The laws have changed, a person with a prior misdemeanor conviction may now be prosecuted for possession of a handgun. Additionally handgun offenses may be brought against store owners who carry a concealed handgun in self defense, as well as people who carry weapons in the commission of crime. Carrying or transporting a handgun without a license can be a serious charge no matter who you are or why you were carrying it. At the Law Offices of Joel C. Denning, Attorney at Law, I have more than 25 years of experience defending people accused of weapons offenses in Maryland. I offer a free initial consultation by telephone or at any of my four convenient office locations in Essex and Towson.
Consequences of Carrying a Handgun
In Maryland, it is legal to have a handgun in your home but, not always! And unlike other states, if you take the gun outside of your home, it must be registered and you need a permit to carry it. You can be charged with a handgun offense even if you carry a gun in the trunk of your car. If you are a first-time offender and were not using the gun for a criminal purpose, I can seek to resolve the charges with probation. In some cases, Maryland offers probation before judgment, which would enable you to avoid a criminal record if you complete probation successfully. If you are accused of carrying a gun in the commission of a crime, the consequences are much higher. In Maryland, the minimum penalty for having a handgun in your possession while committing a crime is five years without parole.
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If you face handgun charges in Maryland, help is just a phone call away. Call me, Joel C. Denning, Attorney at Law. (410) 491-0227.