involving:

  • Intending to commit an offense by utilizing a gun
  • Unlicensed guns
  • Purchasing guns for someone else, known as a straw purchase
  • Illegally concealed firearms
  • Stolen guns
  • Shotguns that been illegally tampered with or sawed off
  • Unlawfully selling or trafficking firearms
  • Illegally using or possessing a gun on federal property
  • Wrongful use and possession of automatic weapons, silencers, and other firearms
  • Forgetting to register a firearm with the proper authorities
  • Possessing a firearm if you are a convicted felon

Firearm Restrictions for Convicted Felons and First Offender Probationers

The Georgia law states that any person convicted of a felony or is on probation from a first felony offense is prohibited from owning, carrying or transporting a firearm. The state takes these restrictions very seriously. First time violators will face prison time between one and ten years. Second time offenses will face between five and ten years.

Exceptions:

  • If a person has been convicted of a felony involving unfair trade practices or anti trust violations, he or she is able to submit an appeal that shows evidence that owning a firearm would not cause them to be considered a threat to society.
  • If a person has been convicted of a felony and was later pardoned.

Impact of Prior Convictions on Firearm Charges in Atlanta

In Atlanta, prior convictions significantly affect the severity of penalties for firearm charges. Under Georgia law, individuals with previous felony convictions may face enhanced penalties if convicted of gun crimes again.

This could include mandatory minimum prison sentences and more severe felony charges, especially if the prior offenses involved violence or weapons violations.

For those without a prior criminal record or gun crime conviction/gun charge as per Georgia’s gun laws, the consequences of gun charges, such as illegal gun possession or carrying a concealed weapon without a license, are generally less severe but can still include significant legal troubles.

First-time offenders may face misdemeanor charges, which can result in fines, community service, and possibly short jail terms. However, the exact penalties depend heavily on the specifics of the case, such as the type of firearm involved or the circumstances of the arrest.

Regardless of criminal history, it’s crucial for anyone accused of gun crimes in Atlanta to seek the guidance of an experienced Atlanta gun lawyer. A skilled gun attorney in Atlanta can help navigate the complexities of Georgia’s gun law, potentially reducing the charges or penalties and protecting the accused person’s rights and future.

What is a Forcible Felony in Georgia?

If the previous conviction was a forcible felony, the minimum sentence is five years in prison. Forcible felony is type of felony conviction that involves a violent act that was either threatened or carried out on another person. Some common types of forcible felonies include:

  • Murder
  • Burglary, robbery or armed robbery
  • Kidnapping
  • Stalking
  • Rape, child molestation, sexual battery
  • Possession of explosives

What Happens if a Person with a Forcible Felony Attempts to Purchase a Firearm?

If a person convicted of a forcible felony attempts to purchase a firearm he or she will be charged with an additional felony. The penalty is five years in prison.

Can I Have a Loaded Gun in my Car in Georgia?

In Georgia, you are allowed to have a loaded gun in your car. If you do not own the vehicle, you must have permission from the owner of the vehicle to do so. You are not allowed to have a loaded gun in your car if you are prohibited from the law from possessing a handgun.

Do You Have to Tell Police you Have a Gun in the Car in Georgia?

In Georgia, there is no law that requires you to inform an officer that you are carrying a firearm. There is also no law that says you must hand over your weapons carry license, but there is a law preventing police officers from randomly asking you if you have a weapons carry license.

Dedicated Advocacy

In many cases, people who have been convicted of firearms charges in the state of Georgia have been accused of possessing or misusing a gun in an illegal manner. However, these cases usually occur because of lack of clarity between federal restrictions and state restrictions. It is very common for peaceful citizens to accidentally break a firearm code because they did not know about the particular restriction for a certain location they were entering, or were unaware of a boundary where a different firearm law applied. This is why it is imperative to have a firearm offense attorney in Atlanta who is knowledgeable and experienced about the detailed complexities of firearm laws in Georgia.

Call us today at (404) 282-4190 or contact us online to get a confidential consultation from the dedicated team at The Law Office of Ahmad R. Crews.

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