Utah residents get charged with weapons-related crimes every day. Many charges stem from an arrest or traffic stop for an unrelated matter, such as speeding or a broken tail light.
Regardless of the circumstances under which charges are filed, the bottom line for the defendant is the same: serious criminal penalties, which can include years in prison, thousands of dollars in fines, probation, and loss of gun privileges. Additionally, any other crime that you have been charged with becomes much more serious when there are additional gun charges included.
If you or one of your family members was charged with a gun crime in Utah, skilled legal representation by an experienced defense attorney is essential. To set up a free legal consultation, call the law offices of Overson & Sheen at (801) 895-3143 right away.
Were You Arrested for Gun Possession or Other Weapons Crimes in Salt Lake City?
It is critically important that you seek legal help immediately if you or one of your loved ones was arrested for a weapons crime in Utah. A conviction could damage your career, deprive you of your rights, create financial hardship, and take away your freedom.
Utah criminal lawyer Darwin Overson has more than 16 years of experience defending thousands of clients against many types of weapons charges in Utah, such as:
- Altering Markings on a Pistol or Revolver – Utah Code § 76-10-522
- Carrying a Concealed Firearm – Utah Code § 76-10-504
- Carrying a Dangerous Weapon While Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol – Utah Code § 76-10-528
- Carrying a Loaded Firearm in a Vehicle – Utah Code § 76-10-505
- Carrying a Loaded Firearm on the Street – Utah Code § 76-10-505
- Discharge of Firearm from a Vehicle – Utah Code § 76-10-508
- Felony Discharge of a Firearm – Utah Code § 76-10-508.1
- Possession of a Dangerous Weapon at an Airport – Utah Code § 76-10-529
- Possession of a Dangerous Weapon by a Minor – Utah Code § 76-10-509
- Possession of a Deadly Weapon with Criminal Intent – Utah Code § 76-10-507
- Possession of a Weapon on School Property – Utah Code § 76-10-505.5
- Possession of Firearms by Restricted Persons – Utah Code § 76-10-503
- Providing Firearms to a Violent Minor – Utah Code § 76-10-509.6
- Providing Weapons to a Minor – Utah Code § 76-10-509.5
- Sale of Firearms to a Juvenile – Utah Code § 76-10-509.9
- Unlawful Marking of a Pistol or Revolver – Utah Code § 76-10-521
- Using a Dangerous Weapon – Utah Code § 76-10-506
Darwin handles weapons crimes involving a wide array of guns, gun accessories, knives, and other dangerous and deadly weapons, including:
- Assault Rifles
- Concealed Weapons
- Explosive Devices
- Fully Automatic Firearms
- Machine Guns
- Modified Weapons
- Semi-Automatic Weapons
- Sawed-Off Shotguns
Darwin understands the critical importance of taking an aggressive, proactive approach to these serious charges. He will get started immediately in preparing the defense of your case while protecting your legal rights, guiding you through Utah’s criminal court system, and fighting to have your charges dropped or dismissed.
Utah Criminal Penalties for Felony and Misdemeanor Offenses
There are two types of criminal offenses in Utah: misdemeanors, which are lesser offenses, and felonies, which are the most serious types of crimes. Misdemeanors are divided into three categories called Class C, Class B, and Class A misdemeanors. Felonies are also divided into three categories, known as third degree felonies, second degree felonies, and first degree felonies.
Weapons crimes in Utah, and violent crimes involving the use of weapons, can range anywhere from Class C misdemeanors to first degree felonies. Many offenses have the potential to be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the details of the alleged offense. A skilled gun crimes attorney may be able to have the charge reduced to a lesser offense, or to have the sentence reduced.
The consequences a defendant will face depend upon the way the crime is categorized, and the presence of aggravating or mitigating factors. Criminal penalties in Utah are listed below by type and class:
- Class C Misdemeanors
- Jail Sentence – Up to 90 days
- Fine – Up to $750
- Class B Misdemeanors
- Jail Sentence – Up to 6 months
- Fine – Up to $1,000
- Class A Misdemeanors
- Jail Sentence – Up to 1 year
- Fine – Up to $2,500
- Third Degree Felonies
- Prison Sentence – Up to 5 years
- Fine – Up to $5,000
- Second Degree Felonies
- Prison Sentence – 1 to 15 years
- Fine – Up to $10,000
- First Degree Felonies
- Prison Sentence – 5 years to life
- Fine – Up to $10,000
Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney in Utah for a Free Consultation
During his 16 years practicing criminal law, Salt Lake City gun crime attorney Darwin Overson has earned a reputation as an innovative and aggressive opponent in the courtroom. Darwin will challenge the circumstances surrounding your arrest, such as probable cause and unlawful search and seizure, while working tirelessly to have the charges against you reduced or dismissed. Darwin is a trial-hardened criminal attorney who is more than prepared to go to court to defend your rights to the fullest extent. His goal is to see your case resolved with minimal negative consequences.
Though based in Salt Lake City, Darwin represents adult and juvenile defendants throughout the state of Utah, including Summit County, Tooele County, Box Elder County, Utah County, Wasatch County, Morgan County, Davis County, Weber County, and more. He is available to make county jail and holding center visits if your loved one is in custody.
Don’t wait to begin reviewing your legal options with a knowledgeable defense lawyer if you or a loved one was arrested for possession of a firearm or other gun offenses in Utah. Call the law offices of Overson & Sheen at (801) 895-3143 to schedule a free legal consultation.