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.
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.