Firearms Lawyer Fighting Gun Charges in Indiana
While the state of Indiana honors its residents’ Second Amendment right to bear arms, it is permitted to place reasonable restrictions on this constitutional right. This includes limiting the possession and use of firearms. The Indiana General Assembly has codified a variety of gun offenses, such as possession of a firearm by a felon. Most gun charges are felonies that may lead to prison sentences, large fines, and further restrictions. If you believe you were wrongly charged with a gun offense, Eskew Law LLC can assist you with dissecting your case, conducting an independent investigation, and pleading your case to the prosecutor, judge, and jury.
The Indianapolis criminal defense lawyers at Eskew Law LLC have years of experience providing clients with a unique style of representation. Unlike other law firms that focus on overbilling clients for little work, we put your priorities first. We develop close relationships with our clients and get to know them personally. This allows us to better understand how to customize representation to fit their goals and best interests. If you were arrested for a gun charge in Indiana, immediately call Eskew Law LLC at (317) 974-0177 to find out how an aggressive Indianapolis gun crimes lawyer can help you defend your case.
Types of Gun Offenses
Title 35 Article 47 of the Indiana Code defines various weapons offenses, including gun crimes. Some of these include:
- Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon: A serious violent felon is an individual who either committed, attempted to commit, or conspired to commit a serious violent felony such as murder, aggravated battery, or rape. A serious violent felon who intentionally or knowingly possesses a firearm has committed a Level 4 felony.
- Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number: An individual who either alters or removes the serial number, make or model of a firearm, or possesses such a weapon has committed a Level 5 felony.
- Possession of a Handgun without a License: In many situations, it is illegal to carry a handgun either on your body or in your car without being licensed to carry. Unlawful possession of an unlicensed handgun is a Class A misdemeanor but can be bumped up to a Level 5 felony if the accused has a prior conviction for the same offense or another felony.
- Pointing a Firearm: A non-police officer who intentionally or knowingly points a firearm at another has committed a Level 6 felony.
- Criminal Recklessness: Criminal recklessness, defined in Section 35-42-2-2 of the Indiana Code, is a form of battery. It involves knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly using a firearm in a manner that creates a substantial risk of bodily harm to another, such as shooting through someone’s door. Criminal recklessness is a Level 5 felony when the firearm is discharged.
- Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon: 2 to 12 years in state prison, 6 years advised.
- Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number: 1 to 6 years in state prison, 3 years advised.
- Carrying a Handgun without a License: Up to 1 year in county jail.
- Pointing a Firearm: 0.5 to 2.5 years in state prison, 1 year advised.
- Criminal Recklessness: 1 to 6 years in state prison, 3 years advised.
- In addition, Class A misdemeanors carry a fine of up to $5,000, and felonies carry a fine of up to $10,000.
Experienced Indianapolis Gun Crimes Attorney Prepared to Assist You
Were you accused of committing a gun crime or unrelated offense using a firearm? Eskew Law LLC can help you fight false or unjust charges. We take this privilege and responsibility seriously for all of our clients throughout Indianapolis and Central Indiana. To speak with a skilled Indianapolis criminal defense attorney, call Eskew Law LLC at (317) 974-0177 today.