Weapons crimes are not something the state of Connecticut handles lightly. Most weapons charges are felonies, accompanied with substantial fines and lengthy prison terms if you are convicted. Below are some of the penalties you may face for various weapons crimes.
Carrying a Dangerous Weapon
Not all weapons are legal to carry, of course. If you are found carrying a BB gun, metal knuckles, police baton, switchblade, or an electronic defense weapon, for example, you may risk a three-year prison sentence and a fine of up to $500, along with a felony conviction on your record.
Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm
Intentionally, negligently, or carelessly discharging a firearm in a way that may likely cause injury to someone or destroy property is considered a felony. You may potentially serve up to three years in prison and pay a fine of $250.
Carrying a Firearm While Under the Influence
If you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you cannot carry a loaded firearm or hunt. Carrying a loaded firearm will result in a misdemeanor charge, with the potential of up to six months in jail and $1,000 in fines. If you are hunting while under the influence, the penalty is steeper, including one year of prison time and fines as high as $2,000.
Commission of a Felony While in Possession of a Firearm or Assault Weapon
Carrying a firearm when committing a Class A, B, or C felony may result in a five-year prison sentence. However, if you are carrying an assault weapon, your prison term may be as long as eight years.
Weapon Crime Attorneys in Connecticut
With 20+ years of combined experience, the criminal defense attorneys at The Sills Law Firm are equipped with the in-depth knowledge required for thoroughly handling a weapons crime case. Our goal is to help you avoid having your permits taken away, in addition to negotiating alternatives conviction and jail time.