Gun Charges Lawyer

Gun charges require a strong defense and carry the potential for severe penalties like fines, imprisonment, and a criminal record that can impact your future.

Baldwin Law is ready to provide rigorous defense services for those accused of gun-related offenses in Upstate South Carolina. We carefully assess each case to build a strong defense strategy to reduce your charges or achieve an acquittal.

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Gun Charges We Handle

At Baldwin Law, we provide outstanding representation to people accused of gun crimes in Greenville, Easley, Spartanburg, Laurens, Pickens, Liberty, Anderson, Oconee, and Seneca. Common gun charges we handle include unlawful carry, unlawful possession, and possession during a violent crime.

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Unlawful Carry

As of March 7, 2024, South Carolina changed the law to allow concealed and open carry by lawful gun owners without a permit. However, firearms are forbidden in some locations such as schools and businesses where the owner has posted a “No Concealable Weapons Allowed” sign.

An unlawful carry charge can have immediate and lasting consequences, including the potential loss of your right to own or carry a firearm or even your freedom.

Our team at Baldwin Law delves into the specifics of your case, such as the circumstances surrounding your arrest and the legality of the search that led to the discovery of the weapon. Our goal is to challenge the prosecution’s case effectively and protect your rights.


Unlawful Possession

Unlawful possession charges can be complex, often entangling federal and state laws. Here are some examples of charges and penalties: 

  • Possession of a stolen firearm: Up to five years and a fine of up to $5,000 (Section 16-23-300).
  • Possessing a firearm with a prior conviction for a violent felony: Up to 5 years imprisonment. (S.C. Code § 16-23-500)
  • Possession of prohibited weapons (sawed-off shotguns, machine guns): Up to 10 years in prison. (S.C. Code § 16-23-105)

In many instances, illegal possession is a felony with harsh consequences. Seeking skilled legal representation is vital to protecting your rights and future.

Baldwin Law takes a comprehensive approach to your defense, evaluating all relevant laws and regulations that may apply to your case. We scrutinize the conditions under which the weapon was found and question whether your rights were violated during the arrest, aiming to either dismiss the charges or negotiate a lighter sentence.

 

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Possession During a Violent Crime

Facing charges for possessing a firearm during a violent crime adds another layer of complexity and severity to your case. Displaying or having a gun during a violent crime adds five years to the sentence for that offense.

Baldwin Law understands the gravity of these charges and the importance of mounting a robust defense. We investigate every aspect, from the allegations of violence to the manner in which the weapon was allegedly involved, to build a defense strategy tailored to the specifics of your case and preserve your freedom.


How a Gun Charges Lawyer Can Help

A gun charges lawyer plays a crucial role in defending individuals accused of gun-related offenses in South Carolina. Here’s how they can help.

Legal Expertise

A gun charges lawyer possesses specialized knowledge and expertise in South Carolina’s firearms laws, including statutes, regulations, and precedents. They understand the nuances of these laws and how they apply to different situations, enabling them to provide effective legal representation.

Case Assessment

The lawyer will thoroughly assess the details of the case, including the circumstances of the alleged offense, the evidence against the defendant, and any potential defenses. This comprehensive analysis allows them to develop a strategic defense strategy tailored to the specific needs of their clients.

Defense Strategy

Based on their assessment, the lawyer will devise a defense strategy aimed at achieving the best possible outcome for your case. This may involve challenging the legality of the search or seizure that led to the discovery of the firearm, contesting the admissibility of evidence, or arguing for the application of legal exceptions or defenses.

Negotiation Skills

In cases where a plea bargain or settlement is possible, the lawyer will negotiate with prosecutors to secure a favorable resolution for their client. This may involve reducing charges, minimizing penalties, or seeking alternative sentencing options.

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Courtroom Representation

If the case goes to trial, the lawyer will vigorously advocate for your rights and interests in court. They will present evidence, cross-examine witnesses, and make persuasive legal arguments to challenge the prosecution’s case.

Sentencing Advocacy

In the event of a conviction, the lawyer will advocate for leniency during sentencing proceedings. They may present mitigating factors, such as the defendant’s lack of prior criminal history, remorse, or rehabilitation efforts, to argue for a reduced sentence or alternative sentencing options.

Overall, a gun charges lawyer provides invaluable assistance and support to individuals facing gun-related offenses in South Carolina, guiding them through the complexities of the legal system and advocating fiercely for their rights and interests at every stage of the process.

Why Choose Us for Gun Crime Defense?

When facing gun charges in South Carolina, choosing the right legal representation can make all the difference. Here’s why you should choose our team at Baldwin Law to advocate for you.

Expertise in South Carolina Gun Laws

Our team at Baldwin Law has a deep understanding of South Carolina’s complex firearm statutes and regulations. We stay up-to-date on any changes in the law to provide the most effective defense strategies for our clients.

Tailored Defense Strategies

We recognize that every case is unique, and we take the time to understand the specific circumstances surrounding your gun charges. Whether you’re facing charges for illegal possession or having a firearm during a violent crime, we develop personalized defense strategies to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome.

Aggressive Advocacy

Gun charges can carry severe penalties, including fines, probation, and even imprisonment. At Baldwin Law, we are committed to aggressively advocating for our clients’ interests both inside and outside the courtroom. We fight tirelessly to challenge the prosecution’s evidence, negotiate plea bargains when appropriate, and vigorously defend our clients at trial.

Compassionate Support

We understand the stress and uncertainty that come with facing gun charges, and we’re here to provide compassionate support every step of the way. Our team works closely with clients to answer their questions, address their concerns, and guide them through the legal process with confidence and peace of mind.

When your future is on the line, trust Baldwin Law to provide the dedicated legal representation you need to navigate the complexities of gun charges in South Carolina. Contact us today for a confidential consultation to discuss your case and learn how we can help protect your rights and freedom.

Contact Baldwin Law Today!

Gun crimes in South Carolina carry the potential for severe penalties like fines, imprisonment, and a lasting criminal record. Having a skilled attorney on your side is critical.

If you are accused of a gun-related offense, Baldwin Law is prepared to offer the comprehensive, empathetic legal representation you need. We protect the rights of clients in Greenville, Easley, Spartanburg, Laurens, Pickens, Liberty, Anderson, Oconee, and Seneca.

Contact us today at 864-630-8503 to discuss your case and explore your defense options for any gun charges you may be facing.

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