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Gun and Weapon Offenses

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Georgia has many laws dealing with guns and weapons. Possession, sale, and firing, of handguns, rifles, shotguns, and other weapons, is regulated by law and in certain instances can be a chargeable offense. Some charges can be misdemeanors and others felonies

If you or someone you know has been arrested due to a weapons violation, or if you’ve faced charges in the past then you need to familiarize yourself with Georgia’s gun and weapons laws. As with any other criminal charge you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney, like those at the Arora Law Firm.

Georgia’s Gun Laws

Aggravated Assault and Battery

Under GA Code § 16-5-20 assault becomes aggravated, and a felony, if a person assaults someone else with a deadly weapon. Assault is when a person attempts to commit a violent injury or commits an act that causes the other person to believe they will receive a violent injury. Battery and Aggravated Battery are the execution of the act of assault. Meaning a person commits aggravated battery on someone else if they hit, shoot, or disfigure someone else maliciously. 

Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Battery can be charged as felony crimes. This means a person can face anywhere between 1 and 20 years of imprisonment. Restitution and probation are also both options which the court can impose.

Unlawful Possession of Firearms or Weapons

Per O.C.G.A. 16-11-123 a person commits the offense of unlawful possession of firearms or weapons if they possess, knowingly, a sawed-off shotgun, sawed-off rifle, machine gun, dangerous weapon, or silencer. Someone charged with this offense could face up to 5 years of imprisonment. This is a felony offense.

Possession of Firearm or Knife during commission of or attempt to commit certain crimes

O.C.G.A. 16-11-106 criminalizes the possession of a firearm during the commission of crimes against other people, trespassing, theft from buildings or vehicles, and any crime involving possession, manufacturing, delivering, or trafficking of illicit substances like Marijuana or Cocaine. 

This charge can be brought against someone along with the underlying offense. Meaning a person could face both this charge and charges of burglary or drug possession. 

Possessing a weapon during the commission of another crime can see someone face up to 5 years of imprisonment.

Possession of a Weapon by a convicted felon in Georgia

Anyone who is on probation for a first-time felony or has a previous felony on record can face up to 10 years in prison for violating this law. 

The court has to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you were knowingly in possession of a firearm. They have to prove this with sufficient evidence. Only those who have been pardoned of a felony, or have been convicted of some non-violent crimes, are exempt from this charge.

Atlanta Criminal Defense Law Firm

If you or someone you know has been charged with a gun, weapon, or firearm charge you need to contact a criminal defense attorney. Without a defense attorney by your side you could face an uphill battle with little chance of winning. Our firm has experience dealing with the most difficult criminal charges. We’ve got the track record to prove our commitment to our clients and their defense. Contact us today to set up a consultation. 

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