Dangerous Weapons & Firearm Offenses in Minnesota
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The state of Minnesota and the federal government are tough on crimes involving
guns and dangerous weapons. If you or a loved one have been charged with
a weapons offense, or if a weapon enhancement has been added to another
charge, you need an experienced defense team capable of protecting your
rights, your freedom, and your future.
At Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A., our Minneapolis criminal defense
attorneys have the insight and resources needed to effectively challenge
the government’s case against you and pursue the best possible outcome
in your case. Here’s why:
- We have more than 100 years of combined experience
- Our lead attorneys draw from insight gained as former prosecutors
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Misdemeanor & Felony Weapons Charges
State and federal governments enforce a number of laws regulating firearms.
There are also many laws regulating dangerous weapons, which are defined
as any weapon capable of causing death or great bodily harm. Under Minnesota
law, explosives, fire, and combustible / flammable liquids are also considered
Depending on the facts and circumstances in a particular case – such
as the nature of the charge, the type of weapon involved, any history
of mental illness or substance abuse, and a defendant’s criminal
record – weapons crimes may be prosecuted as misdemeanors or felonies.
Our attorneys have the experience to handle all types of weapons charges
at both the state and federal level, including the following felonies:
- Recklessly handling a firearm or weapon
- Possession of a firearm by a prohibited person / felon
- Intentionally pointing a gun, loaded or unloaded, at someone
- Possession of brass knuckles or switchblades
- Possession of a machine gun or sawed-off shotgun
- Recklessly discharging a firearm in a municipality
- Possession or sale of silencers
- Possession of a gun in court or some government buildings
- Furnishing dangerous weapons / furnishing to minors
- Negligent storage of a loaded firearm
Gun Crime Enhancements
Individuals who possess, brandish, discharge a firearm, or injure others
using a firearm while committing another offense can be subject to weapons
enhancements. An enhancement is an additional term of imprisonment added
to the sentence for the underlying crime. Under Minnesota law, these enhancements
may be 1, 3, or 5 years, depending the facts of a case. Mandatory minimums in
frederal cases involving guns can result in very lengthy enhancements, including 5, 7,
10, and 30 year minimum sentences.
Dangerous weapon enhancements can apply to the following crimes, among others:
Trust a Proven Twin Cities Defense Firm
Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. has been protecting the rights of
clients across the Twin Cities and the state of Minnesota since 1983.
We understand weapons charges because our attorneys have years of experience
handling them. If you stand accused, reach out to our team at any time
to discuss your case and what we can do to help.
Consultations are FREE and confidential. Call (612) 444-5020.