Gun Charges and Mandatory Minimums
If you’ve been charged with an offense and the state alleges that you used a firearm in the commission of that offense, you will be subjected to mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines. For a first-time offense, you could end up going to prison for five years, day-for-day with no reduction of sentence. For a second-time offense, that doubles to 10 years.
The severity of sentencing for these types of crimes is obviously deadly serious, so it is absolutely critical to partner with an attorney who will look at all circumstances of the offense and make the prosecution prove beyond any reasonable doubt that a firearm was actually used.
Portland Criminal Defense Lawyer Working For You
I’m able to take my creative approach honed in more than 15 years of criminal defense practice to undertake the deep investigation to comprehensively understand your case. There are a number of questions that need to be answered in the case of an offense involving a firearm:
- Did you take the gun out?
- Did you brandish it?
- Did you use it as specifically intended (discharge the weapon)?
If, for instance, you hit someone with the butt of your gun, there is an argument to be made that the gun was not actually used in the course of the offense.
Felony and Possession of a Firearm
If you are dealing with gun possession issues due to a felony conviction, I can work with those logistics and investigate options for a best possible outcome, including an expungement.