At Nate Amendola Defense, our Massachusetts gun crimes defense lawyers are skilled, experienced, and formidable advocates for clients. We pride ourselves on being your first and last call. Police and prosecutors tend to be especially aggressive in firearms cases. If you or your family member were arrested for any type of gun-related criminal offense, we are more than ready to help. To set up a strictly confidential, no-commitment initial consultation with a top Massachusetts criminal defense attorney, please do not hesitate to contact us today.
Understand Firearm Laws in Massachusetts
The Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear arms. This right, however, is subject to reasonable government regulation. Massachusetts has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. Some charges have mandatory minimum sentences, and the laws are very complicated. The most important thing to understand is that Massachusetts makes it a crime to possess a gun, feeding device, or ammunition without a proper license or legal exemption. In Massachusetts, a License to Carry (LTC) is required.
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Common Firearms Offenses in Massachusetts
- Carrying a Loaded Firearm w/out a License § 10(n)
- Carrying a Firearm w/out a License §10(a)
- Carrying a Firearm While Under the Influence 269, §10H
- Possession of a Firearm w/out a License §10(h)
- Possession of Large-Capacity Firearm §10(m)
- Possession of Large-Capacity Feeding Device §10(m)
- Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime 265 §18B
- Possession of a Machine Gun
- Improper Firearm Storage §131L(a)&(b)
- Improper Storage Near Minor, Rifle/Shotgun 140 §131L
- Possession of Ammunition w/out a License §10(h)(1)
- Possession of a Firearm While Intoxicated c269 §10H
- Possession of a Firearm w/ an Expired License
- Possession of a Firearm in Prohibited Areas
- Airport- Logan International Airport
- Unlicensed Sell/Possession Assault Weapon c140 §131M
- Firearm surrender order, violate c209A §3C
A Firearms Case May Also Lead to Federal Criminal Charges
There are also a wide range of different federal laws in place regulating firearms. Federal law imposes strict penalties for firearms offenses, including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, trafficking in firearms across state lines, providing false information on federal firearms forms, and using a firearm during the commission of a federal crime. If you or a loved one is facing a federal charge for a firearms offense, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced defense lawyer.
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs: Gun Crimes Charges in Massachusetts
Can I Own a Firearm in Massachusetts if I have a Criminal Record?
It depends – each town has their own procedures and policies on who they will issue LTCs to. Many towns have what are considered “automatic disqualifier crimes” where if you are found guilty of one of those crimes you will not be allowed to receive an LTC. Check with your local police department to see which crimes are considered disqualifiers.
Can I Challenge the Legality of a Search that led to the Discovery of a Firearm?
Yes – if the police do not have a warrant to search the location where the firearm is discovered there may be grounds for suppression. Without a warrant, police need probable cause to believe that there are weapons or “contraband” in the place they are searching (typically a vehicle). Probable cause is based on the circumstances surrounding the search, and our expert team of lawyers are experienced in navigating the complexities of warrantless search and seizures.
Can I Have a Firearm in my Vehicle in Massachusetts?
The short answer is that it depends – individuals with a valid LTC may carry a firearm in their vehicle when it is under their “direct control” (meaning you can’t just throw it in the trunk.) Leaving a firearm unsecured in your vehicle is a crime however if it is not “properly stored and secured”.
How Massachusetts Lawyer Nate Amendola Can Help
Massachusetts has some of the strictest, most comprehensive firearms laws in the country. Many gun crimes are charged as felonies. A conviction could cost you, your freedom because some firearms charges have mandatory jail time . Our owner and lead criminal defense lawyer Nate Amendola is committed to personalized, results-focused legal representation. We are here to be your first call and your last call. When you reach out to our law firm, you will have an opportunity to consult with a Massachusetts firearms defense attorney who can:
- Conduct a comprehensive review of the criminal charges;
- Investigate the allegations, gathering evidence;
- Represent you before police and prosecutors; and
- Develop a personalized defense strategy designed to get you the best outcome.
Have You Been Arrested For A Gun Crime in Massachusetts?
At Nate Amendola Defense, our Massachusetts gun crimes defense lawyers are standing by, ready to protect your rights. If you’ve been arrested on a gun charge, domestic violence, or assault, you should speak to an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible. Be proactive. You can contact us online or call our office directly at 781-650-3177 to schedule your free consultation with one of our top-notch defense lawyers. With a law office in Norwell, we handle firearms charges throughout Massachusetts.
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