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Weapons Charges


The District of Columbia is notorious for their tough gun laws. When you are facing weapons violations here, you can expect to be punished to the fullest extent of the law if convicted. This is just one of the many reasons having a criminal defense attorney on your side is so necessary.

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There are many gun laws in the District and therefore many laws for you to run afoul of. Weapons statutes within D.C. can seem confusing due to their complexity. If you’re confused about the charges you are facing, contact me today.

Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in DC- Laws & Penalties

This charge applies to many different circumstances. If charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, you are facing a mandatory minimum sentence of one year and up to 10 years behind bars. If, however, you have a violent criminal history, your mandatory minimum can be increased to 3 years with a maximum 15 year prison sentence.

This charge applies if you are found in possession of a firearm and you:

  • Are a convicted felon,
  • Are a fugitive from justice,
  • Are addicted to drugs,
  • Have a domestic violence history,
  • Are named in a restraining order, or
  • Have been previously ordered to relinquish your firearms.

Ref: DC Code 22-4503

Additional Penalty for Committing a Crime with a Gun

If you are convicted of a violent crime like robbery and in committing the offense you used a firearm, you could be facing this additional charge. This is a very serious offense and the potential sentence it carries depends on whether or not you’ve ever faced this charge before.

A first time offense carries a potential 5 year mandatory minimum prison sentence and up to 30 years behind bars. However, if this isn’t your first conviction of this kind, that mandatory minimum can be increased to 10 years for a second offense.

Ref: DC Code 22-4502

Carrying Concealed Weapons

You cannot carry a concealed weapon within D.C. without a permit. If you are found carrying such a weapon, you will generally face misdemeanor charges and a potential 1 year jail sentence. However, there are situations which can elevate this charge to a felony.

If you are carrying the weapon in public, you could face up to 5 years in prison and $5,000 in fines. Also, if you have a prior felony conviction on your record, you will face up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Ref: DC Code 22-4504

You can also face a variety of charges in regards to the illegal sale and purchase of weapons, transporting weapons, altering weapons, destroying firearms, and carrying them in certain places. There are many gun laws that you can easily run afoul of—making it difficult to know and abide by all of them at all times.

If you’re facing weapons charges in Washington D.C., you need a local criminal defense attorney on your side. Contact me today to discuss your case and for some valuable free legal advice.

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