Are you facing weapons charges in the greater Phoenix area? If so, you know that you are up against offenses that may have serious and long-lasting consequences. Some weapons crimes in Arizona may be misdemeanors, but most are felonies. In addition to possible jail or prison time, weapons violations may result in probation and fines, and could impact your ability to hold certain jobs as well as your ability to own a firearm. Various statutes in Arizona prohibit the sale, possession and use of “deadly weapons” and “prohibited weapons.” In order to understand those statutes, it is necessary to know how those terms are defined. The definitions are contained in A.R.S. 13-1301. Under that provision, “deadly weapon” is defined as anything that is designed for lethal use, including a firearm. “Prohibited weapons” include explosives; silencers; automatic firearms; rifles with barrels less than 16 inches; nunchaku and similar self-defense devices; exploding canisters; and chemicals which, either alone or in combination, may cause an explosion or mechanical failure.
There are a host of laws concerning misconduct involving weapons. Some relate to possession, sale and trafficking, and others involve the circumstances under which the weapon was used. Still others are based upon the status of the person possessing the weapon. Whatever the charge against you, an experienced weapons crimes attorney can help. At The Feldman Law Firm, we specialize in defending clients charged with crimes, including weapons offenses. Our experience in this area, combined with our dedication to our clients, is your assurance that you are receiving the best legal representation available.
The number of weapons offenses in Arizona is significant. The following are some of the more commonly charged weapons-related crimes:
Misconduct Involving Weapons. A.R.S. 13-3102A.
Additional Offenses Involving Weapons
There are other crimes not listed under the weapons misconduct statute, but which nevertheless are treated more seriously, including increased penalties, when a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument is used. Here are a few examples:
Finally, a conviction for the illegal use of a deadly weapon or dangerous weapon may have additional consequences which extend beyond the weapons case itself. For example, such a conviction falls within the definition of violent crimes, which will make the defendant ineligible for probation in a case involving the personal possession and use of drugs.
The weapons laws are complicated and a conviction, whether it is for misconduct involving weapons or another offense in which a weapon was involved, can result in years in prison. At The Feldman Law Firm, we are experienced weapons crimes attorneys. Adam Feldman, a criminal defense specialist and former prosecutor, has handled numerous cases involving weapons, including murder. His record of success in these cases is impressive, and he has obtained not guilty verdicts in homicide and aggravated assault cases.
If you have been charged with a weapons violation or any offense in which the crime directly or indirectly relates to a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, you need an experienced and dedicated lawyer to guide you through the criminal justice process and provide you with the best defense available. Call The Feldman Law Firm today for a free consultation.
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