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Defending Against Gun Crimes Charges

In Indiana, you could be charged with unlawful possession of a firearm if you had a gun on you without a license or were prohibited from having a weapon because of a prior conviction. Weapons charges can be pursued as Class A misdemeanors, Level 5 felonies, or Level 4 felonies. The level is tied to the type of conduct involved and the statute you allegedly violated. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony, you could be looking at anywhere from a maximum of 1 year in jail to up to 12 years in prison. Although the potential penalties for a gun crime are severe, do not lose hope in your case. A defense attorney can fight to help you seek to avoid or minimize the punishments. 

At the Law Office of B.D. Williams, we recognize how a conviction can affect the lives of the individual charged and their family. We care about protecting the rights and futures of the people we serve, which is why our Indianapolis weapons charges lawyer delivers the hard-hitting defense people need. We are thorough in our research and put in the time and effort necessary to build solid and innovative legal strategies for our clients. When you choose us for your defense, you will be treated like a person. We will take the time to learn about you and your needs and goals and will stand steadfastly beside you as we pursue an optimal result. 

If you’re facing a gun crime charge in Indianapolis, please contact us at (317) 458-9911 to discuss your case during a free consultation.

What Constitutes Unlawful Possession of a Firearm?

Indiana has several laws prohibiting people from possessing guns under certain circumstances.

The statutes include:

  • IC § 35-47-2-1: This law states that it is illegal for a person to have a firearm on them when they do not have a gun license. However, exceptions exist, such as when the individual has the weapon in a vehicle they own and it’s in a locked case in an inaccessible location, is on their own property, or is on another’s property and they have the owner’s consent. 
  • IC § 35-47-4-5: It is unlawful for a serious violent felon to possess a firearm. A serious violent felon is someone who has been convicted of an offense such as:
  • IC § 35-47-4-6: Under this statute, it is illegal for a person to have a firearm if they were convicted of domestic battery. Domestic battery includes offensive, rude, or insolent touching or placing bodily fluids on a family or household member.
  • IC § 35-47-4-6.5: An individual may be prohibited for a person to own a gun if a court has found them to be a dangerous person. A dangerous person is someone considered to pose an immediate risk to themselves or others or likely to cause injury to themselves or others because of a mental illness or evidence supporting the belief that they could commit a violent or suicidal act.

No matter the gun-related crime you have been accused of, entrust your case to the Law Office of B.D. Williams. Our weapons charges attorney in Indianapolis gives each client the attention and legal representation they deserve.

Possible Sentences for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

The penalties for gun crimes are serious. They carry the potential for incarceration and fines. The exact punishments a judge can impose depend on the facts of the case.

For instance, possession of a gun by an unlicensed person, unlawful possession by a domestic batterer, and unlawful possession by a dangerous person are each Class A misdemeanors. 

In Indiana, Class A misdemeanors are penalized by up to 1 year in jail and/or up to $10,000 in fines.

Unlawful possession by an unlicensed person can increase to a Level 5 felony when the offense was committed on or in school property, on a school bus, or by someone with a prior gun crime conviction.

The minimum sentence for a level 5 felony is 1 year of imprisonment; the maximum is 6 years. Additionally, the judge can impose a fine of up to $10,000.

Unlawful possession by a serious violent felon is a Level 4 felony. For this weapons charge, the minimum prison sentence is 2 years, and the maximum is 12 years. It also carries a fine of not more than $10,000.

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Fighting a gun-related charge requires the ability to develop and present persuasive arguments. Backed by 2 decades of experience, our attorney has the skills necessary to defend you.

If you need legal help challenging a weapons charge in Indianapolis, please call us at (317) 458-9911 or submit an online contact form today.

Brian D. Williams
As a Chicago-area criminal defense attorney, Brian personally handled numerous criminal cases including felony drug and weapon cases as well as misdemeanor traffic, drug, and weapon cases. Afterward, Brian returned to Indianapolis, took and passed the Indiana Bar examination, and was admitted to the Indiana Bar.
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