Weapon crimes come in a variety of forms on the state and federal level. On a state level, a firearm specification can be attached to virtually any type of crime. A weapon can add 1, 3, 5, 6, or 7 years on to what would normally be an offense require probation. The weapon itself may carry its own special charge and count. On the federal level, you could end up in federal prison for a significant amount of time depending on your specific situation.
As former prosecutors, we can tell you how seriously and aggressively, the government takes weapon crimes and the charges that come with them. Our clients face weapons charges in both state and federal Court.
In state offenses, the use of a weapon can add years, and even decades, worth of prison time. For instance, if you are accused of drug trafficking cocaine but you have a firearm on you, the police can try to add on three additional years that are not probationable to your case. If you're accused of firing at someone from a vehicle, you could be looking at an additional 8 years. There are other scenarios but the time quickly adds up.
At Patituce & Associates, our criminal lawyers represent people charged with weapons crimes at both the state and federal court levels in multiple states. We understand that clients charged with weapons crimes face a tough fight; however, as we are all former Cuyahoga County prosecutors, we are ready to take on that fight.
A good Cleveland criminal defense lawyer can be the difference between a conviction and freedom. Therefore, it is important to make sure you are going with a team of attorneys-not just one-who has the training, skill, and experience to protect you. We always recommend our clients look around when picking a firm; use the Internet to look into the background of the attorney that you are talking to. A lot of attorneys might sound really great, have a flashy website, or even make outlandish promises-but you cannot hide anything on the internet these days.
At the end of the day, you need to hire an attorney. Call (440) 709-8088 for a pressure-free, no-obligation consultation. Ask to speak to us about your case. We handle weapons related charges!