Possession of a Firearm
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The possession of a firearm in Massachusetts State becomes an unlawful act when the possessor does not comply with laws pertaining the necessary firearm permits, licenses, and identification cards, either due to intentional or accidental actions. It is also strictly illegal to use, sell, or purchase a firearm without first going through the proper government-regulated channels. By the state’s definition, a firearm is a pistol or revolver, loaded or unloaded, that has a barrel less than 16 inches in length.
If you are facing possession of a firearm charges, it is in your best interest to find not only a highly-experienced violent crimes attorney but also one who has defended firearms charges in state and federal courts. Boston Criminal Defense Attorney Brad Bailey can match all of your necessary criteria in a defense lawyer, and then some. As a former prosecutor, he also has a unique insight to the other side of the courtroom, giving him the ability to anticipate your opposition’s next moves and arguments and challenge them.
Although your charges can come about from simply holding a pistol in a public place without the right permits, the criminal penalties for such an act can be severe. You do not need to act in a threatening manner for you to be arrested, either; unlawful firearm possession charges truly are concerned with the fact that you were merely in possession of a firearm illegally. For this reason, you could also be facing related charges on top of your possession charges.
Penalties for unlawful firearm possession convictions can include:
Massachusetts State lawmakers have created numerous extensions to firearm possession laws to define more activities as illegal. Certain ammunition, clips, and magazines are illegal to possess, such as those with high capacities or automatic feeds in a semi-automatic weapon. If you have been convicted of a felony of any sort, even those unrelated to violence, firearm possession sentencing can escalate. Additionally, possessing an unlicensed firearm on your own private property is also a criminal act.
In order to prove that you are guilty of the unlawful possession of a firearm, the prosecution must prove three aspects of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt:
Boston Criminal Defense Attorney Brad Bailey is highly accomplished in filing and litigating motions to suppress search and seizures of firearms and other evidence. As this is a process that is virtually required for most firearms prosecution cases, he has the ability to shut down the state’s accusations before they even begin to form into an argument against you.
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Brad Bailey is the go-to defense attorney for white collar crimes, federal crimes, as well as serious state felony charges. He is without question one of the most experienced criminal defense attorneys in Boston.