Grand Rapids Weapons Charge Defense Lawyer Protects Your Rights
Grand Rapids gun lawyer skilled at addressing alleged violations
Gun possession in the U.S. is governed by federal and state statutes and regulations. If you are facing charges of firearms infractions, The Fiorletta Law Group, PLLC is prepared to offer an aggressive defense. As a Grand Rapids gun lawyer, I am fully committed to fighting confiscation and defending your right to possess firearms for legal purposes. If your weapons charge is related to another alleged crime, I can provide the robust defense you need to achieve the best possible outcome.
Unlawful firearms possession in Michigan
Michigan is a sportsmen’s state, where legal gun ownership is common. Nevertheless, there are limitations. The following individuals are not permitted to own firearms in the state:
- Anyone under the age of 18
- Convicted felons, except those who may have their gun ownership rights formally restored
- Persons who have been declared insane and persons under order of commitment for mental illness
- Anyone who fails to score at least 70 percent on a Basic Pistol Safety Questionnaire
Even if you are legally permitted to own a gun, you must observe the federal Gun Control Act of 1968 in the purchase of rifles and shotguns. Owners of such guns must obey state laws pertaining to their possession and transportation. As for handguns, residents must apply for and receive a pistol license to buy, own and possess them. Sales of handguns must go through a dealer with a Federal Firearms License. Carrying a concealed pistol requires a special concealed pistol license (CPL).
Carrying under the influence in Michigan
Even if you have a CPL, you need to be aware of Michigan’s law against carrying a concealed weapon under the influence of alcohol. Penalties are based on your blood alcohol content (BAC) as follows:
- BAC of 0.02 to 0.07 — This is a civil infraction, calling for a $100 fine, and one-year CPL suspension.
- BAC of 0.08 to 0.09 — This is a misdemeanor offense, calling for up to 93 days in jail, a $100 fine and a three-year CPL suspension.
- BAC of 0.10 or more — This is a misdemeanor offense, calling for permanent revocation of a CPL license, in addition to up to 93 days in jail and a $100 fine.
Michigan’s law also criminalizes carrying a concealed weapon under the influence of a controlled substance. As a Grand Rapids criminal lawyer, I can help you fight these charges, in much the same way as a DUI, by aggressively challenging police procedure and testing protocols.
Robust defense to state and federal weapons charges
Depending on the violation, you can face prosecution from state and/or federal authorities. Common charges include:
- Unlawful possession of a firearm
- Unlawful possession of a concealed weapon
- Carrying a concealed pistol on a prohibited premises
- Firearms trafficking
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Armed robbery
- Parole violations
Many weapons charges come down to technical violations, for which it is possible to argue for a reduction or dismissal of charges. In all cases, the prior record of the accused is a particularly important factor. I take all facts under consideration as I craft a defense strategy focused on the best possible outcome.
Contact a proven Michigan gun crime defense lawyer for a free consultation
The Fiorletta Law Group, PLLC in Grand Rapids defends Michigan residents who are accused of state and federal gun crimes. Call 616-717-1334 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation.