Weapons Charges In Birmingham, Alabama
If you are accused of illegal possession of a firearm, we advise you to retain skilled criminal defense counsel as soon as possible, because these are serious charges. If you are a convicted felon, you are prohibited from possessing a firearm, and may face prison time. If a firearm was used during a drug crime for which you are already charged, you can be sentenced to additional prison time by a federal or state judge if you are convicted.
For experienced criminal defense, count on the law firm of Simms & Associates in Birmingham, Alabama. Attorney Derek B. Simms, who founded the firm in 1999, has extensive defense experience in federal and state courts, on gun crimes which range from carrying a concealed weapon while committing a crime to assault with a deadly weapon.
We are available 24 hours a day/seven days a week at 205-453-9700. We offer a free initial consultation to every client in every practice area, including violations of Alabama gun laws.
Understanding Firearms Possession, Weapons Violations Charges
We are committed to protecting the rights of clients on the following firearms possession, weapons violations charges:
- Felon in possession of a firearm
- Committing a drug crime while possessing a firearm
- Misdemeanor firearms charges, including carrying a concealed weapon or carrying a pistol without a permit
- First and second degree assault
- Assault with a deadly weapon
When attorney Simms accepts your case, he begins building a defense strategy immediately. While it is against the law for a felon to possess a firearm, there are defenses to this charge, and Simms & Associates has successfully defended this charge in federal court at trial.
Penalties For Firearms Possession, Weapons Violations Charges
If you are caught with firearms and drugs by law enforcement, state and federal sentencing enhancements apply. If you are convicted, possession of a firearm will add five years to your state sentence and a variable number of years to your federal sentence. Misdemeanor firearms possession is generally charged under the State Firearm Act, which mandates fines, jail time or hard labor.