Gun Lawyer in Fort Collins, Colorado
The uncertainty of a weapon charge, the potential consequences, and the complexity of the legal process can make this time incredibly stressful. It can make you feel like you're in over your head. But remember, you have options to fight for your rights.
We are The Leier Law Office LLC, a leading law firm based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Our reach extends throughout Loveland, Greeley, Windsor, and Evans. Our team, led by attorney Kent J. Leier, is committed to standing by your side, providing you with the guidance and representation you need during this challenging time.
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Understanding Colorado Gun Laws
According to Statista, in 2023, about 42 percent of U.S. households had at least one gun in their possession. When owning a firearm, it’s important to understand and comply with the laws. In Colorado, gun laws are intricate and multifaceted. Here's what you need to know:
Carrying Firearms in Vehicles: Under Title 18 of the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.), it's legal for a person to carry a firearm in a vehicle if it's used for lawful protection of such person or another's person or property [C.R.S. 18-12-105(2)]. This means you can have a firearm in your car, as long as it's for legitimate protective purposes.
Possession of Handguns: Colorado law permits a person to possess a handgun in a dwelling, place of business, or automobile. However, when you bring the weapon into your home, business, hotel room, etc., it must be in plain view [C.R.S. 18-12-105.6]. This law safeguards your right to protect your property while ensuring the safety of others.
Firearms and Wildlife Laws: In accordance with Colorado wildlife laws, including C.R.S. 33-6-125, you may carry a weapon in your vehicle. But it's unlawful to possess or control any firearm, other than a pistol or revolver, in or on any motor vehicle unless the chamber of such firearm is unloaded. For muzzle-loaders, they are considered unloaded if not primed.
Firearms in National Forests and Parks: When visiting National Forests in Colorado, you're allowed to carry a weapon, but you must comply with Federal Regulations pertaining to firearm use on National Forest System lands. Discharging a firearm may be restricted in certain areas, and some forests or districts may have additional restrictions [36 CFR 261.10 (d)]. Similarly, in any national park in Colorado, state laws apply. However, 18 USC 930 prohibits firearms or other dangerous weapons within a "Federal facility," which includes certain facilities in national parks.
Concealed Carry Permits: A permit to carry a concealed weapon can be obtained through the Sheriff of the county in which you live [C.R.S. 18-12-203].
Penalties for Weapon/Gun Charges
Weapon and gun charges carry serious consequences that can have long-lasting effects on your life. It's essential to understand these penalties so you can prepare yourself for what lies ahead.
The following are potential penalties you could face if convicted of weapon or gun charges in Colorado:
Misdemeanor Charges: These are less severe than felony charges but can still lead to significant consequences. A Class 1 misdemeanor can result in up to 364 days in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000. For Class 2 misdemeanors, you could face up to 120 days in jail and a maximum fine of $750.
Felony Charges: Felonies are more serious and come with stiffer penalties. A Class 5 felony, for instance, can lead to one to three years in prison and fines ranging up to $100,000. A Class 4 felony can result in two to six years in prison and fines up to$500,000.
Probation: In some cases, you may be sentenced to probation instead of, or in addition to, jail time. Probation comes with its own set of rules and restrictions that you must adhere to.
Loss of Gun Rights: A conviction could result in the loss of your right to own or possess firearms. This is a significant consequence for many individuals, particularly those who value their Second Amendment rights.
These penalties can vary based on a number of factors, including the specific charges, your criminal history, and the circumstances surrounding the offense. Contact a seasoned criminal defense attorney who can assess your situation.
Possible Defenses for Weapon Charges
Facing weapon charges in Colorado can be daunting, but you have options to seek justice. At The Leier Law Office LLC, we're committed to providing you with a robust defense strategy tailored to your specific circumstances. Here are some possible defenses we may consider when building yours:
Possession in Dwelling, Business, or Automobile
Compliance with State and Federal Regulations
Valid Concealed Carry Permit
Law Enforcement Officer Exemption
Challenging Evidence or Search Warrants
Asserting Violations of Rights
Gun Lawyer Serving Fort Collins, Colorado
Facing weapon or gun charges in Colorado doesn't have to be a lonely journey. At The Leier Law Office LLC, we're here to stand with you, guide you, and fight for your rights every step of the way. Trust us to navigate the complexities of Colorado's gun laws and provide you with the representation you need during this challenging time.