Firearms or Guns, are a very hot political topic and the presence of them in the commission of a crime can have serious legal significance. Furthermore, the presence or possession of a firearm no matter what the purpose or use could be a crime in and of itself. Due to the extreme force and effect a gun can have on a situation the Utah legislature has made guns a very sensitive legal subject. In a number of violent crimes, if a gun is used in the commission of the crime it will elevate the underlying crime to an aggravated version of the offense which carries heavier penalties. For example, an assault charge which is usually a misdemeanor offense can be elevated to an aggravated assault, which is a felony, if a gun is used, which constitutes a dangerous weapon.
Types of Gun Crimes in Utah
Along with the aggravated factor of a gun in the commission of a crime, just having a gun in your possession could possibly be a crime as well. The most common gun crimes are:
These offenses can cause serious consequences depending on your status as a felon or by how you use the gun, so it is important to know your rights in connection with carrying a firearm and what you can and cannot do with it.
Ogden Gun Crimes Attorney | Serving all of Northern Utah
The lawyers at Ogden Criminal Defense serve all parts of Northern Utah, including Layton, Kaysville, Cache County, and the entire Weber area; and they are experienced in the criminal defense of gun crimes. If you are facing gun crime charges then you need to make sure and hire an attorney as soon as possible to try and protect your rights and keep you from facing penalties higher than you need to suffer for your mistake. Call or email us today to find out more.