Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose
Gun ownership is always up for debate, but if you are caught with a gun while committing a crime, there is no exception.
It’s against the law.
And prosecutors and judges will be more than willing to throw the book at you. So, if you have been arrested on a gun charge, the first thing you should do it contact criminal defense attorney Michael Anzalone. You’ll want to have a lawyer who understands the state’s gun laws.
If you were in possession of a firearm while committing a violent crime, you could be in serious trouble. The penalties are harsh in terms of prison and/or fines and probation. It all depends on the circumstances of your case. This is where your attorney will advise you on the right thing to do to get the best possible outcome in court.
The first thing your attorney will tell you is that you should never talk to law enforcement officials without having legal representation. Tell them you want your lawyer by your side before you talk to them about your case. This is one of your rights when you are arrested.
In New Hampshire, the state statutes define the gun laws. In the statutes, you’ll find RSA 159:15, which deals with possession of a dangerous weapon while committing a violent crime. Here is what it says:
I. A person shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor if that person uses or employs slung shot, metallic knuckles, billies, or other deadly weapon as defined in RSA 625:11, V during the commission or attempted commission of a violent crime.
II. "Violent crime,'' for purposes of this section, means "violent crime'' as defined in RSA 651:5, XIII.
No matter what you are charged with, you’ll need to be open with your lawyer, answering all questions truthfully so he or she won’t have any surprises when your case ends up before a judge.
Your lawyer will advise you that it’s never a good idea to be involved with a criminal element, but if you are, you’ll need to listen to his or her recommendations in order to get the best possible outcome in your case.
Depending on the circumstances of your arrest, you could be facing serious charges. In New Hampshire, prosecutors and judges are ready to go after you. You’ll need a strong defense lawyer sticking up for your rights.
In some cases you may be asked to take a plea agreement, which could result in no prison time in exchange for pleading guilty and accepting probation or fines. Or, your attorney may find weaknesses in the facts and advise that it’s best to take the case before a judge.
You want to have a lawyer you can trust and that person is Michael Anzalone. At The Anzalone Law Firm in Nashua, New Hampshire, our goal is to help you get your life back on track. This can be a life-altering event and we will be there to help you.
Call us today at 603.548.3797 for a free consultation with our legal team.