Weapons and Firearms

Weapons and Firearms

Defense for People Charged With Gun and Weapon Crimes

Have you been caught with an illegal weapon? Are you a convicted felon who has been caught with a firearm? Were you accused of another crime, to which a firearms or weapons charge was added? These are all serious matters. If convicted, you could face fines or prison time. I can defend you against these charges. My name is J. David Markham, Attorney at Law.

Working out of my office in Lakeport, I provide gun and weapons defense representation to people in that community, as well as Clearlake and the surrounding parts of Lake County and Mendocino County.

Carrying an Illegal Weapon and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon

If you have been caught with an illegal weapon, such as a billy club, a switchblade or brass knuckles, you may be surprised to find that you are faced with serious charges, even if you had no intention of using the weapon. The same is true for convicted felons, whose restricted status makes it illegal to possess firearms.

My defense strategy in these cases often starts with a look at the issue of illegal search and seizure. As a lawyer and a certified criminal law specialist, I am well aware of the many flaws that may exist in the case against you. If you were stopped in the street for no reason, or even if you were pulled over for speeding and your car was searched for no reason, I will seek dismissal of the charges. Police have rules to follow, and when they do not follow them, their charges are worthless.

Weapons and Firearms

Use of a Firearm to Commit a Crime

If a firearm was used in the commission of another crime, the penalty will be enhanced. Common charges that gun crimes may be associated with are:

  • Drug crimes
  • Assault and violent crimes
  • Sex crimes
  • Burglary and robbery

Through negotiation, I will seek to have the enhanced charge stripped. Then I will fight the underlying charge, striving to get you the best possible outcome in your criminal defense case.

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Drug Crimes

Drug Crimes

If you are caught with drugs in California, there are a significant number of charges you may face.

You can be charged with the crime of “possession for sale” just for having a certain amount of a drug, even if you had no intention of selling anything. If you are pulled over with drugs in your car, you can be charged with “transportation.” Other allegations like manufacturing and conspiracy can ensnare defendants in serious consequences.

Whether you have been charged with a crime involving illegal drugs like marijuana or meth or a prescription drug crime involving OxyContin®, Vicodin®, Xanax® or some other substance, contact me for a free consultation and personal attention from a local attorney familiar with the Lake County and Mendocino County courts.

Explore Your Defenses to Avoid Conviction

There are a number of ways to defend you against drug crime charges. There may be constitutional “search and seizure” issues with regard to how the police got their hands on the evidence. You may not have known there were drugs in your car, or there may be other situations where you are charged with possessing drugs that weren’t yours.

In California, there may be a medical marijuana defense if you have a valid recommendation from a medical doctor. However, the state continues to try to crack down on people with valid recommendations who have more than a certain amount of marijuana. You need a criminal defense lawyer who understands the defenses and will address every issue that could possibly help you avoid conviction.

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Personal Injury

Personal Injury

Representing Accident Victims

An accident resulting in serious injuries can cause extreme financial hardship. Medical bills can pile up. Often, accident victims are left unable to work temporarily or long term, making it difficult or impossible to pay bills and support a family.

A personal injury lawyer committed to helping people dealing with the most serious accident-related injuries. Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer following an accident can help you get through the tough physical, emotional and financial hardships you face. I invite you to contact my law offices to learn how I can help.

Personal Injury Representation

Individuals who have been injured in an accident caused by another person or party’s negligence may be eligible for significant compensation. From my law office, I represent individuals who have been injured in the following types of motor vehicle accidents:

  • Car accidents and truck accidents such as semis and 18-wheelers
  • Motorcycle accidents and those related to drunk driving
  • Pedestrian accidents including those related to hit-and-run accidents
  • Boating accidents and more

I also represent the families of victims of accidents resulting in a wrongful death. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident, I can help you understand your rights and legal options. Do not wait too long to speak to a personal injury attorney. The earlier you take action, the more options you may have for pursuing compensation for your loss.

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