As an American, you treasure your personal freedom, including the right to have weapons in your home or car, lawfully possessed for use for self-defense or hunting. However, if you are convicted of a gun crime in Arizona, you could lose these rights. With over 20 years of criminal defense experience, Tucson attorney Janet Altschuler knows what you have on the line after a gun crime or concealed weapons charge, and she knows what to do to protect your rights.
Many crimes in Arizona include harsher penalties if the crime involves the use of a firearm, including:
Aggravated assault: Simply using a gun for intimidation, such as pointing a gun at a driver out of road rage, could result in serious prison time.
Misdemeanor domestic violence: A conviction will result in the loss of gun possession rights and could result in a felony conviction if you are subsequently caught with a gun.
What Does the Loss of Gun Rights Mean for You?
Losing your gun rights after a criminal conviction will affect you in a number of ways. You cannot go hunting. You cannot become a police officer or continue to be a police officer. No military branches will accept you or keep you if you lose your right to possess a gun.
There are numerous issues to consider regarding any crime involving a gun, including (but not limited to) the following:
- Prior Felony Convictions
- Number of Victims
- Drug/Gang Related
- Type of Firearm (i.e. automatic weapon)
- Whether Death or Serious Injury was a Result