Manassas Weapon Crimes Attorney
The consequences of a weapons crime in Virginia are substantial. Being convicted could mean a person gets jail time, receives fines, and puts their job at risk. Gun laws were passed in Virginia in 2016 and the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act may pass as a federal law in the future. With all the changes, it is important for someone who is charged with a weapons crime to be well-informed about the laws that apply. At the law offices of Simms Showers LLP, we stay current with all of the weapons law so that we can provide our clients with the best legal advice and representation. Our Manassas weapon crime attorneys handle cases on both the prosecution and defense, which provides us with an advantage when we enter the courtroom. If you have been charged with a weapons crime in Manassas, contact the skilled attorneys at our office to further discuss your case.
What Weapons Are Illegal in The Commonwealth of Virginia
The following describes various laws that criminalize possession of weapons in Virginia:
- Possession or use of a machine gun in a crime of violence, or attempted crime of violence, is a class two felony. If the machine gun is intended or used for an aggressive or offensive manner, it becomes a class four felony;
- Possession of a “sawed-off” rifle or shotgun with the purpose of committing a crime of violence is a class two felony. Possession of these weapons for any other reason is a class four felony; and
- Possession, selling, barter, and gifting of blackjacks, discs with two or more blades, or metal knucks is a class four misdemeanor.
There are also several other instances where possession of firearms becomes illegal. For example, Virginia Code 18.2-308.4, states that it is illegal to have a firearm in one’s possession at the same time that they have possession of a Schedule I or II drug as defined in the Drug Control Act.
What is the Difference Between Virginia Weapons Laws and Federal Weapons Laws?
Each state, including Virginia, has its own laws regarding weapons, in particular firearms. Federal laws are also applicable nationally. Depending on the circumstances, one set of laws may have harsher punishments than the other. It is important to understand both Virginia weapons laws and federal weapons laws because if you are charged with a weapons crime, your case could be tried at a state level or federal level. Unlike many other criminal defense law firms, our attorneys are prepared to represent you and defend your rights in either federal or state court.
We Can Help if You Have Been Charged with a Weapons Crime
The severity of a weapons crime multiplies if you have simultaneously been charged with another crime such as robbery, drug trafficking, or assault. If you have been charged with illegally possessing or using a weapon, it is crucial to seek legal aid as soon as possible. Contact the Manassas attorneys at Simms Showers LLP for a free initial consultation. We will guide you through the complexity of the law and represent your rights throughout the legal process.