For most Nevada residents, owning a gun is not a crime. Individuals may even be able to walk around with their gun as long as they have a valid concealed carry permit. However, commission of another crime while using a firearm can lead to increased penalties, and often land the defendant in federal court. Some individuals may be charged with a gun crime even if they never touched their firearm. In other cases, a suspect will be charged with a gun crime when they were not even in possession of the gun.
The penalties for gun crimes are very serious in Nevada. A conviction can result in mandatory minimum sentencing, and loss of your ability to purchase or own a firearm in the future. If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges for a gun-related crime, you need a Las Vegas attorney who understands what it means to fight for their clients.
Nevada State Gun Crimes
There are a number of Nevada statutes that involve prohibited activity in connection with the use or possession of a firearm. This includes possession of a firearm when under the influence of alcohol; carrying a concealed weapon without a permit; using a firearm during a burglary or armed robbery; or possession of a firearm in violation of a battery domestic violence order.
In general, use of a firearm during the commission of another crime will result in enhanced penalties. For example, a burglar who breaks into a house and steals jewelry could face jail time from 1 to 10 years. However, if the burglar was in possession of a firearm during the commission of the crime, they could be looking at 2 to 15 years in jail.
Federal Gun Crimes
Using a firearm in connection with a crime of violence or drug trafficking is a federal offense. A firearm does not have to be fired in these cases, simply flashing, pointing, or hitting someone with a gun can lead to enhanced penalties for violent crime or drug convictions.
A number of criminal charges may end up in federal court if they involve a firearm. This is because the courts generally consider gun crimes to fall within federal jurisdiction. Federal crimes are prosecuted in federal court, before a federal judge, and sentences are served in a federal penitentiary. If you are facing federal criminal charges, speak to your attorney as soon as you can to avoid a federal criminal record.
Legal Defenses to Gun Crimes
There may be many legal defenses available to fight your prosecution, depending on the facts involved. Your experienced Nevada criminal defense attorney will investigate your case, and identify all possible legal options. Possible defenses involve mistaken identity, demonstrating a lack of possession of the firearm, or unlawful search and seizure.
Las Vegas Gun Crimes Defense Attorney
Most gun crimes are felony offenses in Nevada, and a conviction can affect you for the rest of your life. If you or a loved one is facing state or federal gun charges, you need an experienced Las Vegas attorney to fight for you. Nadine Morton has over 13 years of experience defending individuals facing felony crimes in Las Vegas and throughout Clark County. She understands what it takes to build a strong case and fight to keep her clients out of jail so they can get back to their families, and live a normal life.