Pueblo Gun Charge Defense Lawyer
All types of criminal charges are serious, but gun charges in particular can carry extremely harsh penalties and can have a substantial negative impact on your life. If you were arrested on gun charges or are just wondering what the gun laws are in Colorado so you can make sure you aren’t inadvertently breaking the law, Anaya & Chadderdon, P.C. can help. Our experienced Pueblo gun charge attorneys can assist with your case or answer any questions you have. Contact Anaya & Chadderdon, P.C. for a free consultation today.
Pueblo Colorado Gun Laws
Gun laws can be confusing, so it’s crucial that you understand the law so you can follow it. There are several different types of gun charges in Colorado. The most common ones include the following:
Prohibited Use of a Weapon (Includes Firearms)
The charge of prohibited use of a weapon makes it illegal for an individual to discharge or throw certain weapons at people. As it relates to firearms, you are in violation of this statute if you knowingly aim a firearm at another person, discharge a firearm recklessly or with criminal negligence, you knowingly set a trap using a loaded gun that will discharge upon being tripped or approached, or you possess a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. The first time you violate this statute, you can be charged with a class 2 misdemeanor. The potential penalties are three to 12 months in jail and a possible fine of between $250 and $1,000 for this charge. You can also be sentenced to probation. The penalties can be much more severe if you have a previous weapon or firearm conviction.
Defacing a Firearm or Possession of a Defaced Firearm
In Colorado, it is unlawful to remove or alter the serial number of a firearm, or to possess a gun whose serial number has been altered or defaced. This is a class 1 misdemeanor and is punishable by six to 18 months in prison and a fine of no more than $5,000.
Unlawful Purchase of a Firearm in Colorado
In Colorado, it is illegal to buy a firearm for someone that you know or reasonably should have known is prohibited from purchasing or possessing a gun. This is a class 4 felony and is punishable by two to six years in prison and a fine of between $2,000 and $500,000. Convicted felons, those convicted of certain crimes, and many other categories of people are not permitted to own or possess firearms in Colorado. If you’re unsure who is prohibited from possessing a gun, it’s wise to speak with a lawyer.
Unlawfully Carrying a Concealed Weapon
In most circumstances, it is illegal to carry a concealed firearm in Colorado without a permit. Concealed typically means it is not discernible or apparent by ordinary observation. There are some exceptions. For example, you may carry a concealed firearm if you are going on a legitimate hunting trip or you’re in your own home or dwelling. This is a class 2 misdemeanor, and the potential penalties are three to 12 months in jail and a fine of between $250 and $1,000. The penalties can be more severe if you have prior offenses.
Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender
If you were convicted of a felony or of attempting to commit a felony, conspiracy to commit a felony, or a juvenile act that, if committed as an adult, would constitute one of the above, you are not permitted to possess a firearm in the state of Colorado. Penalties depend on your prior convictions and whether the weapon is considered a dangerous weapon under Colorado law. However, the most severe penalties for the first time you’re charged with this crime include up to three years in prison and a fine of no more than $100,000.
Our Pueblo Gun Charge Attorneys Are Here For You
If you or a loved one needs legal representation regarding gun charges or any other criminal matters, Anaya & Chadderdon, P.C. can help. As a former prosecutor, our Pueblo criminal defense attorneys have a unique perspective on defending criminal cases. When you hire our firm, you can be confident that you’re hiring someone who truly cares about you and the community. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation.