Have You Received a Weapons Charge? Here's What You Need to Know
If you’ve received a weapons charge, this can be a confusing and stressful time. Weapons charges are serious and can affect many aspects of your life. Educate yourself and seek the guidance of an experienced criminal defence lawyer to help secure your future.
There are many different consequences you may face if you are convicted on a weapons charge. These include but are not limited to:
A Jail Sentence
In many instances, a weapons charge will carry a jail sentence, the length of which will be decided by the judge. If the person charged is carrying a firearm when a crime is committed, such as a robbery, they could receive a minimum jail sentence of 4 years, for example.
Individuals charged with an offense involving a weapon have greater difficulty securing reasonable bail, and they may be denied bail altogether.
When you are convicted of any crime, it's included as part of your criminal record. When you apply for a job and they perform a background check, your criminal record will show that you were convicted of a weapons related offense.
Revocation of Professional License
Some professions require a license, such as doctors and nurses. If you carry a professional license of any sort and get convicted of a weapons charge, your license can be revoked. This may not be a sentencing from the judge but will likely come from the association that granted your license.
What You Can Do
A weapons charge can mean serious jail time, and time spent in jail can significantly alter the course of your life. Take steps to ensure you have the best possible legal team on your side. Haryett & Company is one of the most experienced law firms in Edmonton, Alberta when it comes to defending individuals charged with weapons related offenses. We have built a reputation for providing expert, individualized legal advice, and for fighting aggressively for our clients in court. Contact us today for more information.