Gun Charges Will Enhance Criminal Sentences In Virginia

by J.D. Garrett on October 20, 2012

When someone is charged with gun charges, they are facing significant penalties not only for the main charge, but additionally for the firearm charge itself. By example, the difference in sentencing for a robbery conviction and an armed robbery conviction can be three to six years in prison. For a burglary charge, the difference can be between a maximum twenty year sentence without a firearm or life in prison with a firearm.

It is also important to realize that someone may be prosecuted for gun charges even if they did not possess a firearm, but someone else with them did. They may be prosecuted for this charge even if they did not know the other person had a firearm.

Besides felony charges, many misdemeanor charges have enhanced punishments when involving firearms as well. A public intoxication charge, which is of the lowest classification of misdemeanors (Class 4), carries a maximum penalty of $250. If that same person is in the possession of a firearm, that charge is elevated to the highest classification (Class 1) and carries a maximum penalty of $2500 and up to one year in jail. In addition, there is a high likelihood the court would order a forfeiture of the firearm.

If you or someone you know has been charged with gun charges, it is important to seek legal counsel from an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Under certain circumstances, the charges may get reduced or dropped altogether.

Contact Garrett Law Group, PLC at (757) 422-4646 to speak with a Virginia Beach criminal defense lawyer. Our attorneys are available to speak with you 24/7/365.

Relevant Virginia Statute: § 18.2-53.1

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