Gun crimes and other offenses involving weapons are taken seriously in Michigan. If you have been charged with any of these types of crimes, it is critical to act quickly. You should make sure to reach out to a capable Detroit gun crime attorney. With over 20 years of experience in this area, I understand how to defend Michigan residents who are facing these types of charges. I recognize how daunting it is for most people to go through the criminal justice system, and I am committed to helping you understand your options and fighting for your rights at every step of the process. At the Law Offices of Jonathan Jones, we provide services that are tailored to each client’s personal situation. You will always interact directly with a criminal defense attorney, and you can reach me by phone or text whenever you need my assistance.Fighting Charges of Weapons Offenses in Michigan
I represent defendants in all types of weapons-related charges, including:
- Felony firearm possession;
- Carrying an unlicensed firearm;
- Carrying a concealed weapon;
- Unlawful discharge of a firearm;
- Unlawful sale of a weapon;
- Assault with a deadly weapon; or
- Possession of illegal firearms or accessories.
In some situations, there may be aggravating factors attached to the charges, such as if the weapon was used in committing a drug crime. These may result in enhanced penalties. Any conviction of a gun crime may have a serious impact on a defendant’s employment and social prospects, as well as on their right to carry a firearm in the future. No matter whether the charge is a felony or a misdemeanor, or whether it is brought in state or federal court, the prosecution must prove each element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. A skilled criminal defense attorney can identify the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case against you and invoke any procedural protections that may apply.
If you are being taken into custody under suspicion of having committed a gun crime, for example, you must be read your Miranda rights before interrogation. This means that the police are required to tell you that you have the right to remain silent, anything that you say may be used against you, and you have the right to an attorney. The Miranda rights are based on constitutional protections in the Fifth and Sixth Amendments. Violations of these rights or of the other constitutional protections granted to criminal defendants likely will result in the dismissal or reduction of the charges against a defendant. Determining the situations in which each of these protections may apply is often not a straightforward task, so you should enlist a criminal defense attorney who can investigate the situation and guide you through the process.
If you are not read your Miranda rights when it would be appropriate, for example, your attorney may argue that anything that you said during that period should not be admissible in court to prove your guilt. The prosecution may be relying on an admission or other statements to meet its burden of proof, so it may not be able to sustain a charge without that evidence. A similar rule applies to tangible items of evidence, such as the gun itself, if they were improperly seized in violation of the Fourth Amendment restrictions on searches and seizures.Discuss a Gun Crime Case with a Detroit Attorney
If you or someone close to you has been charged with a weapons offense, you should not hesitate to speak with a Detroit gun crime lawyer. You can be assured that I will work vigilantly to protect your rights against the prosecution. At the Law Offices of Jonathan Jones, we represent people throughout Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne Counties, as well as in the surrounding areas. To learn more, do not hesitate to call or text me at (248) 310-3399, or you can contact us online for a free consultation. I am also available to assist people who need a drug crime lawyer or representation in fighting a wide range of other felony and misdemeanor charges.