Virginia Firearm Offenses
Charges related to the prohibited possession or use of a firearm are difficult for many reasons. First and foremost, due to the increase in sensational gun violence throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and the rest of the United States, nearly every “gun charge” is treated with a heightened sense of awareness and scrutiny by the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. In fact, in many jurisdictions, the office policy for the local prosecutor’s often boils down to no deals for gun cases. This is highly problematic for many law-abiding members of the community who make mistakes on the consent forms and criminal background forms that must be completed before you purchase a firearm. Many of our clients were either convicted of felonies or involuntarily committed for mental health treatment 20 or 30 years ago when they were 18 or 19 years old and did not realize that they were actually convicted of a disqualifying felony offense or they did not realize that the overnight stay in the behavioral health ward of the local hospital was involuntary.
Additionally, you have been charged with a drug distribution charge and you have your duck hunting shotgun in your closet at home, there could be serious felony firearm charges filed against you that include severe jail sentences if you are convicted. Some of the most common offenses we defend against at Invictus Law include:
- 18.2-308.2. Possession of firearm by convicted felons
- 18.2-308.4. Possession of firearms while in possession of certain substances (Firearm & PWID)
- 18.2-308.2:2. False statement on criminal history record information check required for the transfer of certain firearms.
- 18.2-308.1:3. Purchase, possession, or transportation of firearm by persons involuntarily admitted or ordered to outpatient treatment; penalty.
- 18.2-53.1. Use or display of firearm in committing felony.
Our firm is prepared to help you with a defense for these offenses. Our attorneys have experience with the prosecution’s methods and are ready to fight by reviewing the governments evidence by questioning the credibility and truthfulness of witnesses and finding motivations for someone to bring such charges against you. Every method we use is focused on creating reasonable doubt the minds of the judge or jury about your guilt. Just because you have been accused of a firearms offense does not mean you need to assume the worst. There may be substantial defenses available in your case. An experienced Criminal defense lawyer will know what elements of your case to pursue to defend your rights.
Being charged with these types of crimes can quickly ruin your reputation and there is too much to risk not to seek an aggressive criminal defense lawyer in Virginia Beach. The prosecutors will vigorously pursue a conviction in your case, and we will defend your rights against a lengthy jail sentence or other serious result.