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When could you face gun charges?

As United States citizens, individuals in Virginia and elsewhere are likely aware of their rights protected by the Constitution. While one may not have all of these memorized, some of these rights are better known than others. Take, for example, the right to bear arms. The Second Amendment provides this right; however, there are some exceptions, especially if a person is not permitted to own or use a gun or is unlawfully possessing a firearm. Thus, an individual could face charges for a gun crime.

There are certain times when a person cannot possess a gun for personal or business use. This occurs when a person is convicted of a crime that is punishable with a prison term for more than one year; if they are a fugitive from justice; if they are addicted to or illegally use any controlled substance; if they have been ruled mentally defective by a court or are committed to a mental institution; if they are an illegal alien that is living in the U.S. unlawfully; if they were dishonorably discharged from the military; if they renounced their U.S. citizenship; if they are subject to a restraining order that involves an intimate partner; or if they were convicted of domestic violence as a misdemeanor. A criminal charge could result if a person is unlawfully in possession of a firearm.

Depending on the state, individuals may be able to openly carry a gun in public. If an individual does not follow this law, it is possible to face criminal charges for not complying. When faced with a gun crime charge, it is important for defendants to understand what crime they face as well as the elements of the crime.

Initiating a criminal defense is important whether this is your first criminal charge or not. Considering your defense options is the best way to avoid the often harsh penalties that could follow a conviction.

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