Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (VUFA)
The right to possess a firearm is the most scrutinized constitutional right in our country. This right has become under attack as the media continues to highlight isolated events of gun violence. As a consequence, your ability to possess a firearm have been reduced to limited exceptions governed by state and federal laws. If you don't these exceptions, you'll be charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. If you or a loved are in such a situation already, you should hire a Tacoma attorney to defend against your unlawful possession of firearm charge as soon as possible because you could easily face prison time.
Police officers want to show to people that they fight against crimes involving firearms and keep the community safe. That's why people in your situation always face a serious risk of being punished severely for possessing a firearm. However, too many innocent people are swept up in this web and face punishment that is disproportionate to their actions.
What is an Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the State of Washington?
The State of Washington criminalizes to two forms of possession of a firearm: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the Second Degree (also known as the Violation of the Uniform Firearms Act). A person can face these charges either by having actual possession of a firearm (i.e. carrying the firearm on their person) or being near a firearm (i.e. having a firearm in your car or residence).
You commit the crime in the first degree if you own, possess, or control a firearm after being previously convicted or found not guilty due to the insanity of any crime of violence, child molestation, promoting prostitution, leading organized crime, vehicular assault, shooting, rape, death-causing felony, or others. Unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree involves owning, possession, or controlling a firearm after being previously convicted or found not guilty due to the insanity, domestic violence related assaults, stalking, or other crimes, or during any time while you are subject of a court order.
Call a Washington Attorney for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
If you are facing a unlawful possession of a firearm charge, you must move in a calculated fashion and position yourself for the best defense. In the best-case scenario, you could prove that you possessed the weapon legally by presenting a valid permit. in limited circumstances, you may be able to show that you were unaware of the firearm and escape criminal charges. Either way, you should contact a criminal defense attorney at The Curtis Firm, where we can develop a proven strategy defend your rights.
If you need help with a charge for unlawful possession of a firearm in Washington, call us at (253) 878-2982. We have defended people like you in the past and we can help you as well. Our initial consultation is free.
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