Being convicted of a crime that involves the use of a firearm is a serious offense. However, it is not unthinkable that a law enforcement officer would mistakenly believe a weapon was used in a crime when it wasn't. If this type of situation happens, a defendant who is convicted could face far more severe penalties that they would if they had faced a simple assault charge.
What can a defendant do in this type of situation? Getting more information about planning a criminal defense strategy right away could make a positive difference when facing any type of criminal charges, especially weapons charges. Understandably, prosecutors take weapons charges very seriously. However, mistakes can be made during an investigation, or authorities may act beyond their roles or even the law. A defendant can benefit from not assuming anything about their own case.
The right criminal defense approach can aid a defendant who is facing weapons charges. A defendant may be able to get charges dropped in their case, or be convicted of a misdemeanor instead of a felony. It is important to know the ins and outs of plea negotiations and bringing the case to a conclusion that avoids harsh penalties, such as jail time.
At our law firm we do our best to help clients facing serious charges such as robbery, assault or murder. We are prepared to defend those accused of using a weapon during a felony. We also defend those accused of domestic violence, DUI and many other types of criminal charges.